Craftspace/Shelanu

Social Enterprise Workshops

In 2010/11 we worked with Craftspace – a crafts development organisation in Birmingham – to deliver a number of tailored social enterprise workshops with a collective of migrant and refugee women. We spent time getting to know the group, the majority having English as a second language, focusing our training on developing social enterprise understanding and exploring what a craft social enterprise might look like.

Following a series of taster sessions across the city, a core group of women emerged to take the women-led craft social enterprise forward. The group decided to name the social enterprise Shelanu, which means ‘belonging to us’. The group are now working on a range of jewellery inspired by themes of flight and migration. Shelanu has been successful in enabling the women to acquire and develop new skills which not only support them in the realisation of the enterprise, but also help support them in their own lives.

“I must say how really impressed we’ve been with the workshops that you have run. They’ve been really well pitched and inspirational! Thank you.” Susan Hope, Craftspace.