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The Widening Participation Unit at London College of Fashion (LCF) has set up a long-term partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice and three local Hackney schools. This ongoing programme has developed over three years through a process of co-creation by all partners.
The College’s work is centred on the development of ideas and LCF’s core mission is to “Fashion the Future”. Student ambassadors and alumni have led classroom-based sessions exploring global perspectives on sustainable fashion as well as practical activities at the college site in Hackney. School students have also come into the hospice and worked with patients, making bags, scarves and jewellery, whilst swapping skills and stories.
This is a unique opportunity for young people to understand the role of the hospice in the community and experience hospice life, as well as gaining skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship, sustainable fashion and teamwork.
1 This has inspired us to consider how to integrate this type of activity elsewhere in our teaching through a shared module around social responsibility
2 Through openness to evolution and co-creation, a mutually beneficial, ongoing relationship can be built between diverse partners
3 Practical sessions offer opportunities for discussion and reflection on global issues, encouraging discussion and skill sharing between diverse groups.
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