Case study: A suit for prom
Thread Ahead was contacted by a Youth Worker from the Refugee Council on behalf of S, a 16-year-old boy who was seeking asylum in the UK with his mother. S and his mother were living in a Home Office hotel and had very limited access to new clothes, particularly smarter items. S desperately wanted to attend his Year 11 prom but was unable to do so without a suit. Thread Ahead were able to provide S with a brand new, high-quality suit, which meant he could attend his prom with confidence, knowing that he looked the part.
His Youth Worker told us: Thank you, Thread Ahead, for making it possible for our young person to attend their prom with a wonderful new suit! Your donation has helped promote equal opportunities in education. Men’s smart clothing is hard to find but so needed to support asylum seekers and refugees in education and employment.
Case study: Tote bags by Benita
In addition to providing items, Thread Ahead works with brand partners to offer its visitors wider access to the fashion and creative industries. For example, one young visitor and volunteer, Benita, told Thread Ahead that she wants to pursue fashion and design. Thread Ahead facilitated a workshop with a designer from a partner brand, BPM. Together, they created a design which expressed what Thread Ahead meant to Benita: dignity, community and solidarity. Their design was printed on sustainably sourced tote bags, which were sold to fundraise for Thread Ahead. We were able to offer Benita useful experience, which she could list on applications and her CV, while also centering a voice from the community when talking about what we do.
Benita told us: For me, this design means love, understanding, trust, support, everything.