West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has praised the work of local social enterprise Crafting Together, following a visit to their studio and workshop at Queens Quay in Clydebank.
The local MP met with Linda Murray, director of Crafting Together, along with staff and volunteers to hear about projects to develop skills and create work training opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.
The group was launched in 2017 by teachers and former pupils of West Dunbartonshire’s Kilpatrick School. Their Makers and Volunteers participate in weekly workshops to develop skills in jewellery making, batik, loom weaving and sewing.
Crafting Together makes a range of jewellery, textile and craft products which are sold in their online shop and at several retail outlets in West Dunbartonshire and beyond.
MP Docherty-Hughes, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Textiles & Fashion, plans to promote the group’s work in parliament.
Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“I was delighted to have the chance to catch-up with the team at Crafting Together on a recent visit to their studio at Queens Quay.
“They’re a great example of a community enterprise doing a power of work across West Dunbartonshire; supporting talented artists and creating opportunities for young people with additional support needs.
“Linda and team at Crafting Together are ambitious about tackling the disability employment gap in West Dunbartonshire, through skills development and sustainable employment opportunities.
“I intend to promote the important work they’re doing in parliament, including through the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Textiles & Fashion which I’m involved in.”
More information on Crafting Together, including the online shop, is available at their website: www.craftingtogethercic.co.uk/