Newcastle University Fashion Society and Go Volunteer are running a winter initiative to take fabric donations from across campus and turn them into wearable items for those that need them most over Christmas.
The Leave Them Behind campaign has been collecting unwanted clothes, fabrics and craft materials throughout November and has now closed donations to focus on the hard work of transforming these items into fashionable but practical scarfs, snoods and arm warmers.
Restyle Sessions will be taking place this weekend in the Martin Luther King Room of the Students’ Union building and all students are welcome to take part and help give something back in the form of a Christmas gift before term ends.
In addition to producing timely winter warmers, the Fashion Society Treasurer Dianne Odede feels the initiative is a great way of getting students to channel and hone their creative skills.
She said, ‘We want students to be able to use their talent creatively for a good cause. Consumerism is a big problem and produces a lot of waste, so we hope campaigns like this will contribute towards resolving that.’
‘The clothes that we received this semester will all be sent to the Helping the Homeless Society in time for Christmas.’
‘They’re planning on handing out clothes on Dec 14, so as soon we finish our work they will head out to distribute the items to those that need them.’
Odede went on to say that she hopes the campaign will return for the summer season, with the aim to repeat the trick to produce free summer wear out of found and donated materials.
‘We will be making clothes for winter this semester but depending on the success of the campaign we would be happy to make products more appropriate for summer later in the year.’
With dozens of donations and a talented group of students to assist them, it’s surely only a matter of time before the initiative returns later in the year.
If you’d like to get involved, please click here for more information. This weekend’s Restyle Sessions can be found online here.