Common Thread


Business Number: 108236522RR0001

Threadworks training fund

Threadworks is a 12-week industrial sewing training program for people with mental health challenges, physical disabilities and other barriers to employment. The program is free to the participants, and relies on the generous support of our funders.

This short program enables our graduates to find work in the textile industry, breaking the cycle of poverty and marginalization that many of them have experienced throughout their lives. If full time employment is not possible because of the health challenges, our graduates join our own production team where we focus on making tote bags from repurposed street banners. Our training and production programs help those who would struggle to find work otherwise, alleviate the economic hardship, and provide a safe, welcoming environment in which our participants can thrive. By making a gift to our training fund, you will help more people like Don, who completed the training program three years ago, and has been an integral part of our production team since then.

"Joining the sewing program at Craftworks has changed my life. Being part of a team where everyone has mental health challenges and has had similar difficulties to me, makes a big difference. I don’t feel judged, and I feel part of a team where my skills and knowledge are valued, and my mental health challenges are respected."