If you travel through the Valais region of Switzerland near where I grew up, you might notice some of the chalets have heart shaped windows carved in the front wooden wall.
In traditional Swiss architecture these hearts were included in the walls to represent the number of daughters in a family, so there is one heart that represents me in the wall of our chalet. For the Swiss (and for me), home is truly where the heart is!
This, for me, is really what the spirit of Christmas is all about – spending time with those you love, celebrating and being grateful for the significant relationships that sustain us in our transient world.
Family is at the centre of everything we do at Goodmakes – supporting mothers to share their (sometimes difficult) stories of motherhood, learn new skills, make new friends and providing a nurturing environment for them to become independent so they can better support their families.
So Merry Christmas to you and yours and thank you for all of your support this year!
I’m glad you’ve found us. If you’ve arrived here you have probably been looking for one of these things – children’s clothing, textile design, topics relating to motherhood, mothers returning to work or social enterprises.
My name is Stephanie and I am setting up a new social enterprise called goodmakes which aims to help mothers gain the skills and confidence to find a job and start work after having a baby. This will be achieved through a business structure based on creative textile design workshops where children’s trousers are produced leading to month-long internship opportunities with goodmakes in a child-friendly, safe and nurturing work environment that helps build skills and confidence.
Mothers come along to a free goodmakes textile design workshop where they share stories of motherhood and use those narratives as inspiration to design the textiles which will be used to make children’s trousers.
As a first step, the workshops encourage mothers to socialise and meet other mothers whilst learning about textile design, which may be enough of an out-take for some mothers.
During the workshops mothers will be offered the opportunity to intern with goodmakes for a month to gain skills to add to their CV in a variety of roles including Sales, Marketing, Updating the Website, Sewing and Textile Design. They will also be offered help with their CV content and layout and interview skills.
If you are interested in our story or you are thinking about setting up a social enterprise yourself, follow me as I set up goodmakes and I will keep you posted on our progress!