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Making for Change

Making for Change is an award-winning project established in 2014 with the Ministry of Justice, offering women prisoners a route away from re-offending whilst addressing a skills shortage within the UK fashion manufacturing industry.

In Autumn 2019, Making for Change expanded its operation to a purpose-built design and manufacturing space at Poplar Works, in Tower Hamlets, as a hub for social engagement in the heart of the local community. This exciting development includes LCF’s partnership with The Trampery and Poplar HARCA.

Making for Change works with designers, industry, and early-stage businesses producing orders using sustainable and ethical production practices. Participants of the programme are given the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications, whilst building their experience, confidence and employability through training and skills development.

Our community projects provide the space for participants and students to engage with social and community-based agendas enabling them to connect with real-world issues and translate into their practice.

The Making for Change project has been made possible following generous support from The Portal Trust, The Mercers’ Company, The Girdlers’ Company Charitable Trust, The Worshipful Company of Drapers, The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors and The Worshipful Company of Weavers

Making for Change Downview workshop
Making for Change Downview workshop

Are you a business interested in working with the manufacturing unit?

Our production units produce garments, accessories and homeware, with current clients including Bethany Williams, Olivia Rubens, Onesta, Eco Pursuit and Abel and Cole.

Supporting Local Regeneration

Poplar Works