Birmingham

Saltley is an inner-city area of east Birmingham. According to the Church Urban Fund, Saltley is one of the most deprived areas in England, with high pensioner poverty and low qualification levels.

It is also an area of high ethnic diversity, with 81 per cent of the population non-white British.

Saltley Methodist Church has seen waves of change, with the influx of a large afro-Caribbean population after World War II, and then in more recent times the growth of the Asian community.

The church is open and inclusive. They have created Saltley Neighbourhood Pensioners Club, to help integrate the different communities of older people in the area, and tackle social isolation.

Remnants started 15 years ago. A sewing group with a difference, Remnants is about, ‘sewing the fabric of a healthy community.’

In a workshop space created within the fabric of the church, a group of women meet twice a week to recycle left-over material into clothes, household items, or pieces of decorative jewellery.

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Remnants

Posted by Helen Clifton on Friday 2.8.2013

“Because it’s a church people feel safe…they think there must be something good happening here.” A sewing group with a difference, Remnants is about, ‘sewing the fabric of a healthy community’. In a workshop created within the fabric of Saltley Methodist Church, a group of women from across the community meet twice a week from […] | More