In 2022 the award-winning social enterprise Pivot will run a series of jewellery making workshops in venues across London, led by trained makers who have lived experience of homelessness.
In the run-up to Christmas Pivot will be selling workshop vouchers online and across London’s festive markets. Pivot has four workshops currently listed on its website, taking place at the House of Annetta on January 22nd, January 27th, February 12th and March 5th, with more to be released throughout the year.
Topics covered at their range of workshops include: how to make sustainable acetate earrings and glasses chains; and how to make your own silver band ring using traditional silversmithing techniques. Customers will be able to get their hands on a curated selection of pieces sold at each workshop with a 20% discount offered to all.
Founded in November 2019 by Alice Moxely, Pivot teaches people experiencing homelessness to design, make and sell jewellery, while providing coaching and financial support. All training sessions are delivered in homeless hostels, bringing support directly to those who may find it difficult to access.
Pivot’s awards for jewellery design and efforts to tackle homelessness: The social enterprise has been awarded a number of accolades for both its jewellery design and work to help end homelessness.
In October, Pivot won Westfield London’s ‘Future Fashion’ competition’s jewellery category for its environmentally sustainable capsule collection titled “Building and sustaining opportunities”. The competition was judged by Royal College of Art, John Lewis & Partners, Save Your Wardrobe, Emily Carter London and Love not Landfill.
In 2020 Pivot’s founder Alice Moxley was named one of Pioneer Post’s “Women of inspiration”. Moxley also received the Shackleton Leadership Award in 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs.
In the run-up to Christmas Pivot will have a pop-up stall at a number of London markets, including Stepney Christmas Market on December 11th and Alexandra Palace Farmer's Market on December 12th.
Pivot is also working with Crisis, the UK’s national charity supporting people experiencing homelessness, over December selling its range in Islington. More information about their upcoming events can be found here.
The social enterprise range is also available on its website and from its online stockist including: Crisis, The British Red Cross, Not On The High Street, Cubitts, The Big Issue, Pantree, Deptford Does Art, Crafty Fox and Social Supermarket.
Comments from Pivot’s team and makers: “Our workshops offer craft lovers a chance to not only make their own beautiful jewellery, but also a chance to learn from our Master Maker Jason,” said Pivot’s Founder Alice Moxley.
“Jason was part of our first cohort of Makers delivered in a North London hostel in 2019 and over the years has honed his craft as an excellent teacher. All of the sales from these workshops go towards continuing our support for inspiring individuals like Jason, by funding our training programmes and providing employment opportunities.”
Workshops and Programme Lead and programme graduate, Jason said: “Mental health in these hostels is crazy. The longer you’re in there the less empowered you are to get these work opportunities. But through its programmes Pivot provides people living in hostels with a chance to build up their confidence and skills, so they can work towards finding accommodation and employment.
“All proceeds raised from our workshops will go toward running our next training programme and supporting our growing team, which hires directly from the pool of programme graduates. As someone who has been through the programme I know what a lifeline it was for me.”