Refugee and migrant women working with Craftspace to develop a sustainable craft social enterprise.
Shelanu – which means belonging to us – is a developing social enterprise, supported by Craftspace, of migrant and refugee women. They produce high quality craft objects inspired by their new home, the city of Birmingham and their experiences of migration.
“It’s a place to learn and try new skills, a place where I can feel connected and free to try new ideas and express my artistic side… It’s a positive way to contribute and find your place in a new place.”
A range of activities help members to develop new skills (including craft, improving English and business skills), increase confidence, combat isolation, challenge preconceptions and support integration.
• Running craft workshops for schools, adults, children and families.
• Designing, making and selling jewellery and other products inspired by the theme of migration and Birmingham .
• Public and private commissions.
Shelanu is a group of women who have all moved to Birmingham from around the world. They meet once or twice a week in Birmingham city centre to do activities including jewellery making. They also run creative community workshops with many different groups. To learn more about how to join go to the ‘Join Shelanu’ page.