History

In 1990, Susan Magauran started the All Sewn up training project at LMHS, which was then based on Wandsworth Road. She was joined by fellow Diploma in Design and Craft student Pascaline Lambert (at what is now called Metropolitan University) to teach courses.

At the time, ASUP ran a full teaching program and employed a full time Project manager, a full time community development officer, two full time crèche workers and Pascaline with LMHS providing administrative support.

In 1992 Susan resigned and six months later, Sylvia Cook was employed with Pascaline remaining as a part-time tutor. Sylvia left All Sewn Up after many years of dedicated work in 2000, and Pascaline took over as Project Manager.

Over the years All Sewn Up's fortunes have been varied due to funding not always being available when needed. The local authority ceased to fund the project at the end of 2001 and LMHS was forced to close the project in February 2002. Three years later LMHS reopened the project with Pascaline as Project Manager, there was subsequently a brief lack of funding which led to a temporary closure. However thanks to a initial£30,000 grant from the Walcott Foundation in 2007, the project has been able to remain open.

In the past couple of years, All Sewn Up has received funding from the National Lottery and other foundations, which enabled us to provide courses in employability skills. Currently we are offering self funding Community Learning Program courses in soft furnishing and clothes making. We are hopeful about securing new grants which will enable us to resume the City & Guilds courses. Applications are continuously underway and donations are always welcome to help keep this worthwhile and long-lasting project alive.