If you are interested in volunteering for Mayamiko Trust, both in the UK and in Malawi, please get in touch and let us know some background information about yourself, what motivates you to volunteer, and what skills you bring to the project.
Briony volunteered at the Mayamiko Trust workshop for three months. She co-managed Mayamiko’s Malawi based production unit. Briony says: I was responsible for over seeing the entire product production process, from checking patterns received from UK designers through to making sure that garments are produced on time and of an exceptional quality. This required a significant amount of tutoring of employees. Whilst I was there we identified and initialized each individual step of the production process and ensured that a competent member of staff was allocated to each position and trained accordingly. I worked closely with the tailors teaching them an advanced level of garment construction, in order to ensure garments produced conformed to UK clothing standards. The experience in Malawi really pushed me to develop my managerial skills, subsequently instilling me with confidence and ability to run an effective team.
Tom volunteered at the Mayamiko Trust workshop in Malawi for a month, and worked with Dominic, our master dyer, on developing some hand batiked and hand-dyed products. Tom says:
In 2009 I decided to undertake a 'summer school' in pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion. Having felt that this was the profession for me I immediately sighed up to a Bespoke Tailoring course offered by Newham College. Since then I have completed a number of other course in dyeing and weaving, volunteered for various charities and started a Psychology Degree with the Open University. I am currently looking into community engagement work either through the arts or third sector organisations.