Workshops

SWISH – Clothes Swap, Mending & Upcycling

Friday 17th May 7.30pm

How it works

STEP ONE: BUY YOUR TICKET

STEP TWO: BAG UP YOUR CLOTHES

They need to be in a bag that is clearly marked with your FULL name (we have a LOT of Clares coming)… if possible, please provide coat hangers, any spares are greatly appreciated.

We are looking for good quality, washed and ironed clothes, shoes and handbags in excellent condition (no stains or rips) 

MAXIMUM of 30 items from each participant

STEP THREE: THE CLOTHES DROP!

Drop them any time between NOW, and 7.30pm on the night of the SWISH, to The Duck Pond Collective (TDPC) – 72 High Street, Ruislip HA4 7AA

#THESOONERTHEBETTER

STEP FOUR: ARRIVE AT TDPC STORE FOR 7.30PM

On the night please drop your clothes by 7.30pm at the latest. Our hosts will direct you to the Hop and Vine for a complimentary drink whilst our in store style guru sorts the clothes ready for the swap. No quibbles on banding, please ☺.

If you are likely to be uncomfortable with our decision we would ask that you hold onto your clothes.

Clothes will be sorted into three bands:

  • Fast Fashion (eg Primark, New Look)
  • High Street (eg Next, Marks and Spencer, Boden)
  • High End (eg Calvin Klein, Ted Baker)

To keep a balance of style, please pack your bag with a maximum of: 

  • 5 items in Fast Fashion
  • 15 in High Street 
  • 10 in High End 

30 CLOTHES IN TOTAL – No children clothes. You are welcome to bring men’s clothes

STEP FIVE: RETURNING TO THE SHOP

You’ll be given vouchers for each item that you have donated. The number of vouchers you get will relate to the clothes you have donated and which category they belong in.

When you look through the rails and find something you would like to take home, you hand over some of your vouchers and then, congratulations, you’ve just contributed to sustainability and that little item in your hands has found its new home. #adoptdontshop

Fast Fashion: 1 voucher

High Street: 3 vouchers

High End 5 vouchers

STEP SIX: AFTER THE EVENT

After the event we will be keeping a clothes swap rail in the store, so keep hold of left over vouchers and swap again in the future. (or collect your remaining items during the following week)

AWESOME EXTRAS…

SEAMSTRESS: There will be a seamstress in store on the night. Bring along those jeans or dress you brought and never turned up and they will alter them for a small fee.

UPCYCLER: Nina, our expert up cycler, will also be on hand to add sparkle to item that need a revival. We will have ribbons, buttons, leather and lace on hand – so please bring along plain t-shirts, or any items that could do with a quick revival, and Nina will turn them into something special for you

Workshops

Be More Cat – Upcycling Workshop

Thursday 23rd May 1-3pm

“Be More Cat”

Upcycling workshop, incorporating feline-inspired Mindfulness training, cat wisdom-ergonomics, and a Pussycat Prosecco cocktail (or non-alcohol option) along with the upcycling tuition to create your first Wonky Cat.

Materials included – take your Wonkies home with you!

Skill requirement;

1. Basic sewing skills only – no knitting, its upcycling sweaters already in existence

2. Cat-ergonomics, Mindfulness training; no experience necessary

3. Cocktail management – able to hold glass without spilling!

£12 per person

Over 16s only

All profits from workshops will be going to Wonky Pet Rescue, who provide forever-home care for all sorts of rescue animals with physical, medical or psychological wonkyness.

Workshops

How to use Excel Workshop/Drop In

Microsoft Excel Workshop / Drop in

Are you daunted by spreadsheets and don’t know where to start  ? 

Or

are you a more advanced user who wants to move to the next level ? 

This session can help get you started with basic formulae and tables

or

some of the more complex functions like vlookups,  pivot tables and charts.

 
You can also bring along your own spreadsheet for some help on a particular task .  

Excel (or its free Google equivalent – Google Sheets) is a brilliant tool for calculating and tracking all types or numerical data – most obviously household expenses or small business  accounts but can be daunting if you’ve never used it before.

NEXT WORKSHOP:

WEDNESDAY 22nd May 1-3pm

To get the most from this session, please book a ticket in advance*

(Please book at least 24 hours before) 

Once you have booked Linda will contact you to understand what level of support you would like so she can best tailor the session. 

If you are keen to have help, but cannot make this session, please fill in the form below:

* you will need to supply your own laptop