Welcome to Clothing Works
Farm House Rise, Exminster, EXETER EX6 8AB, Tel: 01392 829063, Fax: 01392 829068, E-mail: enquiries@clothing-works.co.uk
Part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Wonford House Hospital, Dryden Road, Exeter EX2 5AF

News


December 2014

New Leaf hosted a hugely enjoyable and informative Open Morning on the 12th of December, attended by individuals with mental health challenges, health care professionals and employers.

Feedback has been wonderful and the event has served to raise the profile of our vocational rehabilitation service. We are now in discussion with several organisations to secure increased client referrals and commercial contracts. People using the service and staff from all our departments – Wood Work, Horticultural Nursery, Print and Clothing Works – came together to create a fantastic display of goods, services and produce. The Cafe and catering department outdid themselves with a buffet that was appreciated by all!

For those of you who were unable to attend but would like to find out more, call New Leaf on 01392 823720 to book an informal visit. These take place at our site in Exminster every Wednesday at 1.45pm.

Kim Hewett


October 2014

Listening to our customers...

An Occupational Therapist recently emailed us to suggest we offer a short-sleeved overgarment that would display the professional logo, while still complying with hygiene regulations.

We listened... we researched... we tested and then we launched the fleece body warmer! With the same material and quality of its long-sleeved counterpart (a bestseller at Clothing Works) but able to be worn in environments where clothing must stop at the elbow.

So thank you to our customer for taking the time to suggest this new product line.

If you have a suggestion for a product line we should offer, please get in touch at enquiries@clothing-works.co.uk

Kim Hewett


September 2014

Clothing Works is delighted to be providing bags and poloshirts for the forthcoming MINDFUL EMPLOYER® Conference, celebrating 10 years of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative. Guest speakers at the conference include Dame Carol Black, Norman Lamb MP and Pen Hadow;

www.mindfulemployer.net/conference

Developed, led and supported by employers, MINDFUL EMPLOYER® provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Their website contains a wealth of information about the law, good practice, managing mental wellbeing, training and also the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® charter;

www.mindfulemployer.net

Kim Hewett


July 2014

Proud to Support Waffle the Lakeland Terrier and Terrier SOS

As seen on TV!!!

Local celebrity Waffle, the Lakeland Terrier, has bounced across the news due to his magnificent ball-finding, fund-raising skills. He even appeared on the BBC's One Show on July 10th!

Waffle has a real talent for finding lost balls on his walkies and his skills are now being put to good use raising money for the charity Terrier SOS. People are asked to donate £1 every time Waffle finds a ball, and so far over £3000 has been raised!

Clothing Works are proud to have been able to donate a hi-viz dog jacket to Waffle and a Tshirt to his owner, in support of the Terrier SOS charity. We wish Waffle and Terrier SOS every success in their future fundraising

If you would like to contact us to discuss your printing or embroidery idea, please ring 01392 829063 or email enquiries@clothing-works.co.uk. There's no minimum order and the more orders we receive, the more placements we are able to provide for people.

Kim Hewett


June 2014 – supporting local business

We are proud to have been asked to provide staff T-shirts for local business, Hanlons Brewery. Under new ownership, this business is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to have been able to supply them with 84 printed T-shirts. Clothing Works wishes them all the best for the future.

If you would like to contact us to discuss your printing or embroidery idea, please ring 01392 829063 or email enquiries@clothing-works.co.uk. There's no minimum order and the more orders we receive, the more placements we are able to provide for people.

Kim


June 2014

We are pleased to once again be providing the College of Occupational Therapists with the T-shirts for their stewards at their Annual Conference in Brighton, 3-5 June.

This order provided the opportunity for one person within our department to work independently in commercial printing for the first time.

Remember – the more orders we receive, the more placements we are able to provide for people.

Kim Hewett


May 2014

We are delighted to have been asked by the University of Ulster to provide commemorative bags as part of their celebrations marking 40 years of Occupational Therapy education in their institution; the only provider of degree-level occupational therapy education in Northern Ireland.

This order enabled us to provide one person with their first ever experience of commercial printing.

Remember – the more orders we receive, the more placements we are able to provide for people.

Kim Hewett


March 2014 – Street Triage goes ‘live’ with our hi-viz safety waistcoats!

The Street Triage project with police in Devon went live two weeks ago and is already proving to be a great success. The one-year pilot sees mental health professionals sitting alongside police colleagues in the Exeter control room. The team provides telephone advice and information to Police Response Units all over Devon who have been called to an incident where specialist mental health expertise may be of help.

They may also be called upon to attend an incident in person to carry out triage and assessment. In which case, they will be easily spotted as we were proud to be asked to provide their hi-viz safety jackets.

Our local BBC news program, ‘Spotlight’ will be broadcasting a piece on the Street Triage Project in the next few days.

Kim Hewett


December 2013 – Moving on

The whole purpose of Clothing Works is to support individuals in developing the work-based skills and confidence that will enable them to move onto paid employment. Therefore we are very proud to announce that the person who began an administrative placement with us for just one morning a week in May 2012 is now leaving us to begin full-time paid employment.

In just 18 months, they have developed confidence in all aspects of employment, from using public transport to attending development meetings for the whole staff team. We thank them for their hard work, initiative and boundless enthusiasm and wish them continued success in the future.

Remember the more orders we receive, the more placements we are able to offer people, so please take the time to browse our product pages or contact us with an embroidery idea of your own.

Kim Hewett



From July 2013 - Don't miss our buy one get one free offer!
  Applies to Occupational Therapy Bottle Green SWEATSHIRTS
and Bottle Green HOODED SWEATSHIRTS only
Click on an image to go to the relevant page.
In any combination - Get the cheaper one free.
Stocks are limited so hurry!!!


June 2013 – College of Occupational Therapists' Conference

As in past years we are proud to provide the T–shirts for the 60 Stewards at this year's annual conference.

 

 

Kim Hewett, May 2013


February 2013 - Supporting Chilli Children Project, Uganda

We have are proud to have again been able to provide discounted clothing for the Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the community-based Chilli Children Project in South West Uganda. The Chilli Children Trust is a UK registered charity , working to improve the lives of thousands of children in Uganda. For more information about their work, visit www.chillichildren.com.
The photo features Evas Nahabwe, Project Manager.

Kim Hewett


February 2013 – New items in our clearance sale

We regularly add items to our Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist clearance sales so make sure you take a look and don’t miss a bargain!

Kim Hewett


January 2013 – New paid placement

At the end of 2012 we were able to advertise a vacancy for the role of ‘Design & Print Technician’ - responsible for mentoring people on placement with us and designing artwork for your bespoke orders. I am delighted to announce that the successful applicant was someone who has been with us on a work placement for the past 18 months. As well as being a huge asset for us and a great step forward for him, this also frees up another placement for anyone interested. Remember, the more orders you make, the more placement opportunities we can offer so please take the time to browse our product pages or contact us with a printing or embroidery idea of your own.

Kim Hewett


21st August 2012 – a new beginning and new product range

We have been able to offer another learning placement within Clothing Works this week and so welcome another member of the team. This placement provides the opportunity to utilise SAGE accountancy software and learn all aspects of our finance department.

The busier we are with embroidery and printing orders, the more placements we are able to offer, so please take the time to browse our product pages or contact us with a printing idea. There’s no minimum order and we’ve today added some new garments and styles to our range, so please take a look.

Kim Hewett


New product ranges coming soon

We are excited to announce that some new products will shortly be added to our range, including bootleg trousers and a more contemporary zipped, hooded cardigan. Watch our website for details!

Moving On – success!

We said goodbye to one of our ‘trainees’ this week as he is due to begin full-time paid employment. He reflected that coming to Clothing Works had helped him to build a routine and increase his confidence in being around other people, both necessary stages to securing paid work. We wish him every success in the future and thank him for all of his hard work and commitment during his 8 months with us.

Kim Hewett, June 2012


June 2012 – College of Occupational Therapists' Conference

As in past years we are proud to provide the T–shirts for the 60 Stewards at this year's annual conference.

 

 

 

Kim Hewett, May 2012


3rd May 2012 – a new beginning

We have been able to offer another learning placement within Clothing Works this week and so welcome another member of the team. This placement provides the opportunity to develop skills and confidence within an administrative role.

The busier we are with embroidery and printing orders, the more placements we are able to offer, so please take the time to browse our product pages or contact us with a printing idea. There’s no minimum order!

Kim Hewett, May 2012


Latest News (February 2012)

The College Of Occupational Therapists kindly continue to provide support to Clothing Works. They have offered to feature our advert in their ‘OT News’ magazine twice yearly, free of charge!

Watch out for us in the Apr/May and Sep/Oct issues.

The British Association of Occupational Therapists continue to feature us in their ‘Highlights’ magazine / email.

We would like to thank everyone involved for their ongoing support of our work.


December 2011

"Read all about it!" Click here

OT News, the monthly publication for members of the College of Occupational Therapists is featuring our article this month.
Take a look to find out a bit more about the work we do here at Clothing Works as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trusts' Vocational Rehabilitation Service....


August 2011 – Working with communities in Guatemala!

Clothing Works is very pleased to have been able to print 100 T-shirts for the Akazul initiative in Guatemala.

Registered in the U.K. as a Community Interest Company (CIC), Akazul strives to preserve Guatemala’s marine and coastal environments through community based activities, with the iconic but sadly endangered Sea Turtle as its flagship species.

To learn more about the inspirational work of Akazul, visit their website at www.akazul.org.

Perhaps you’ll even be moved to sponsor a Turtle’s nest.

Kim Hewett, August 2011

P.S. Sadly, we were unable to deliver the printed T-shirts by hand!


June 2011 – College of Occupational Therapists' Conference

As in past years we are proud to provide the T–shirts for the Stewards at this year's annual conference.

Unfortunately we're not attending ourselves this year, but hope to see you all in 2012!

 

 


April 2011 – a new beginning

We have been able to offer another learning placement within Clothing Works and so welcome another member of the team. The placement provides the opportunity to learn our printing process, from design software to actual printing on bags and garments.

The busier we are with embroidery and printing orders, the more placements we are able to offer, so please take the time to browse our product pages or contact us with a printing idea. There’s no minimum order!


March 2011 – a retirement

We say goodbye to one of our members of staff this month as she retires! Having begun her time with us on a placement, as someone using mental health services, she finished as a paid member of staff, not using any mental health services at all.
We thank her for her dedication in preparing orders for despatch and her patience with our compulsory NHS ‘e-learning’!


Clothing Works’ survey update, Feb 2011

Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to complete and return their survey. We will continue sending them out for a few weeks yet, but here are a few of the things we’ve learnt;

90% of the surveys were completed by NHS employees, but only 45% of these customers had asked their employer to provide their uniform.

DID YOU KNOW that any NHS supplies / buying dept can raise an order with us and it will have no VAT added as we are also part of the NHS?

Many people commented that our garments are generously proportioned.

As our website states, apart from tunics and trousers, our garments are a unisex fitting, allowing for ease of movement at work. If you would like a ladies’ fit, please state at time of ordering. We are always happy to exchange unworn items for a more appropriate size.

We have made this clearer on our ‘size guide’ as a result of your feedback.

Kim Hewett, February 2011


January 2011 – New reduced prices for students!

From January 2011 we will be reducing the price of all garments bearing the British Association of Occupational Therapists’ ‘Student’ logo. No VAT will be added to these items saving students 20%!
So browse our products page and order some professional clothing in time for your next placement.
Remember, if we don’t feature just the style or colour you’re looking for, contact us and we will do our best to provide it.
There’s no minimum order.

Kim Hewett


16th July 2010 - OT Workshop

15 interested Occupational Therapists visited New Leaf on 16th July to learn more of our role in Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services.  After an introduction by Beriah Chandoo (Senior Membership Officer, College of Occupational Therapists), Don Crispin (New Leaf Manager) explained the work of New Leaf and its partner organisation WorkWays (www.workways.org.uk). Visitors then had a chance to visit each department in turn (Clothing Works, Carpentry, Print and Horticulture), meet the teams and turn their hand to something practical.  At the end of the afternoon, there was a chance to sample the tasty work of the catering department while chatting to staff, other Occupational Therapists etc.

We enjoyed meeting you all and hope you are using your newly printed bags!

Here are some the comments we have received about the Study Day:

  • "Fantastic afternoon (well worth giving up a half-days leave)... Very informative and inspiring staff"
  • "A fantastic resource..."
  • "Really enjoyed the day. Provided me with an excellent insight in to vocational rahab..."

Kim Hewett


22nd to 24th June 2010 - College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference

Clothing Works presented a stand in the Exhibition Hall at the College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference in Brighton. Thanks to everyone who came along and chatted to us about our role in Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services – it’s always interesting to find out what’s happening in other parts of the country.  If anyone would like to know more about our work, or arrange a visit, please feel free to get in touch.

A big ‘thank you’ to the College of Occupational Therapists for their continued support – an excellent example of collaborative working.

Some of you will be visiting us on 16th July for an OT study day and we look forward to meeting you.

 

 

Kim Hewett


1 June 2010 - Conference Preparations

We have printed the stewards' T-shirts for the College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference and are now getting ourselves ready for the big event.

We will be on Stand 61 in the Exhibition Hall, so please come along and introduce yourself if you would like to see our garments, or chat to us about our work in Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Kim Hewett


30 March 2010 - New Recruits

Two more people are beginning a placement at Clothing Works this week. The first is working with us to develop his social skills and confidence by helping with our website and printing. The second is also looking to develop her confidence, but she has opted to learn the financial procedures in using SAGE, producing invoices etc.

Your continued support of Clothing Works has enabled us to offer these additional placements and continue our work within Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Kim Hewett


4 March 2010 - Trip to the College of Occupational Therapists, London.

Don and I travelled to London to meet with our colleagues at the College of Occupational Therapists. Clothing Works has been working closely with the College since 1999 and the meeting was a chance to provide another update on our progress and look at developing further links, for the benefit of people using our Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Occupational Therapists around the world.

Many excellent ideas arose from the meeting, so watch this space for further updates as they develop further. Hopefully, they will lead to us being able to provide further placements in Clothing Works and other New Leaf departments.

At the kind invitation of the College, we will once again be attending their Annual Conference, this year in Brighton from 22nd – 24th June. Maybe we will see you there?

If you would like to chat to us about any aspect of our Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or arrange a visit, please email enquiries@clothing-works.co.uk or phone 01392 829063.

Kim Hewett


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