Building confidence and developing skills that can be applied to everyday life – that’s the aim of the Muto Workshops. On Tuesday 17 July, we decided to put these skills into practice, giving volunteers the opportunity to run the workshops by themselves.

Muto dedicates a huge portion of its efforts to supporting vulnerable adults and raising awareness on the effect the clothing industry has on the environment. As a result, the project encourages volunteers to take on new challenges during each session to create a path of success that they will be able to look back on.

Ange Edge, a regular attendee, was asked to run the workshop and aid people in the creation of wall hangings that will be taken around the country to represent MUTO during this festival season.

‘I must admit I was nervous, I have issues with my confidence but was happy that I was trusted to take charge – it’s a massive boost for me. Everyone’s creative and getting on with it, it’s going really well.’

The workshop ran at its usual hours of 10-12 at Fearon Hall in Loughborough. Emma Pimm, a member of staff at Fearon Hall has watched the development of the MUTO workshops since they began in 2016;

‘I think it’s been wonderful, I’ve seen so many people engaging and having a great time. It’s really good, we’ve had a lot of people ask who and what MUTO is so there’s a lot of interest. Jen’s been great. She’s friendly and approachable. It’s just been lovely to see people be creative.’

Everyone who has attended the MUTO workshops stand by the ethos of the project and have described their experience positively.

‘I wish people could see the enjoyment that comes out of it’ Ange added, ‘I’m enjoying adding my artistic abilities to this – I haven’t done a drawing in years and in the past two weeks I’ve done more than I have in a decade. It’s nice to see it all come into fruition with everyone’s input.’

Volunteers are given the resources to create while simultaneously enhancing their social skills. More experienced individuals often help others to learn; creating a strong sense of community in the group. Everything that MUTO sells is made by volunteers who work together to turn something old into something beautiful.

All proceeds and profits made from MUTO sales go directly back into funding the project and helping homeless and vulnerable adults at Falcon Support Services. Ange Edge stated that one of the best parts of the project is when she hears that something she made has been sold, describing it as a ‘wonderful feeling’ and a ‘huge confidence boost’.

Each week MUTO witnesses the progression of people who have been inspired to make their own efforts in living a greener life. Volunteers are the heart and soul of this project and have all given nothing but positive feedback – after the recent success of volunteer ran workshops, MUTO plans to continue supporting volunteer led sessions.