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Victims of violence blossom into creative entrepreneurs
12:40pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
DOMESTIC abuse survivors have blossomed into a new role as jewellery makers.
Fledgling business Blossom Jewellery has been set up by a group of women helped by Phoenix Domestic Abuse Support Service with the aim to raise money for the charity by selling their rings, bracelets and necklaces.
The group was inspired by a workshop at Northwich gallery ArtWork Studios, in Navigation Road.
Carolyn Shepherd, director at ArtWork, said: “The ladies first worked into the studios very unsure about what to expect but their walked out as creative entrepreneurs.
“I’d call that a life changing experience.
“Learning a new skill has increased their confidence and motivated them to reach for greater achievements.
“With encouragement they have taken up the challenge to stretch themselves further.
“It will be exciting to watch their enterprise bloom and thrive.”
Beth Tyrell, a support volunteer with the group, said: “We chose the name Blossom Jewellery because it represents blossoming out from being victims of abuse into believing they are beautiful and precious.”
The project is funded by Big Lottery.
Some of the jewellery is on display at the studios.
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