PLANNING, DESIGN, PRODUCTION, LOGISTIC, SHIPPING LISTING AND DELIVERY
Ensuring we have quality and nice products to sell in the RefuMade Dignity Centre Shop is quite a long and complicated process from ideas of what to make to final delivery to our customers.
Meeting of Sewing Cooperative.
The members of the Sewing Cooperative hold regular meetings to discuss what future items should be and how they should look. A lot of things discussed at these meetings never happen for various reasons such as, will they sell? How difficult will it be to make? Can we source the correct material? Eventually things are decided, and the process of design and choosing material are made. Most of the material is purchased in Cyprus and when we have enough we use donated material.
Ba, our Master Tailor, then cuts some material to make some samples so that final decisions can be made on the design and material used. Once everything is agreed those that wish to can start making them ready for the shop. All items are quality checked by Ba, Paula and Maya. We try and take as many photos of the items in Cyprus as possible to use on the Online Shop.
The outline of the item.
Material is chosen.
The finished product.
Once we have a have a small stock of finished items the next job is to get them to the UK. Unfortunately to post items from Cyprus to the final customer is to slow and far to expensive. We normally have quite a few volunteers returning to the UK every month, so we pack a big bag for them and we pay for the volunteer to take the items as excess baggage. If possible, John Sloan meets them at the airport to take the items with him to Solihull.
Once John has them in Solihull, he starts the process of listing them on our Online Shop using the photos sent from Cyprus or if need be taking photos at home (you can always spot the photos taken by John.) Once the item is sold John packages them and sends them to the customer. For the UK we always aim to have them delivered within 2-3 working days. During the next month John will be helped by other volunteers and stock will be sent from 3 different locations, as usual things are made possible thanks to our amazing volunteers. A very big thank you should go to Laura Matteini who lives in Italy and has volunteered in Cyprus. Laura has given up many hours of her time to make the Shop something we at Refugee Support are very proud of. We hope you like it.
Listed on Shop Site and ready to go.
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