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Make Do & Grow CIC
Make Do & Grow is a social enterprise which provides low cost, second-hand clothing and toys for children aged 3-12, as well as creative sessions such as crafting and free-play.
Based in Govan, Glasgow, Make Do & Grow works to create an environment where creativity can flourish from a young age, where communities work together to reduce waste, and families are empowered through compassion and inclusion.
Make Do & Grow uses structured classes to encourage creative development, while free play sessions promote social interaction among children, using predominantly recyclable materials.
A retail unit offers affordable, quality ‘pre-loved’ and upcycled clothing and toys, with all profits put towards the funding of further free and affordable creative sessions, reducing waste and projects supporting the local community.
Make Do & Grow divides its work between three social issues to form the basis of their activities:
Enabling creativity
Rather than be simply an end in itself, Make Do & Grow believes that the process of creating can have real, positive social impact on the individual and is hugely beneficial to child well-being and development.
For that reason, they work to remove some of the common barriers to creativity by offering space, materials, equipment and guidance in the form of both structured workshops and free-play sessions where children learn to engage their creativity from a young age.
Empowering families is central to their work and everyone is welcome to participate. Parents and carers stay for the activities to enjoy the family time together, join in and support.
In free-play sessions, children are provided with various scrap materials to work creatively to provide both imaginative and problem-solving skills to encourage the development of cognitive abilities and motor skills.
Building Family and Community
Make Do & Grow strive to provide free or affordable access to creative activities, toys and clothing for growing children in the local community, including those families on a low income.
Founded in the summer of 2017, they hope to be able to grow to include creative activities for children with special needs and support integration for those families newly into the community.
There are also plans to use their creative workshop space to host information and signposting services aimed at local families.
Reducing Waste
Make Do & Grow take donations of clean, quality clothing and toys for children aged 3-12., reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill every year by keeping quality clothing in the community.
Most of the crafting materials come from donated household waste, such as kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes, newspapers and clear plastic containers.
Make Do & Grow are working towards a fully circular recycle practice, whereby clothing donations which are unsuitable for resale are used for clothing aprons or scrap material for creative workshops.
For more information, contact:
Make Do & Grow
41 Burleigh street
G44 5LB


Twitter: @makedogrow

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210