In the upcycling sewing project *vergissmeinnicht*, new products are sewn from old clothes and fabrics that we collect from the clothing chamber of the Caritasverband Berlin e.V.. The project is aimed at young people aged 16-30 who would like to volunteer. The mass production of textiles harms the environment through the use of pesticides and chemicals and precarious working conditions in the textile industry make people live in poverty. Clothes have become disposable: on average, every adult German owns about 95 pieces of clothing - 19% of which are hardly ever worn. With this project we want to set an example for sustainable consumption and against the "fast fashion" trend. In our project shop caridoo we have set up a small sewing studio with six seats. The manufactured upcycling products are sold in the caridoo and on markets in Berlin. The proceeds go to social projects of the Caritasverband für das Erzbistum Berlin e.V.. Everyone who is interested in upcycling and sewing is cordially invited to come to our monthly "Newcomer Days" and get to know the project.
Each first Tuesday a month there is a NEWCOMER'S DAY for everyone who's interested in joining in, learning how to operate a sewing machine or being interested in upcycling. This day is especially for those who haven't been there yet and want to get a taste. Furthermore there are ongoing dates every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 pm. We are looking for committed young people (like you) who want to deal with old materials (used clothes and fabrics, old bicycle tubes, etc.) and create new products from them, which we sell and donate the proceeds to social projects of Caritas. We are looking forward to further creative ideas to expand our *vergissmeinnicht* product range.
Co-equal and respectful treatments are very important. We are looking for committed volunteers who are willing to introduce new ideas while implementing their know-how. Together we can learn from each other! We want a win-win situation for everyone who´s getting involved :) It's not a must but definitely it is definitely of advantage if you have sewing skills.
At the moment we are unfortunately unable to hold any events due to the current regulations. As soon as it starts again, we will notify you.
The youngcaritas Berlin belongs to the Caritasverband für das Erzbistum Berlin e.V. and promotes young people's commitment. Our goal is to introduce young people to politically and socially "explosive" topics and to teach them a more attentive and conscious use of environmental resources, both through theoretical input and through practical implementation. The goal of youngcaritas Berlin is to win as many young people as possible for voluntary work, be it for the youngcaritas projects "Kulturbuddys", *vergissmeinnicht* or through counselling and placement in various institutions and projects.More about the organisation