A few years ago, in a previous job, I was looking for voluntary work for a customer and stumbled across some opportunities to volunteer in a Bridal shop. It wasn’t right for that customer, but it looked like such an amazing opportunity, I stored it away in my memory for the future. Fast forward a couple of years, and my boyfriend surprised me with a proposal! I immediately remembered the shop that I’d seen all those years ago, and got on Google to see if they were still there. I was in luck. I got in touch with Angel Face and a few days later (and more than a year before the wedding itself) I found myself in there trying on what would become my wedding dress. (In my haste, I tried that dress on, not in the traditional company of my Mum and bridesmaids, but of my 3 month old son.)
Angel Face is much more than a bridal boutique. They are a social enterprise. They provide fantastic, friendly and personal service that makes you feel like the first bride they have ever worked with, and then they invest their profits in young people. They create training, sponsorship and employment opportunities – helping young people discover their talents – in design, seamstressing, modelling, photography or event planning. They also showcase young and local designers in their shop.
If you are lucky enough to be looking for a wedding dress, I highly recommend visiting Angel Face’s lovely shop on the river in Buckfastleigh, Devon. You can also follow them on Facebook.
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust
Supporting families since 1853. The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) was founded over 150 years ago, to support disadvantaged children, whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry. We provide grants to support all aspects of a child’s well-being including sickness, disability, bereavement, and issues arising from financial hardship. Here in Devon, thousands of parents are, or have been, employed in retailing in clothing or shoe shops, working in manufacturing or working in our historic Mills. When family crisis strikes or financial hardship takes hold, children are often on the frontline of suffering. This amazing charity provides essential grants to ensure every affected child can still thrive and achieve their dreams. Learn more about FTCT here.
The BIG Little Dream Company
This is the non-profit arm of Angel Face devoted to helping children and young people gain self confidence, skills and belief in their talent. We provide a broad range of skills based programmes to help discover and nurture the best talent in the South West, particularly amongst children, young people and women who have faced significant barriers in their lives. We believe passionately in the heritage of local communities and reviving skills in industries that have declined here in the UK. We want to inspire a new generation of designers, craftsmen and women, sales and marketing leaders and young entrepreneurs who embrace the concept of social enterprise. We link emerging young leaders with experienced industry contacts to provide mentoring and support as they set about turning their dreams into a big reality. We aim to contribute to the re-generation of vibrant, prosperous local communities here in the South West. For more information: 01364 644988