By providing meaningful employment and training in hostels across the UK, Pivot is empowering people experiencing homelessness one earring at a time
Award winning social enterprise Pivot has launched a stunning DIY Christmas bauble and has pledged all sale proceeds to run its next jewellery making training programme that supports people experiencing homelessness in the UK.
The Christmas tree bauble, it’s first ever make-at-home accessory, will join the Pivot’s other hand-crafted range – including earrings, necklaces, bookmarks and keyrings – all of which make perfect ethical gifts or stocking fillers for a loved one this holiday season.
Founded in November 2019 by Alice Moxely, Pivot teaches people experiencing homelessness to design, make and sell jewellery, while providing coaching and financial support. All sessions are delivered in homeless hostels, bringing support directly to those who may find it difficult to access.
Pivot’s awards for jewellery design and efforts to tackle homelessness:
The social enterprise has been awarded a number of accolades for both its jewellery design and work to help end homelessness.
In October, Pivot won Westfield London’s ‘Future Fashion’ competition’s jewellery category for its environmentally sustainable capsule collection titled “Building and sustaining opportunities”. The competition was judged by Royal College of Art, John Lewis & Partners, Save Your Wardrobe, Emily Carter London and Love not Landfill.
In 2020 Pivot’s founder Alice Moxley was named one of Pioneer Post’s “Women of inspiration”. Moxley also received the Shackleton Leadership Award in 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs.
Where you can buy Pivot’s collection from this Christmas:
In the run up to Christmas Pivot will have a pop-up stall at a number of London markets, including Lambeth Town Hall on November 27th, Dulwich College Christmas Fair November 28th and Stepney Christmas Market on December 11th.
Pivot is also working with Crisis, the UK’s national charity supporting people experiencing homelessness, over December selling its range in Islington. More information about their upcoming events can be found here.
The social enterprise range is available on its website and from its online stockist including: Crisis, The British Red Cross, Not On The High Street, Cubitts, The Big Issue, Pantree, Deptford Does Art, Crafty Fox and Social Supermarket.
Customers can also learn how to make jewellery from scratch at one of Pivot’s jewellery making workshops, led by a Maker who has graduated from the organisation’s hostel-based training programme.
Comments from Pivot’s team and makers:
“At Pivot we believe in the healing power of making something with your hands from scratch. Not only does it focus the mind, but by the end you have made a beautiful creation that someone can wear or decorate a tree with or mark their place in a good book. We designed the DIY Christmas bauble so our customers could experience the joy of making in their own homes,” said Pivot’s Founder Alice Moxley.
“Mental health in these places [hostels] is crazy. The longer you’re in there the less empowered you are to get these work opportunities. But through its programmes Pivot provides people living in hostels with a chance to build up their confidence and skills, so they can work towards finding accommodation and employment.All of the sales raised from the DIY Christmas bauble will go toward running our next training programme and supporting our growing team, which hires directly from the pool of programme graduates. As someone who has been through the programme I know what a lifeline it was for me,” said Jason, workshops and programme lead and programme graduate.