Our Creative Studio 4 based on Broadwater Farm Enterprise building since May 2009 is threatened to close down because the rent was suddently increased by 66% by management. The units are kept in poor condition, our back door leading to the rest room is not working (since the beginning) and now we do not have the key to the ladies restroom. The front pillars are cracked and looking neglected, while buses pass in front on a daily basis. The units were meant as social workshops: would anyone be able to advise whether such a drastic rent increase is in order? And how are we going to face the changes as a small voluntary group?
CS4 is home to daily after classes design support groups for the younger children, the youths, and has helped young dads with CV writing and graphic/design development. Due to budget cuts with Connexions and Haringey, the daily free sessions stopped, but the workshop is still an open oasis where students come in to pick up free fabrics, zips, and receive advice for their textile courses, often designing and cutting new pieces, making patterns and updating their portfolio, or simply receiving on-to-one or group advice when difficult situations arise, or just to say hello.
Many locals benefit from a specialised alteration service for half or less the going rates, enabling them to make ends meet in difficult times. Now anchored in the community with sewing classes developping in local children centres and primary school as well as continuing in the local Bruce Grove Youth Centre, it would be very uprooting for growing children not to be able to be part of this village like community life where practical skills and professional knowhow are conducive of productive values as a daily incentive for hard work and a true inspiration.
As a result of CS4 presence has aspired quite a few young mums, dads and women have found their way back to work or university, and regularly offers letters of reference to get that first job. Candidates are referred by the Job Centre but no provisions are offered. The times following the riots were very traumatising but noone came to assess the situation or ask the children how they were coping.