Sheffield mum has new career path sewn up

Cheryl Bryant with her sewing machine purchased by Guinness Northern Counties.  credit:  leeboswellphotography.com 4/9/14
Cheryl Bryant with her sewing machine purchased by Guinness Northern Counties. credit: leeboswellphotography.com 4/9/14
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An out-of-work single mum is running up a stylish new career future – after being awarded funding to help her continue her sewing training course.

Cheryl Bryant, aged 51, was able to buy a sewing machine and the extending table she needed to carry on with her course in professional curtain making and soft furnishings, thanks to money from her landlord Guinness Northern Counties.

Cheryl lives with her 14-year-old daughter at Springwell Gardens in Rotherham, and has always had a passion for sewing and needlework, but in December embarked on the course she hopes will help turn her lifelong hobby into a career.

“I have been out of work for several months but I’m continuing to study to widen my skills in the hope of gaining future employment, or even to set up in business myself,” said Cheryl.

“Guinness Northern Counties’ Aspire Awards first came to my attention via a leaflet. As I was already studying a professional curtain making and soft furnishing course, I applied for a grant to help with tools and machinery costs.

“My success in securing a grant puts me one step closer to achieving my aspirations, and I am very grateful to Guinness Northern Counties for their help.”

Over the last five years 172 Aspire Awards have been granted, totalling over £150,000 in funding.

This year’s awards have helped to fund a first aid course, an early years foundation course, creative writing, business and IT courses, counselling courses, driving instructor training, an accounting diploma, and equipment to run boxing classes.