August 2023

The Sustainable Young Makers Programme: Now open for applications!

What is the Sustainable Young Makers Programme?
Reroute’s Sustainable Young Makers Programme will support 6 young people, aged 18-30, from Hackney and Tower Hamlets to establish their own creative businesses using sustainable approaches. The project, which runs from September 2023 to March 2023, will support young creatives to set up or grow their own business in textiles, fashion or making using sustainable approaches.

Young creatives selected to take part will receive:
  • Access to studio workspace at the Textile Reuse Hub at the Tramery Fish Island village
  • A £500 grant to help get your business off the ground
  • Opportunities to showcase and sell your products
  • Access to the Make a Living business development programme, run by Yodomo
  • Mentoring and support from established fashion and textile businesses

Who is eligible for the programme?
The Sustainable Young Makers Programme is for young makers, small creative practitioners or emerging businesses working in fashion or textiles who are:
  • Aged 18-30
  • Living in either the London Borough of Hackney; or the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Educated to any level

How do I apply?
Simply fill out and submit this Google form before the closing date of Monday 4th September.

For more information and support with your application, contact Kianu at

This project is part of Reroute, an initiative designed by local people and businesses in Hackney Wick and Fish Island aimed at tackling climate change. The programme is run as a partnership between Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust, Yodomo Ltd and Rise up East and is funded by the Mayor of Lond

June 2023

New Textile Reuse Hub to launch this summer

Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust (HWFI CDT) is excited to announce that, as part of the ReRoute project, it has secured a space with The Trampery Fish Island Village, to launch a textile reuse hub that will focus on solutions to reduce textile waste and be the home of the Sustainable Young Makers programme. 

The Textile Reuse Hub will showcase circular economy approaches to fashion and making and is the first ReRoute project to launch.

ReRoute is coordinated by HWFI CDT and is a programme to test, trial, scale and grow ideas and business initiatives that seek to reduce the amount of waste and emissions in the local area. ReRoute is a project designed by local people and businesses aimed at tackling climate change by coordinating local action and working together.

The Sustainable Young Makers Programme will run out of the Textile Reuse Hub and support young people from the local area to establish their own creative businesses using sustainable approaches.  Young creatives will learn key business and sustainability skills working with Yodomo's professional maker community.  They will have the opportunity to work in the space, and use the space as a platform to launch and sell products. 

The Hub will also host community workshops focused on the reuse of textile waste, encouraging all of us to build more sustainability into our lives and learn about the reuse of textiles, materials and ways to avoid unnecessary textile waste. 

The Textile Reuse Hub will be managed by social venture partners Yodomo, with programme support from Poplar HARCA, Rise Up East and local youth charities with space provided by the Trampery. 

The space will:

  • Provide a demonstrator for circular economy approaches to making, encouraging materials reuse and a space to use machinery and learn about materials to support sustainable making
  • Support young makers to gain experience in building their own fashion and making businesses, using circular approaches, or to adapt existing businesses to build in more sustainable approaches
  • Provide showcasing opportunities, including product launches, for Sustainable Young Makers
  • Engage the wider community in sustainable approaches to making through a series of events and activities
  • Encourage circular approaches in the wider Hackney Wick and Fish Island fashion, creative and making communities via access to material resources, linked to the Hackney Creative Reuse Project at Hackney City Farm

The Textile Reuse Hub has been made possible by the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) High Streets For All Challenge Fund and support from the London Borough of Hackney. In 2021, the GLA funded the HWFI CDT to deliver a circular economy initiative in the area, to demonstrate new ways of using the high street area and engaging young people in this agenda.

August 2023

Job Opportunity: Programme Manager

We are looking for a highly skilled project manager to lead the establishment of a circular economy cluster in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Working for the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust and with Shift Innovation partners, you will be responsible for delivering the Loop and ancillary ReRoute opportunities.

The Package

Salary: £50-55k per annum with basic pension contribution.

Fixed term role until April 2025, with the opportunity of continuing beyond this phase assuming the rental model can support.

We are interested to hear from applicants interested in a secondment opportunity and who can start immediately.

Holiday: 22 days plus bank holidays.

Place of work: Day to day home working or onsite in Hackney Wick and Fish Island or the QEOP.

As this is an operational role from time to time you will be expected to work some weekends and evenings.

Deadline by Friday 29th September.

Click here to read the whole Job Description and apply.

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