Florence Norman started making jewellery while in rehab. The new skills she learned at the weekly craft sessions she attended gave her a much-needed sense of achievement and she found that her self-esteem began to grow. After she completed her treatment, she decided to keep making jewellery. She invited other friends in similar situations to join her, and together they began to discover an opportunity to give more women like them a way out of addiction lifestyles by sharing their new skills.
Two and a half years later, Sweet Cavanagh is an award-winning social enterprise, with a registered charity, a growing workforce and premises in Notting Hill. It specialises in bold, standout jewellery pieces crafted from colourful semi-precious stones and intricate metal work. All the profits that it makes from selling its jewellery are reinvested into purchasing materials and training more craftswomen.
Florence herself can personally vouch for the impact that making jewellery has had on her life; She writes that, ‘at the age of 24 I felt so defeated that the small act of making a bracelet was like a mighty triumph to me, and slowly my confidence began to grow.’ It’s through building confidence that Sweet Cavanagh believes that they can help more women to recover from their personal battles.
Sweet Cavanagh are going to be hosting a table at the Bit Beyond Christmas market on 14th December in Christ Church Spitalfields, and we’re really excited to have them there. You can read more about their story here: http://sweet-cavanagh.myshopify.com/pages/about-us