Caramel Rock seeks to develop people within the fashion industry by providing relevant training courses and opportunities within a sector that has a large financial benefit to the UK economy. According to the British fashion council the fashion industry contributes an estimated £26 billion to the UK economy which is twice the size of the car industry.
As a fashion and arts charity we aim to help young people in disadvantaged circumstances that may not have the right support or guidance and help them to connect with industry professionals, gain experience and receive the qualification they need to achieve their future career. We have already started to make a difference and we continue to create a positive influence for young people in East London. Our fashion show at the 2012 Olympics main stage was a huge success and gave students a platform to share their designs. They had the opportunity to showcase their designs at the show to a crowd of 1,000 people.
The Olympics Park which was constructed in East London, Stratford re-engaged and involved East London to be a part of an international event. It really highlighted and emphasized the huge potential that East London has to offer and contribute on a bigger stage. We aim to help nurture young talented and creative individuals and help encourage young people to work hard, stay motivated and determined regardless of their background, social status or education.
Caramel Rock charity began as part of Ascension Church running workshops in a local cafe, running shows in a local church starting in 2008. From then, the charity has grown not only working with churches but community groups, schools, youth centres, universities and businesses as well. We work with young people, and help them get back into employment or training by equipping them with the skills they need. We use fashion as a creative means to attract and engage with young people.
We also work with young people with disabilities and aim to engage them in our activities, so that they can discover their own passion. We believe that every person has a talent and a purpose, and we set out to show a wide range of people their ability and potential to succeed. We are a faith based charity that stands on Christian values.