23-year old Hope always dreamt of making her own clothes and being able to show her personality through her unique style. Hope found embroidering extremely difficult in the past due to her visual impairment, and has been unable to join embroidery classes because of this.

Hope applied to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund to help progress her embroidery skills and get closer to achieving her goals of making her own clothes.

Hope used money from the Transition Fund to buy an electric embroidery machine and accessories. The machine will allow her to import her designs from her computer making it much more accessible for her and will also allow her to join embroidery classes where she can meet new friends who are passionate about the same things.

“The process of applying to the ILF Scotland Transition Fund couldn’t have been easier. I applied during lockdown and I was surprised at how quickly I received my grant approval. I thought that it would take longer given that a lot of things were closed during lockdown but actually, it was quick!”

As well as joining classes for embroidery, Hope also looks forward to sharing her designs online and being a part of a larger online community.

“Don’t be deterred by the lockdown, just go for it!”

Want to #TrySomethingNew like Hope? You too could benefit from the Transition Fund! It’s simple to apply (find out more about how to apply).