We provide a grant to the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court. Its students look to careers in areas such as fashion or restoration and the Company presents prizes to two of the highest achieving students each year. The Chief Executive, Susan Kay-Williams, is a Liveryman of the Company.
We provide a prize to the Quilt and Stitch Village which is Britain’s fastest growing annual textiles event held at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire.
We support Fine Cell Work, which is a charity that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. The work is of superb quality as prisoners are taught and supported by volunteers from the Embroiderers and Quilters Guild. The Company has recently funded the production and publication of a ‘Stitch Book’ which sets out in great detail the methodology of sewing and each book is personal to the prisoner.
Each year the Company presents five bursaries to young surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons to pay for travel and training in their area of specialisation at a crucial time in their careers.
The Company also presents bursaries to nurses at the Royal College of Nursing to assist their training in specialist areas.
The Company supports other needle-related institutions such as the Royal College of Art Textiles Department, the Victoria and Albert Museum Textiles Conservation Department
The Company has a special relationship and supports the Forge Hill Needle Museum in Redditch. The Company arranges a biennial visit to the museum at which all new Liverymen are expected to attend to learn about the history and manufacturing process of needles in the UK. The Museum recently kindly provided a display case which was exhibited at the Guildhall as part of our 350th anniversary celebrations.