Vibrant masks a way to connect Wolverhampton communities

By James Vukmirovic | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A special online sewing programme has helped to reduce isolation and stress for members of a Black Country group.

Alvine Noumey has been creating vibrant masks and connecting the Migrant Empowerment Group community through an online sewing group

The Migrant Empowerment Group (MEG) works to bring people in the communities around Wolverhampton together.

The charity had been running a series of drop-in sessions, including sewing classes, to help with integration and fellowship, but had been forced to close all activities due to lockdown restrictions.

MEG chair Alvine Noumey started to run an online sewing session to help keep the community together.

She said: “A lot of my clients started contacting me and telling me they needed the activities we provide to keep going.

"It has really helped to keep the community connected, as well as reduce lonelines and also learn a new skill.”

The 40 year old from Wolverhampton has been creating masks, which are bright, colourful and re-usable, with more than 5,000 already produced.

To find out more about Migrant Empowerment Group, go to

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at

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