The main ingredient at the multicultural respite centre group is a good giggle and you can craft something beautiful while you’re there.
The main ingredient at the multicultural respite centre group is a good giggle and you can craft something beautiful while you’re there. Contributed

Indigenous women learning with giggles

FRASER Coast Multicultural Respite Service is designed to provide respite care, centre-based respite and social support to frail aged or younger people with disabilities and their carers, from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Besides respite care available for carers who are in need of "time out" for various reasons, the centre-based respite service allows clients to enjoy socialisation and recreational activities.

The Multicultural Respite Craft Group at the Neighbourhood Centre in Charles St, Pialba, is a place where indigenous women can meet up and try their hand at just about everything crafty.

Roz Molyneaux got involved with craft at the Urangan Community Centre and with her friend Olive came to the Pialba centre to teach the ladies how to make bags and bathmats out of donated stretch material.

"When the project was finished I stayed on and since then the ladies have taught me how to make 3D cards and knitted beanies," Roz said.

"We all help each other and as everyone has a different talent we pass it on.

"This group is great and I don't feel intimidated because I'm not expert at anything I do."

Lily started her crafting journey at Senorita Parade, then she continued crafting at Korawinga and Kalang.

"I've been attending for a few years and have done all sorts of things like crochet scarves and blankets," Lily said.

"We do paintings and put them on display out in the hallway here. I also make and paint boomerangs," she said.

Lily taught herself to crochet and learned weaving at Korawinga and said she loved the respite craft group because of its friendly environment and she looks forward to it every week.

Nona had never knitted anything before she joined the group, but with Shirley's patience and help she is doing very well and said she loved attending every week for many reasons.

"When my husband passed away I couldn't stay home being alone because I felt very sad," Nona said. "The ladies in the group helped me through it all and I'm very thankful for their help."

The object of learning new skills is always to have a giggle and that's what the ladies all do well.

If you are crafty or you just want someone to talk to, they meet every Monday from 9.30am at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre in Charles St, Pialba.

Phone Cathy Bohanna-Martin for more information on 4194 3071.