Twice a week, in a community hall in inner-city Melbourne, women from over 45 cultures come together to sew, share, laugh and create at the Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group.
We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment where we sew and create everything from personal items, sewing projects for community benefit as well as collaborating on public art and craft installations.
Over our 25-year history we have partnered with many community organisations including: The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre; Fund For WildLife Victoria producing pouches and nests for injured wildlife; and during the recent COVID-19 pandemic we’ve collaborated online sewing scrubs for the medical staff at Sunshine Hospital.
Over the years we’ve been able to fund our activities through government grants in addition to fundraising activities organised by our volunteers. However, in the current COVID-19 climate our sustainability is at risk because we cannot fundraise as we had planned. Hence, we are asking for support using the ACF platform.
We remain proud that we have nourished this community for 25 years and we commit to offering a creative, welcoming, safe space where women of diverse cultures can share in the joy of the hand-made and traditional craft skills.