The MWSG is a free and welcoming space in Inner Melbourne for women and their children from over 45 different cultures. Twice a week it provides the avenue to belong, connect, share stories, learn new skills, inspire, laugh and have something to look forward to each week.
We provide a trained facilitator and free use of equipment for our women to create everything from household items to scrub caps, as well as opportunities to collaborate on public art installations and community projects.
Over our 25-year history we have partnered with a variety of community organisations ranging from sharing our creative skills with newly arrived women from The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre to producing bird’s nests and Joey pouches donated to Fund For WildLife Victoria to help bushfire affected wildlife. Our members enjoy making art and craft to be sold at markets as a fundraiser for our group, which not only creates a bond and enhances the social connection between the women but gives them a sense of purpose and achievement as well.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we have moved our group sessions online; the group ‘Zooms’ together to learn and in the isolation of their homes they also sew scrub caps that are donated to the medical staff at Sunshine Hospital.
Our group is important for our women from over 45 cultural backgrounds to connect even if it is during the pandemic online or by phone. Our members now stay united and supported in this difficult time by our love of sewing.
In November 2020 we plan to celebrate our 25th Silver Anniversary to commemorate our group’s vibrant multicultural history. The celebration will be based on the theme of “Australia we belong” and how Australia has become “home”. Although the face to face preparation has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working cooperatively to create an exhibition of flags made by our members, representing their country of origin or ethnicity. This will be accompanied by a party and the sharing of their story via a language facilitator and will include photography.
Your donation will help funding our operational costs ($15,000) and to continue our sewing group in the financial year 2020/2021. Your contribution creates the opportunity for over 80 women to participate not only in sewing and creative activities but also to connect and support each other.
Without help of this fund we may have to close our doors completely. We are however, committed to the way creativity builds harmony amongst so many different women. We have done this for 25 years and we are determined to see this year through. We are seeking supporters to help us to continue to do what we do in 2020 and to resume and rebuild our sewing community after the lockdown at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.
Any donation is valued as it allows us to welcome more of Melbourne’s most marginalised women into our safe and creative physical space or in times of social distancing at home.
For more information please contact:
Luci Tamis, President: firstname.lastname@example.org