Port Macquarie Women’s Shed Update
March 7th, 2017
By ACC Community Engagement

The Port Macquarie Women’s Shed (PMWS) has continued to grow – reaching over 100 members now, who continue to learn from each other and build genuine friendships through this great community initiative.

The Committee has decided that all proceeds from the workshops they hold will be donated to support the children of Theresa Bradford. Theresa was a dear friend to many of the members of the Shed who sadly passed away recently due to a Domestic and Family Violence incident. The Committee expresses that it is horrifying that so many people that they know have been affected by domestic violence in some way and are seeking to support Theresa’s children in any way they can.

Recent workshops held include knitting and croucheting pouches for orphaned rescue animals during their monthly “Knit and Natter – Crouchet and Chatter”, cyber-skilling workshops (younger members teaching older members how to use social media), and an introduction to the art and science of leadlighting. Glass cutting, glass polishing, copper foiling, fluxing and smouldering lead were tried by all. No cuts or hospital visits required. 😊 Each woman walked away with a piece of the end creation, which had passed through all their hands to be a jointly created memento.

Many women have expressed how thankful they are for all the support and friendship they have gained by their involvement with PMWS. This is not just a bunch of women learning a few skills, this a strong community coming together, forging friendships and encouraging and supporting each other, not just at the shed, but in everyday life.

The ladies have established a permanent monthly gathering spot but are still exploring a regular venue in Port Macquarie which they can “own” as theirs. It needs to be low rent, have a kitchen, and be tolerant of noise – turns out the ‘natter/chatter’ part of their name is VERY accurate!