MORE THAN SIMPLY SEWING - by Maya Berg
When you enter the sewing room your hit with the energy of many amazing women.
Most of the day the room is bustling and it's hard getting the ladies to clean up and leave at the end of the day.
For everyone it's more than a place to learn new sewing skills. It's a safe place to share and connect with others. To enjoy the company of friends and belonging to a community.
The women are continuously supporting one another and having a good old chat. One women shared that "the sewing space is where I come when I want to cry".
I have overheard many conversations about how the kids are doing, where to get welfare support or what you ask for at the immigration centre and what is happening at school or in the home. The women share much more than just their sewing or crochet skills.
DJ Prisca often takes control of the music and we have Cameroonian, Congolese, Iranian and Kurdish music playing. There is always music at cleaning time and I sometimes see the ladies dancing while they broom the floor.
The space is also a safe place to forget about the hardships. Many women have shared that the sewing space helps them deal with stress by giving them a productive way to spend their time. Otherwise many women would be alone all day at home.
It's also nice to see some women going upstairs to attend Greek or English classes in the Dignity Centre classroom.
There is much more than simply sewing in the Sewing space.
Visit the shop and see what amazing items the people at The RefuMade Co-Operative make.
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