Originally founded in 1996 to provide sewing classes for Somali refugee women, twenty years later the Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group (MWSG) welcomes women and children of any culture, faith, age or background.
Sessions are held each Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in a church hall in Brunswick, just behind busy Sydney Road.
This campaign aims to cover the operating costs of MWSG for 2017. With additional grants secured for special projects and events, this funding will be directed to the wages of our trained facilitator who assists the women in their creative endeavours. Our women demonstrate the power of making something from nothing whilst sharing skills, life experiences, enthusiasm for the craft and a cup of tea.
The women who sew with us come from all over suburban Melbourne, some travelling up to 30 kilometres to come each week. On a typical afternoon, we welcome 15-20 women from over 30 different countries of origin.
“By coming here we’re talking to each other, we’re learning a language and we’re learning a skill” Jocelyn (Lebanon)
“If I come here and everyone respects me, I feel this is mine and I can respect everybody too” Mala (Nepal).
In this way, your contribution directly enhances both the artistic and social diversity of Melbourne.
WHY YOU SHOULD HELP
Most of our fabric, sewing machines and materials are donated and Brunswick Baptist Church kindly provides the venue and overheads. Over the years, MWSG has also been supported by a variety of government and corporate grants, private donations and fund-raising.
Recent changes to funding are now challenging our capacity to offer this free service. Without this funding we may have to reduce our sessions or close our doors completely.
We are however, committed to the way creativity builds harmony amongst so many different women. We are seeking supporters to help us to continue to do what we do in 2017. For example, a generous donation of $600 will cover our costs for 4 weeks – allowing us to welcome more of Melbourne’s most marginalised women into our safe and creative space.