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Mullumbimby Women’s Shed opens its doors

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Christina Covington and Julie Beesley two members of the convening committee who are helping create the Women’s shed at Mullumbimby Commons wildspace. Photo Aslan ’Shed Building’ Shand

Have you ever been a little envious of the men’s shed? Well envy no more – this Thursday March 8,  International Women’s Day, you can celebrate the opening of the Mullumbimby Women’s Shed between 12 and 6pm.

In Mid-2017 a Facebook post about a women’s shed in the area attracted about 300 interested women who were interested in setting up a space for women to work and connect in.

‘Initially I offered the some space from the warehouse I run my business the Hari Has Chai to facilitate setting up the project,’ said one of the founders Christina Covington.

‘Now we have a great space at the Mullumbimby Commons, wildspace site that provides space for women to meet and create in and it is big enough for the possibility of larger machinery for bigger projects in the future.’

The Women’s Shed will be open from 10am till 2pm every Thursday providing a space for women to do art, come together and share skills and experiences.

‘I moved here fairly recently and I found that a lot of women here feel disconnected, isolated and lonely,’ said committee member Julie Beesley.

‘There are a lot of women who would just like to connect with other people in a safe space.

‘Some people may have lost a partner or close confidant, they may be single mothers or older women or they might just be new to the area like I am and they would like to connect.

‘The Women’s Shed will be a place for women to come together, a place where each woman has her own unique skills and talents that they can share.’

The Women’s Shed hopes that women will come and use the space to explore a range of arts and crafts including woodwork, painting, weaving, jewellery making and more.

‘Women can bring their kids and together as a community we can grow as a community,’ said Christina.

‘In the future we are also excited to be looking at having cross collaborative opportunities with local Men’s Shed.’

The Women’s Shed is looking for donations of material for women to use as well as support for their costs.

If you are interested in finding out more connect with the Women’s Shed via Facebook or drop into their open day this Thursday, March 8 at 91 Main Arm Road, Mullumbimby.

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    • You little ripper Julie Beesley. This platform will help so many women. Different generations coming together to show skills, chat is just wonderful. The difference it will make is immeasurable. Brilliant job to you and the co-founder.
      Cheers Robyn Rowland


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