Barwon knitting project on display this month

June 8, 2024 BY

L-R: Barwon Community Legal Services senior lawyer Emma Cvitak and community engagement officer Ally Upton by the entrance to their Belmont office promoting the knitting project. Photo: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

A COMMUNITY knitting project has yielded positive results with a launch event taking place in a week’s time to showcase the efforts of residents across the region.

Barwon Community Legal Service (BCLS) announced the beginning of the Barwon Urban Knitting Community Project in early-March, led by the Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network.

The initiative invited residents to engage with a series of workshops in recent months, knitting and crocheting colourful blankets, beanies and more, which will go on exhibition and then be donated to local non-profit organisations and charities.

To celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the crafts created over the past three months will be on display at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre for the month of June.

A launch event will be held on Friday, June 14 with a BCLS spokesperson saying it is already reaching capacity.

“There have been 17 community hubs and libraries in the Barwon region that have participated in this project to work towards ending elder abuse.”

“This event is the perfect opportunity for all involved in the Barwon Urban Knitting Community Project to come together, showcase their creations, and celebrate their hard work.”

BCLS exclusively told this publication in March, it would be undertaking this initiative in a bid make a compelling call to action on reducing elder abuse.

BCLS chief executive officer Bryanna Connell said the service’s project would help weave a tapestry of inclusivity and unity. “Using craft is a great way to bring people together, working towards a common goal whilst having important conversations about issues that impact our community.

“We will periodically be posting craft inspiration on our BCLS social media pages, and we encourage everyone to join the conversation and contribute to the collective community engagement.

“We hope this [project] will foster a world where the accomplishments of older individuals are not only recognised but celebrated by the community.”

To learn more about the Barwon Urban Knitting Community Project or the exhibition, phone BCLS on 1300 430 599 or head to events.grlc.vic.gov.au/events