Knitting project proves a success

June 20, 2024 BY

L-R: Barwon Community Legal Services senior lawyer Emma Cvitak, special guest speaker, geriatrician and ageism researcher Dr Lisa Mitchell, and community engagement officer Ally Upton. Photos: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

A REGION-WIDE knitting initiative has culminated in a huge lunch event turnout, celebrating the work of more than 20 local organisations and raising awareness about age-based abuse.

The Barwon Community Knitting Project, led by Barwon Community Legal, concluded after two and a half months of hard work with a community lunch event at the Geelong Heritage Centre on Friday last week, coinciding with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Barwon Community Legal chief executive officer Bryanna Connell said the turnout of almost 100 guests filled her and the legal service with pride and gratitude.

Close to 100 people were in attendance at the Geelong Heritage Centre for the lunch coinciding World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.


“For so many to come out on a particularly cold, wintry day exceeded our expectations.

“This project represents more than just a collective effort and the attendees today were a true representation of the different community groups who made this project such a success.

“The enthusiasm and participation from everyone involved has been truly heartwarming. It’s a powerful reminder that when we come together for a common cause, we can create meaningful change.”

The event provided a chance to showcase the project’s knitted products, created by community organisations from Geelong Regional Libraries, Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network partners and neighbourhood houses across the Greater Geelong area.

Ms Connell said all of the knitted products will be on display at the Geelong Heritage Centre for the rest of June.


More than 20 community organisations knitted creations for the project.


They will then be donated to Our Village (formerly Geelong Mums) to keep families and carers warm during the colder months.

“Our Village embodies the essence of community and is a perfect recipient of the beautiful treasures made with care over the past few months.

“I hope that the message of how these pieces came to be will be carried forward from us to Our Village and the families who receive them.”

Ms Connell and Barwon Community Legal encourage residents to take a look at the knitted creations before they are donated.

For free, independent, and confidential legal advice about individual options and rights, empowering individuals with the knowledge to make informed decisions, phone 1300 430 599 or head to barwoncommunitylegal.org.au

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