Time For Rural Women to Come Together

Rural women have a tendency to put others before themselves, something that has not gone unnoticed by staff at Upper Hunter Community Services.

Staff were able to secure drought relief funding and are looking forward to running more of their programs, with the last of them set down for March.

“We’ve managed to do a few things, gingerbread house decorating and we had a Christmas family photo party at Moonan Flat and that sort of thing, and then we had to cancel a lot of things as well,” Bec Everleigh said of the disrupted program of events.

“We were able to come up with ideas that we thought were going to work for our community and we thought would be beneficial.”

The focus of the final workshops funded, being Replenishing Creativity Workshop and Conversations in the Paddock, is to bring women together and take their minds off what is going on at home.

“We just wanted to have an opportunity for women from those areas to come together, to talk to one another about the struggles,” Bec said.

“It’s not just over the past few years, the past five years we’ve had drought, we’ve had bushfires, we’ve had flooding, the mice plague, covid, it’s just been a really rough few years.”

Women are encouraged to sign up and bring along some friends to get involved with the hands-on creative workshop, or even opt for the more relaxed conversation circle option.

The funding is through the NIB foundation and the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to fund workshops for drought affected communities.

The free Replenishing Creativity Workshops will run from 10am to 12noon at Cassilis on March 2, Wybong on March 3, and Bunnan on March 16 with lunch provided.

To book contact Bec Eveleigh on 6542 3555 or email reveleigh@uhcs.org.au.

Conversations in the Paddock by Horsanity will be held in Blandford with three dates available, being February 19, February 23 and March 9.

Bookings for Horsanity should be made by contacting Pam Seccombe on 0418 466 365 or email pam.seccombe@horsanity.com.au.