Art, gardens, sewing get hand

Sue Lees, of Trudewind Neighbourhood House, Ali Pockley and Megan Vincent, of the Yackandandah Community Centre, Ed Foulston, of Birallee Park Neighbourhood Centre, Gillian Keppell and Noel Hunt, of Yarrawonga and Border CWA, and Elise Wenden, of Holbrook Landcare Network Women in Agriculture, all picked up Border Trust grants. Picture: TARA GOONAN
Sue Lees, of Trudewind Neighbourhood House, Ali Pockley and Megan Vincent, of the Yackandandah Community Centre, Ed Foulston, of Birallee Park Neighbourhood Centre, Gillian Keppell and Noel Hunt, of Yarrawonga and Border CWA, and Elise Wenden, of Holbrook Landcare Network Women in Agriculture, all picked up Border Trust grants. Picture: TARA GOONAN

A SEWING group for culturally and linguistically diverse refugees was among six programs to receive a grant through Border Trust last night.

Birallee Park Neighbourhood Centre will use the money to replace broken sewing machines and overlockers.

Chairman of the centre Ed Foulston welcomed the $5000.

“The centre started with 12 sewing machines and now over the years is down to just six,” he said.

The project aims to facilitate language skills and social interactions among participants.

The grants are made possible by donations from people across the region, with the benefits of those donations also spread across the region.

“It’s hard not to be moved when you hear first-hand stories of how a Border Trust grant has enabled a project to come to life,” Border Trust executive officer Glenys Atkins said.

Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House also picked up $2000 to continue the work of its art for seniors program.

“It will help us grow our art class and also helps to keep costs down,” co-ordinator Sue Lees said.

The Porepunkah Play- ground Group will use its $2000 to fund the upgrade of shared play space in Porepunkah utilised by the community as a social hub.

The Yackandandah Community Education Network received $600 for its community garden workshop.

Holbrook Landcare Network and Yarrawonga and Border CWA received $5000 and $2500 respectively.