It was a grim and rainy day when I spotted a flyer on the door of Floribunda Community Centre … ‘Taste Of Everything’ it said, ‘come and join in the fun’. On a whim, and with little confidence, I called the number given and arranged to go along to the next group meeting to find out more and to see if I could cope with ‘getting back out there’. My fears were unfounded. I was greeted with smiles, made to feel welcome, and by the time morning tea was served I was comfortable and at ease chatting away with my new found friends.
Meeting for one morning each week, I quickly discovered how much TOE had to offer, it’s a good place to make new friends and a great way to get back into the community. There is no pressure to get involved with every activity, but I find myself looking forward to the next project or outing. I’ve expanded on crafts I already had an interest in as well as having the opportunity of trying something totally new.
I reflect on the last three years and just how far I have come, how much confidence I have re-gained, and the wonderful friendships that have been formed within the group.
We have baked, stitched, quilted, painted, made candles and soaps. We have created greetings cards, jewellery, dream catchers and mosaics. There have been guest tutors and speakers, visits to local places of interest, trips and lunches; we got involved in ‘Clean Up’ day too, now that was a day of giggles!
For me, TOE has been a huge part of my life saving process. I have bonded with some incredible women, I’ve had a lot of fun along the way, and I’ve
re-gained my smile.
When women support each other, incredible things can happen.
This Blog has been written by TOE’s group member Veronica.
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