Resilience workshops at Urunga Sail Training Club – News Of The Area


Hannah Smith will lead a traditional Aboriginal basket weaving workshop.

Is resilience an overused word?

It certainly describes the sheer scale of what communities on the north central coast have had to find from the ravages of bushfires, Covid and now floods.

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Much of this work is still unfinished and still raw as people struggle to put their lives in order.

In April and May, the Urunga Sail Training Club (USTC) runs workshops promoting social connection, mental well-being and resilience, thanks to a grant received from Healthy North Coast, for communities affected by the wildfires. 2019/2020 bush in Bellingen, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour. local areas.

These workshops are designed to be all-weather events in Urunga, are free and all materials will be provided.

“During the holidays for children (6 to 16 years old), they organize a raft-making workshop on April 12, 14 and 19, where they can design and make a raft from natural materials and test its navigation ability” , said USTC Secretary Kerry Ridgley.

“For indigenous women, we held a ‘Traditional Indigenous Basket Weaving’ workshop on May 9 led by Hannah Smith, a local elder from Gumbaynggirr Ngamba, which uses materials of natural origin.

“And there will be 2 more workshops for women to make ‘Rope Coiled Memory Baskets’ from recycled fabrics on May 12 and 19.

“During the day, they will make a small basket and participants can bring a souvenir or an object, a photo or a piece of their own fabric that has been left over from the fires, or that has a special meaning and the weave in their baskets.”

For men, the USTC organizes nautical rug-making workshops on April 29, May 13 and 27.

These workshops aim to bring together those affected by the aftermath of the fires to come together, share, reflect and produce something to be proud of for everyday use or simply for decoration and they can also bring a souvenir or an object. , a photo, a piece of braided fabric in this rug.

Lunch will be provided, so participants should register through the Urunga Sail Training Club events page on their website at

For inquiries, call USTC Secretary Kerry Ridgley on 0490 349 378.


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