24 May 2016

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Knitters spreading the warmth AN impressive donation of knitted goods from Knit One Give One has thrilled members of Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre. The assorted knitted goods for adults, children and babies includes beanies, scarves, blankets, toys, and even socks. The centre gives the items to those attending programs who are in need of some winter woollies. “The quality of these knitted items is amazing,” program coordinator Robyn Coughlin said. “The skill required to make them is remarkable, and people receiving them feel very cared for.” A group of local knitters – the Dromana Knitting Angels – help out, too. “The kindness of these very talented knitters is inspiring,” Ms Coughlin said. “Recipients have commented on how wonderful it is that someone they have not met would want them, or their children, to have something so beautifully created. This is especially important to those who have no family connection.” The centre at 878 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud, offers a wide range of community services. “We are here to help local residents who need it. “If someone is not sure where to go and what is available, or are experiencing financial or personal difficulties they can come to us,” Ms Coughlin said. Started in 2004, Knit One Give One is a not-for-profit organisation that asks volunteers to donate time and wool to knit warm winter woollies

Stitch in time: Volunteers Bev Storey and Cynthia Emery with knits for those in need at Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre. Picture: Yanni

that it distributes to 250 community groups. “I sometime find myself overwhelmed that people have put so much love and work into something that is to give away to someone they

don’t know, but they just want to help,” said Ros Rogers, the founder and coordinator. “We’re always looking for more knitters who can help us by creating knitted scarves, beanies, children’s

toys or blankets.” Details: Call 5986 1285 or email admin@spcsic.org For details on Knit One Give One, call 0409 438 603 or email info@kogo.org.au Stephen Taylor

Puppets tell a personal tale A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition of puppetry that interprets how disabled artists see their bodies will be on at Mornington Library until 23 June. Organised by Arts Access Victoria, the Avenue of Puppets: Volatile Bodies exhibition features puppets created by artists from Art About, an inclusive art studio. An Arts Access Victoria spokesperson said the work ‘’interrogated how artists with a disability see their bodies interacting with the physical and metaphysical environment’’ after artists got together and shared their stories. The artists formed individual marionette puppets with mixed mediums including papiermache, paint and fabric. Art About member Elyssa Gunn said each marionette was an expression of the artist’s own identity and a reflection of each participant’s story. “Infused with tales of travel, magic making and dreams of being just like Bond, Supergirl and ABBA, these puppet-objects took on new barrierfree lives of their own,” she said. Art About is a visual arts program for people with intellectual and physical disabilities designed to support and promote accessible arts practice, participation and cultural engagement for people with disability living on the Mornington Peninsula. The public is invited to an exhibition celebration on 4 June at 4.15pm. RSVP Melissa Banks on 9699 8299 or mbanks@artsaccess. com.au

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