Port Stephens Council launched it’s Have a Yarn community connections program today aimed at reducing social isolation experienced as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Residents are invited to knit and crochet designs that will be installed across the Port Stephens region helping to regain a sense of community, creativity and connection for all involved.
Port Stephens Council Community Development and Engagement Coordinator Amber Herrmann says the simple act of crafting will help promote conversation and connection for those who need it within our community.
“While the health of ourselves and our community has been the priority during the global pandemic, it also impacted our way of life, connections and social networks creating a sense of isolation and loneliness for many.
“This fun, inclusive and creative project will give those involved a feeling of contributing to the broader community, a sense of pride and connection to their local area while maintaining a physical distance,” they said.
Mayor Ryan Palmer says it is a great excuse to dust off the knitting needles.
“This initiative is such a fun and simple way to spark connections and reduce isolation during this time.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants to get involved to get out the knitting needles, dig through your old wool supplies and call up a friend to have a yarn,” he said.
Crafters of all levels can take part and submit their finished creations to Council’s libraries, administration building or Visitor Information Centre no later than Monday 17 August 2020.
The designs will be installed across public spaces in Port Stephens throughout September 2020 — thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.