" Keeping Craft Alive"
Taree Craft Centre which was formed in 1975 has always played an important and active role within the Manning Valley community.
Over the years our members have knitted and crocheted hundreds of knee rugs and bed socks for local nursing home residents, and have also made Trauma Teddies for the Ambulance Service and participated in the “Wraps with Love” project.
We have sent Christmas cards, scarves and beanies to Australian troops on active service overseas, as well as holding numerous raffles and fund raisers to support local charities.
We make "fiddle muffs" for dementia patients in nursing homes and hospitals, scarves and beanies too. We knit jumpers and hats for kids in need, beanies for Seamen, little knits for premie babies and lots more.
If you would like to be a part of any of our community support programs below, just contact the Centre on 02 6551 5777 and leave your name and phone number then we can contact you.
Many of the Taree Craft Centre members as well as other members of the public assist in the support of the community by participating in yearly projects. One such annual project is Operation Christmas Child where members make or donate items such as coloured pencils and pencil cases, school carry bags and boxes, knitted finger puppets, combs, face washers, hair clips, hats and many other small items for kids in disadvantaged countries.
In 2017, we made a large number of "fish and chip baby" jumpers for babies in Africa - they are called "fish and chip babies" because these children's mothers are often too poor to have many clothes for their babies so they are wrapped in newspaper - like fish and chips. As well we knitted jumpers and hats for Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.
SUPPORT FOR CANCER SUFFERERS
many years our members have sewn turbans and donated them to the
Oncology Unit at Manning Hospital. The turbans are fashioned from soft
fabrics and are given to women suffering the ravages of cancer
treatments. We also make X-ray bags for cancer patients too.
Taree Craft Centre also supports cancer research by always participating in the annual “Biggest Morning Tea”
ASSISTING WORLD VISION
Since about 2002 Taree Craft Centre has sponsored a child in Africa through World Vision. Our first child and his family have now become self-sufficient and we have been allocated another child in Africa to sponsor. To help us finance this venture, one of our members, Daphne Mackay, who loved gardening, started donating potted plants to sell at our Craft Cottage and they are now a popular item with other keen gardeners. Daphne (picture below) has passed away now but other members have kept this project going by bringing in plants to sell and this wonderful effort will ensure that we can continue to support the work of World Vision.
“RAY OF SUNSHINE” QUILT PROJECT
Following a request from the Palliative Care nurses, Taree Craft Centre has taken up the challenge to co-ordinate the supply of handmade quilts for the Palliative Care Ward at Taree Hospital. The quilts are used to brighten up the rooms of terminally ill patients, almost like bringing a ray of sunshine into the room, and nursing staff have witnessed the wonderful difference this can make for both the patient and visiting relatives. The quilt is then donated to the family to keep as a lasting and treasured keepsake.
The response to this project has already been amazing and numerous quilts have been passed on to the hospital. Each quilt has been labelled with the name of the project and the name of the person donating the quilt. Other quilts are being produced by local patchwork groups, and wonderful volunteers are sewing at home.
Taree Craft Centre needs your help with this project. We have some donated fabric at the Craft Cottage, as well as a full roll of wadding donated by “Love Patchwork” of Harrington. The quilts are not large – they can range from 43 sq. inches, and simple, colourful patterns are ideal.
If you are able to sew a quilt for us, please get in touch. If you have new, cotton fabric you no longer need, we would love you to donate it to this project. Any assistance you are able to give will be greatly appreciated as the aim is to give the Palliative Care Ward a stash of quilts from which to choose, and when they recognise that a patient is in need, they are able select just the right quilt to present to that patient.
Please contact Pam
Eyb on 02 6552 5552 if you would like to help.
SUPPORTING NURSING HOMES
The Community Crafters groups also support local nursing homes and hostels. We have an ongoing project of making "fiddle muffs" for the use of elderly dementia patients. These are knitted and decorated
muffs that patients can put their hands into to keep them warm and also to have
something to “fiddle” with as well and they are of great assistance to
dementia people, those with brain injuries and just for something to do for the
Some of our members are now assisting patients at St Paul's Hostel in card making once a month. This is a another exciting project Taree Craft Centre is involved in and is a lot of fun - both for the people at St Paul's and for the members who are making cards with them.
Over the past few years we have supported the PCYC and the NSW Drought Appeal with sales of succulent plants and we have now decided to choose a different charity each year. The next will be the "Days for Girls" project. We are also very fortunate to have the services of the Taree Garden Club who is now looking after our plants and garden.