Yarn groups offer chance to connect
A series of regular community gatherings designed to give people a safe and supportive space to connect with local services has started up in Tom Price and Wakathuni.
Tom Price’s Nintirri Centre has partnered with Mission Australia, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and IBN to run yarn groups.
The informal weekly meet-ups are a chance for residents to meet new people, share ideas and speak to service groups in town.
The sessions are running on a pilot program this term and, if successful, may be expanded to include the Bellary Springs and Youngaleena Bunjima communities.
Nintirri Centre chief executive James Jarvis said yarn groups would promote listening, trust and strong relationships between community members and service providers.
“People see engagement as an outcome, but it’s not, it’s a starting point,” he said.
“It’s a starting point to actively involve community members in designing the services they want, not the ones we think they need.”
Nintirri Centre family violence service co-ordinator and counsellor Dawn Thompson said the groups were based on a model she used while managing a women’s safe house in the Kimberley.
“The aim of the yarn group was to provide a safe place for women to connect with other women and receive support, advocacy and link with agencies visiting on outreach programs,” she said.
“It is a preventative model aimed at providing the pathways and support for individuals and communities to seek assistance and be proactive about their safety, health and wellbeing.”
Tom Price yarn groups run during the school term.
Sessions are each Thursday from 10am-noon in the Nintirri lounge and at Wakathuni on Tuesdays from 9am-11am.
For more information, go to nintirri.org.au.