Enjoy am­i­ca­ble ar­range­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By CAITLIN TILLER

BE­FRIEND di­rec­tor Nick Maisey says he has seen peo­ple’s re­la­tion­ships, con­fi­dence and self­es­teem de­velop through the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the past five years.

Mr Maisey started the non­profit group in 2010 to en­cour­age so­cial in­clu­sion through events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Re­la­tion­ships do take time to form and de­velop and you start to see that as a re­sult of run­ning for longer and we’re able to see mem­bers who have been com­ing to events for a long time who have been at­tribut­ing changes to their lives to Be­friend,” he said.

Swing danc­ing, plant-based cook­ing, linoleum prints, yoga and card-making classes are among cur­rent tick­eted events.

Be­friend so­cial en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment man­ager Kath­leen Bur­ton said she got in­volved by at­tend­ing a Be­friend af­ter­noon tea ear­lier this year.

“I was ac­tively look­ing for ways to meet new peo­ple out­side of the friends I al­ready had,” Ms Bur­ton said.

Ms Bur­ton said the card work­shop, at St Cather­ine’s Col­lege in Craw­ley on De­cem­ber 5, would in­volve the par­tic­i­pants bring­ing and shar­ing a plate of fes­tive food while they made cards and wrap­ping pa­per.

“The whole aim is to learn a new skill in a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment where you don’t need to get a cer­tifi­cate at the end of it,” she said.

Artist Janet Pan said she would teach peo­ple to draw char­ac­ters from her brand Lit­tle Sketchy and make cards and wrap­ping pa­per for the fes­tive sea­son. Visit http://be­friend.org. au/sweet-skills/ for de­tails.

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