Let’s get together and celebrate community

The Nambour Together festival is back and everyone is invited to come along and celebrate everything local.

Nambour Together will be held on Sunday 30 July from 11-3pm at Quota Memorial Park, Nambour. The open-air event is all about family, fun and celebrating everything local that we love in Nambour.

Expressions of interest are currently open for stall holders, food vendors, art pop-ups, sports groups and local businesses and services who would like to take part in the family-friendly event.

Anyone who would like to take part can email their interest to nambourtogether@gmail.com before 1 July.

Stay tuned to find out more about Nambour Together as more events, artists and entertainment details are announced. Save the date for Sunday 30 July, 11-3pm at Quota Memorial Park, Nambour.

Mindful Parenting with Venerable Drolkar

Learn more about mindful parenting at a one-off workshop.

Thriving Families will host a one-off workshop with information and activities about mindfulness. Come along to explore the role of mindfulness in parenting and how to help children practice mindfulness at a special event to be held at the Nambour Community Centre on Saturday 15 July from 9-1pm with special guest Venerable Drolkar. Ordained in 2011, Venerable Drolkar has a degree in Applied Ethics, is a graduate of Discovering Buddhism, a current student of FPMT’s advanced study program and a Buddhist Chaplain.

Venerable Drolkar is a grandmother of two and loves to laugh. Students value the warmth, humour and ease that Venerable Drolkar brings to her presentations. This is a free event. To RSVP, please phone Carey Shaw at Thriving Families on 5476 4933.

Dads, top up your toolkits at a free info night

Any dads wanting to expand their skills and learn more about their kids will love the Essential Toolkit for Dads information night.

Hosted by Thriving Families, the free parent information session for dads will be held on 25 July with special guest Matt Dilges. This is a great chance for dads to update their toolkit with effective parenting strategies and easy ways to understand their kids.

The child-friendly event will focus on the primary years for children aged between 5-12-years and will be held at the Nambour Community Centre on Tuesday 25 July from 4-6pm. All dads are welcome to attend and can  RSVP through phone, text or Facebook message. Text or call 0411 576 564, phone 5476 4933 or follow us on Facebook, just search Thriving families.

Event Details

What: Essential Toolkit for Dads

When: Tuesday 25 July, 4-6pm

Where: Nambour Community Centre, 2 Shearer Street, Nambour

RSVP: Text or call 0411 576 564, phone 5476 4933 or follow us on Facebook, just search Thriving families.

 

 

Artistically sharing experiences of DV

Because you are so much more. Love. Freedom. Say no.

 

These are just some of the messages of love and support shared through the Behind the Heart art project.

A joint initiative of the Nambour Migrant Settlement program and Thriving Families, the art project ran over three weeks and brought together women of all backgrounds to artistically explore issues of domestic and family violence.

The three workshops culminated in an art exhibition that was officially opened on Thursday (11 May) at the Old Ambulance Building, Nambour.

Throughout the weeks, more than 50 participants painted, sewed and tore shirts and items of clothing to signify and represent their experience and understanding of domestic violence.

Event organisers said the exhibition was named Behind the Heart because abusive relationships often start within a loving and positive relationship.

“Many women go through their experiences behind the closed doors of their home and the domestic violence generally goes unnoticed unless shared with others,” they said.

“This project and exhibition created a platform for those involved to look at the deep experiences and the impact domestic violence can have on them, their relationships, families and children.”

The opening of the art exhibition coincides with Domestic Violence Prevention month and saw more than 45 art pieces displayed along with many cards covered with messages in of support, love and acceptance in different languages for those who might be suffering domestic violence.

The exhibition will now run until the end of May at the Old Ambulance Building, 80 Howard Street, Nambour. There are pens and paper at the exhibition for those who would like to contribute their own comment or message of support and join the call for an end to domestic violence.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, you can phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811.

 

More than 50 women created this unique art exhibition where items of clothing were painted, sewn and torn to represent their experiences and understanding of domestic violence.

“Because you are so much more.”

 

Caroline created this denim jacket and wrote a message of empowerment for other domestic violence victims. “As small as they made us feel, we can and will rise from this as bigger and better women who know our true worth,” she wrote.

The message was clear and simple: No to domestic violence. “I’ve been through domestic violence for a long time. It’s time to say no. If you don’t feel comfortable with someone when they talk to you just say no and put your head up,” the creator shared.

A domestic violence survivor made this denim jacket that represents the different feelings of trauma and freedom. “The left (side) resembles (the) strain and agony a woman is put through emotionally, physically, mentally and socially,” the creator wrote. “The flowers and bright colours manifest a woman to flourish within herself and show she is a survivor”.

A warm gesture for DV victims

More than 200 handmade quilts and blankets have been handed over to domestic violence victims as part of the 14th annual SCOPE Quilt Project.

The special handover ceremony was held at Nambour Community Centre on Wednesday 10 May where the handmade quilts and blankets were given to a range of local support workers who will then hand the blankets on to women and children feeling domestic violence.

The project started in 2004 when 20 blankets were donated to the program. Now, 13-years later, more than 200 quilts and blankets have been made for the project with each one created by a local quilter.

The event coincides with Domestic Violence Prevention month and celebrates the wonderful work of many women who selflessly create a piece of wearable piece of art for someone they will never meet.

Quilters have lovingly handmade over 200 quilts for someone they will never meet.

The more than 200 quilts will be a bright and warming gift for someone fleeing domestic violence.

There was a higher demand for children’s blankets this year so quilters create fun and colourful animals on the quilts.