Yarram Neighbourhood House faces up to mask challenge

Peter Hill

Handmade masks in high demand

CRAFT and conversation at Yarram Neighbourhood House has taken on a community-minded aspect in meeting the pandemic challenge.

The Craft and Conversation group meets on Wednesday mornings, and having just resumed physically meeting after months of Zoom sessions, the group has embarked on a mission to create reusable face masks for people who are unable to make their own.

Yarram Neighbourhood House coordinator Cathy Cook said the group would now also meet on Thursday mornings to work together creating up to 50 or 60 masks to be available to buy at a subsidised price of about $7.

Using bought and donated fabric, the group is using a production-line approach, with one person marking out the pattern, another cutting and others sewing particular sections of the masks, to reduce the time taken to create the more complicated face-fitting masks.

The neighbourhood house also hosts a patchwork group on Friday mornings.

During June, three Yarram Neighbourhood House members travelled to Buchan to donate 58 patchwork quilts to the Buchan Neighbourhood House for distribution to people who lost properties during the summer bushfires.

One quilt was in the local football team’s colours, with the intention of the club offering it as a raffle prize or to donate to a club stalwart.

About 25 people were involved in creating the quilts, which took about 2500 hours to make, with much of the materials donated by generous locals and Yarram Drapery.