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Heartfelt Testimonial from Jo at MiTchelton SHS

I am delighted to share my heartfelt testimonial about the Exchange Project run by the Nest Community.

The Exchange Program has offered a unique and empowering space where women join together through craft, fostering a sense of belonging, creativity, and personal growth with our students.

Most of these students who attended this program have a disability or are part of our Montessori Program.

These students were selected to participate in the program as their teachers not only thought they would benefit from developing confidence in communication and social skills but also pursuing an interest in their craft.

The Nest is a remarkable organisation that has positively impacted the lives of countless women, including several groups of girls from Mitchelton State High School over the last two years.

From the moment I stepped foot into The Nest, I was immediately captivated by the warm and welcoming atmosphere that enveloped the space. It felt like a sanctuary where women of all ages could gather, connect, and support one another.

The dedicated team of volunteers at The Nest Community is passionate about empowering women, and their commitment is evident in every interaction.

One of the most significant aspects of The Exchange Project is its focus on craft as a means of self-expression and personal development.

This program focuses on learning various craft techniques by equipping young women with valuable skills, igniting their creativity, and instilling a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

Mitchelton State High School students who attend The Nest Community program have flourished under the guidance of experienced mentors, honing their creative abilities and discovering new passions.

The Nest Community not only teaches craft skills; it fosters a sense of community and a passion for sustainability among its members.

One of the students: Maddie has excitedly turned her favourite pyjamas which no longer fitted – into a cushion and a bag.

Another student Lilly was very proud of turning her mum’s unwanted dress into a new creation for herself by adding a layer to make it her own.

Zara, another student, regularly took unfinished tasks home and finished them before the following week’s visit.

Abbey, who joined the group in Term 2, brought a pair of pants to mend.

When the students reflected on their time participating in the program:

MADDIE: “I loved making pom poms and learning about Japanese stitching. Going to The Nest was my favourite part of the week.”

LILY: “I like the conversations with the volunteers and learning how to upcycle clothing to make new creations.”

ZARA: “I liked learning how to do the Japanese Sashiko stitching and how to mend clothes. I even learned how to create new clothes using a pattern.”

ABBEY: “I enjoyed making crafts and learning Japanese embroidery. It was nice to listen to the ladies’ stories.”

The genuine connections formed between the students at Mitchelton State High School and the mentors at The Nest are heart-warming.

The environment is one of encouragement, where everyone is uplifted and inspired by the achievements and aspirations of others.

The impact of The Nest extends far beyond the physical space it occupies. It has become a catalyst for change, empowering our young women to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. It encourages young women to embrace their strengths, explore their potential, and discover their voices.

As a witness to the transformative power of The Nest, I wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional organisation to other schools. The Nest provides a haven where young women can embrace their creativity, self-discovery and form meaningful connections.

For the students from Mitchelton State High School and countless others, the Exchange Program has been a beacon of hope and inspiration, instilling them with the confidence and resilience needed to navigate their future paths.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Smith

Teacher – Mitchelton SHS

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