South Alive puts the ‘unity’ in community

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FINDING out what South City residents wanted to achieve in their neighbourhood was top of the agenda during South Alive’s public meeting, Putting Unity Into The Community, recently.

Among the numerous suggestions was setting up a craft and social group for adults.

The Craft and Social Group met on Wednesdays, 10am-noon, at the South Alive Hub at the rear of the South City Mall, organiser Elaine Matheson said.

“But that time is just a general guideline, we are flexible. If a Wednesday doesn’t suit, anyone can ring the South Alive office to see if we could accommodate another day.”

The group was for people who enjoyed crafts and meeting people… for adults who were keen to learn a new skill or who had a skill to share, she said.

“Come along with your crafts if you have one, or just yourself, to meet for a coffee.

“With people doing different crafts, others may find one they would like to try.”

Any type of craft would be considered, she said.

As another option, as well as the relaxed weekly meeting, Mrs Matheson was also considering setting up different block courses of four to eight weeks with tutors for people to try new crafts.

As well as the traditional crafts such as knitting, card making, bead work, stamping and embroidery, other crafts such as pencil and charcoal drawing, Christmas decoration making, book-binding and basket weaving were also suggested.

South Alive community development co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said 70 people attended the community meeting, and “lots of great ideas” were raised, including various workshops, groups to share skills and regular social groups.

“Many people have skills that they want to share with others. They may be able to meet with other people [in the South Alive Hub] and share their skills or just enjoy regular social groups, whether it is just to chat, play board games or for crafting.

“We want to encourage people to use The Hub… it’s warm and there are tea and coffee-making facilities.”

Ms Aron said she was in the process of following up on the various ideas from the meeting and was keen to get them under way.

Also during the meeting, two people signed up to the Zero Rubbish and three for the Neighbourhood Support groups, she said.

However, more volunteers were needed for the South Alive arts team and the fruit and nut team.

South Alive manager Cress Evans said there had been “some great ideas” at the meeting, and new people had also attended.

For those who couldn’t attend the meeting, but had ideas for the South Alive team, they could phone the office on 218 6882 and talk to Nikki Aaron.

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