Partnerships are what we are about!

Our Space2work program is about connecting local residents with new migrants settling into Australia. Through the program participants are able to share their knowledge and creativity in a space where everyone can feel welcome and supported. Shivani and Darartu work together on Fridays. Come along and say hi!

Space2work is kindly supported by The City of Port Phillip

Meet Catrina Sofo, our new Space2work coordinator

Space2work is our work experience and job placement program which has been supported by The City of Port Phillip to establish this program and trial it.

Meet Catrina Sofo, our new program co-ordinator and Darartu, one of the participants.

There are currently 10 participants on the program, 5 Port Phillip residents and 5 new migrants who are working and training together in our core business areas, including retail, marketing, accounting and event management.  The program also provides local volunteers and new migrants the opportunity to engage and connect whilst gaining work experience, skills and references.

Space2work is under way!

Thanks to a grant from the City of Port Phillip, Space2b has been able to provide workplace training to local residents, as well as new migrants and refugees through the Space2work program. The ladies have been working together to share skills and knowledge, and help run the Space2b retail space! The talent and creativity is boundless and the shop has had a hit of energy and vibrancy. Come visit us at Space2b shop! Or if you’re interested in becoming a part of Space2work, please email hello@space2b.com.au

Space2b – new and permanent home!

Its official and we are open for business.
Space2b’s new site was launched on Friday night, 18th November.
Thank you everyone who came from near and very far to celebrate with us.
Our store is open for business with all sorts of wonderful gifts, clothing, jewellery and lots more.
Come and visit us and bring your friends.
We are open wed – Sat 10-5pm and will be expending our hours over Christmas.

Together we make a difference

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Launch with Janine, leila, Mariam and Clare.  Leila will be running the art Gallery for Space2b.

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Abuk from TWICH, will be joining us next year with her sewing machines and teaching Cert. 3
in sewing.  Her beautiful clothing is already in store.

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The back area of Space2b which will become the Laneway Cafe, early next year, selling coffee,
drinks and delicious takeaway lunch.

We will be running lots of activities, movie nights and creative workshops, so watch this space!

Across Barriers follow up

Following up on our Abe Nouk talk at PCW on 25/8/16


Id like to share some feedback from one of the girls and parents from PCW post event
Here is the piece that Mathilda Pithouse (a Year 12 student) wrote for The Lantern (school newsletter)

“Sudanese-born Abe Nouk landed on Australian soil in 2004 as a refugee, unable to read and write in his own native tongue, let alone the completely new one he was suddenly submerged in. Fast forward 12 years and he is standing infront of a room full of wide-eyed high-schoolers, sharing his story through spoken poetry. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the audience when I say I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the slam poetry, and I’m also positive I speak for everyone when I say that I left that room speechless.

His profound poems delved deep into his war-torn childhood, the stigma of living as a refugee and the frustration he fought and perseverance he found through his illiteracy. He forced us to ponder our privilege – not to induce guilt, but rather appreciation, and emphasised our own role in creating our futures. Most importantly, he emphasised the importance of our self-forgiveness and acceptance, using his extraordinary life as an example.

I’d like to thank this incredible role model for taking his time out to speak to us. We are inspired and most of all, grateful. I hope many more people are lucky enough to hear these amazing stories from such an amazing person.”

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Clearly, she was blown away! The school also received the following email from a parent of a Year 12 girl just last night about Abe’s visit:

” the reason why I wanted to contact you is to say that Leah was very impressed, moved and encouraged by the recent visit of the young rapper/ slam poetry artist from Africa. Leah is very receptive to people who come from different cultural/ social backgrounds and who succeed against all the odds. She was in tears telling me about the young man.
Thank you for organizing this event.”
Fantastic
All three schools are embracing the “Across Barriers” program in some format which will be embedded into their school curriculum for 2017.
PCW and CBC are moving towards organising more events in term 4 , St kilda primary school will be looking into the program closely to see how possibly Y5 curriculum can be further enhanced in 2017.
We look forward to working with such great people and children in the near future, for “together we do make a difference.”

Across Barriers – letters from the students

 

Following up on Abe’s visit, Id like to share some feedback from one of the girls and parents from PCW post event

Here is the piece that Mathilda Pithouse (a Year 12 student) wrote for The Lantern (school newsletter)

“Sudanese-born Abe Nouk landed on Australian soil in 2004 as a refugee, unable to read and write in his own native tongue, let alone the completely new one he was suddenly submerged in. Fast forward 12 years and he is standing in front of a room full of wide-eyed high-schoolers, sharing his story through spoken poetry. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the audience when I say I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the slam poetry, and I’m also positive I speak for everyone when I say that I left that room speechless.

His profound poems delved deep into his war-torn childhood, the stigma of living as a refugee and the frustration he fought and perseverance he found through his illiteracy. He forced us to ponder our privilege – not to induce guilt, but rather appreciation, and emphasised our own role in creating our futures. Most importantly, he emphasised the importance of our self-forgiveness and acceptance, using his extraordinary life as an example.

I’d like to thank this incredible role model for taking his time out to speak to us. We are inspired and most of all, grateful. I hope many more people are lucky enough to hear these amazing stories from such an amazing person.”

_____________________

Clearly, she was blown away! The school also received the following email from a parent of a Year 12 girl just last night about Abe’s visit:

” the reason why I wanted to contact you is to say that Leah was very impressed, moved and encouraged by the recent visit of the young rapper/ slam poetry artist from Africa. Leah is very receptive to people who come from different cultural/social backgrounds and who succeed against all the odds. She was in tears telling me about the young man.
Thank you for organizing this event.”
Fantastic
All three schools are embracing the “Across Barriers” program in some format which will be embedded into their school curriculum for 2017.
We look forward to working with such great people and children in the near future, for “together we do make a difference.”

Spring has Sprung and we are getting Ready to Fly!

With the start of a new season upon us and one that represents new growth and fresh ideas, we are excited about the possibilities that everyone is working with and the products that are being created.

It’s been a supportive and nourishing time for the team and the group is feeling stronger and working beautifully together day-by-day. There’s a steady rhythm we’re working too; a pattern of events, but we are also trying to remember to stop, reflect and see how far these women have come and embrace that journey with them.
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Tenzins smiles would light up any room!
With Christmas drawing closer the trainees have been working on special ‘one-off’ products  which will be ready to go on sale at our end of project Christmas Market being held at Heritage Hill Dandenong in December.
Keep an eye out for our market date and I will keep you updated on this nearer the time.
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Sharifeh and her beautiful mother sharing ideas
In the meantime we have been selling some of the finished pieces of work at Salon Brown in St Kilda, who are a wonderful supporter of the Project and Space2b. We have also been looking for a permanent retail outlet for Space2b, where we will be selling everyone’s creations soon and where we will continue to support them with this process.
So watch this space! Lots happening..Happy Spring to you, from all at Ready to Fly.
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Chaw happily cutting out a children’s dress pattern at Heritage Hill

Across Barriers school program

Hi my name is jane Leroi, I’m coordinating a new school program called “Across Barriers ” a collaboration between Space2b Social Design and three local schools. The program involves school kids developing a welcome program for new migrants into our school communities.This program has been funded by the city of City Of Port Phillip
Our three schools are Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, CBC &Presentation College, Windsor, PCW and St Kilda Primary School, SKPS. Last week Across Barriers had its first event at PCW with Abe Nouk being our guest speaker. Through the voice of poetry Abe mesmerised the kids who were very impressed and inspired to know more about refugees and and how to live the dream with building upon oneself confidence and how to use self motivation to create a future path. Space2b is looking forward to our partnerships with these schools and Abe Nouk from Creative Rebellion Youth to help develop this worthy program.

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This program has been funded by the city of City Of Port Phillip

Meet Vicky Deresa, our Space2work program coordinator

Hi! I’m Vicky – the new Program Coordinator for Space2work – Space2work is a new program that aims to provide employment pathways for people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds as well as newly arrived migrants. On-the-job work experience, improved English language skills and general work skills are some of the outcomes for people participating in the program.

I am pretty excited to be part of the magic that is Space2b!! I come from a background in Community Development, working with women in prostitution and the prison system specifically. I am also a trained silversmith and have recently started a small business based in Elsternwick which involves selling wares made by local artists – lots of connections and reasons to be part of Space2b! I’m really keen to get to know everyone in the Space2b community and learn more about what we can all achieve together.

Space2work has been kindly supported by the City of Port Phillip.

Workshop Time at Twich

What a busy few weeks for the Ready to Fly Programme and now both the trainees and mentors are in full flow! It has been incredible to watch and be part of everyone’s creative and personal journeys. Seeing how individuals are progressing, reflecting on the first few weeks and realising that we are now half way through the project.

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All trainees are working on creating a series of products; to achieve this they are trialling initial samples, learning about a whole range of areas including different material types and restrictions, sizing and costing. Students are predominately working with Australian made materials where possible.

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Tenzin with her Bendigo Woollen Booties

Each week feels incredibly special and rewarding, it’s as if we are creating a ‘creative community’ together; supporting one another, encouraging each other to share ideas, resources and knowledge freely. Everyday brings exciting new developments and we’re able to see this through one-to-one mentoring and group discussions.

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Alongside our sessions at Heritage Hill, we also coordinate off-site workshops with independent designers and instructors.

This week some of the students got the opportunity to learn the basics of pattern grading with the talented Costume Designer and Maker Alison Yiu.

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Sharifeh and Chaw hard at work…

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Alison and Abuk

We try to create workshops to suit individuals’ needs; this particular one is perfect for the fashion designers and makers within the group.

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We were lucky enough to be able to hold this particular short course at one of our trainees workshops in Springvale. Abuk Bol runs a fashion retail space which combines the designing, making and sales all under one roof.

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The sewing school is called Twich Women’s Sewing Collective and teaches the Certificate Level 3 in Clothing and Production as part of RMIT University.

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It was a fantastic day and enjoyed by all.

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Thanks goes to Alison for leading such a great workshop and to Abuk for allowing us to use her shop space.

More project updates coming soon…