Our Philosophy - Human to Human
The Nest community embraces handmade living to support the well being of women and children through social enterprise initiatives, and the creation of public homes, gardens and studio spaces to build resilient and connected communities. We believe our philosophy will provide a pathway to develop social resilience to address the issues that our women face with regard to domestic violence and mental health issues. Our philosophy is relationship focused rather than service provision focused.
The Nest philosophy draws from the principles of "Craftivism" in that it embraces the social capital benefit of collective empowerment, action, expression and negotiation. "Craftivism" advocates engagement in the social, preformative and critical discourse around the hand- made art is central to its production and dissemination. "Craftivisim" is built on human- to-human relations.
There is a growing need to connect with the material world, in a more truthful and honest way - people are longing for more sensitive and down-to-earth experiences. The Nest is centred on ideas of environmentalism and sustainability. When buying new materials, we choose organic fabrics and fairly traded products such as home-spun yarns. Yet, even more popular within our organisation is the utilisation of vintage, local suppliers and produce, thrifted and re-purposed goods in order to minimise waste and promote reuse.
The board is comprised of a group of professional women all with a desire to build and support an organisation for women and women's issues.
Roz Fenson - Founder
Rebecca Cason - Founder
Sally Lewis - Chair
Pauline Smith - President
Trish Holliday - Treasurer
Helen Arnell - Secretary
Kathy Watson - Grant Writer
Sonja Gerdsen - Member
Gladys Foley - Member
Gladys Foley - Volunteer Manager
Lisa Saul - Workshop Coordinator
Helen Arnell - Haberdashery Coordinator
Lisa Wilkinson - Marketing Coordinator
Sonja Gerdsen - Garden and Events Coordinator
Belinda Kerwin - Garden and Events Coordinator
Lesley Williams - Boomerang Bags Coordinator
The Nest is supported by wonderful team of over 50 volunteers that work tirelessly each week to keep our doors open. We are always looking for new friendly faces to join our amazing team. If you are able to donate time on a regular or ad-hoc basis we would love to meet you.