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Our Story or The amazing people, mission and vision behind our community

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Our Mission

We honour our crafting heritage by coming together in a safe and supportive community space for women to share their knowledge and skills to create and produce handmade items using reclaimed resources

Our Impact

Mission

Our Mission Is to exchange the skills and knowledge of our volunteers with women seeking to learn and share through creative skills development. Our community provides a safe and supportive environment for women and girls to interact and engage with one another, and gives them the opportunity to build confidence and relationships through our community projects.

Our History

Our Management Committee

The Nest Management Committee comprises 5 genuinely talented women who are focused on the strategic growth of our community’s social enterprises. The common thread between these women is that they have built their careers and enterprises with sheer determination in the face of adversity. These women bring to the table a diverse range of business and leadership acumen, together with the skills and capability to advance our core values through our programs, services, and charity partners. And most importantly of all, they are passionate about making a positive difference for women through connecting with creativity and community.

Roz Foley Fenson

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Margot McLay

Chair

Lisa Wilkinson

Secretary 

Trish Holliday

Treasurer

Mary-Ann Strelow

Community Leaders

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

The backbone of our organisation is an extraordinary group of women who volunteer to work together to coordinate the massive machine that is required to manage our volunteer workforce. Their combined handmade living skills, leadership qualities and professional backgrounds make them essential leaders within our social enterprises and valuable facilitators in the delivery of our workshop programs. There are so many but here are just a few.

Maryanne Hambrecht

Volunteer Operation Coordinator

Cecilia Costa Gomez

Workshop Facilitator

Kerry Curry

Haberdashery Shift Manager

Jacqueline Wilson

Haberdashery Shift Manager

 

Kay Byrne

Haberdashery Shift Manager

Lou James

Haberdashery Shift Manager & Workshop Facilitator

Mary Brady

Workshop Facilitator

Lynne Wynbergen

Workshop Facilitator, Vintage & Special Resource Advisor

Sharon Oldfield

Volunteer Haberdashery Leader

Trish Macdonald

Workshop Facilitator

Roz Fenson

Managing Director & Co Founder

Pauline Stockwell

Volunteer Sew Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator

Sarah Dally

Volunteer Workshop Facilitator

Gladys Foley

Craft Stall Coordinator

Corporate and Charity Partners

A Circle of giving.

Thank you to our friends that have helped us through our journey so far. We value everyone’s contributions no matter how great or small. As a self-funded entity, we are extremely grateful for the support we have received through financial donations, resources and service provision from other associations, local businesses, councils and charities to support the continuation and growth of our organisation and our ability to deliver a place for women to connect.

Our impact since we opened the doors of our community home seven years ago, has been immeasurable for the 10,000 women who have been touched by our services or participated in the 700 workshops that we have delivered.

But our work has only just begun. In a world filled with so much pressure surrounding climate change and global warming and mental health vulnerability. We believe our three core values as an organisation: mentoring, sustainability and handmade living can help bridge the gap between generations and build resilient and connected communities.

One out of three young people today will grow up without a mentor. However, those young adults who do find mentors are 55% less likely to skip school, are 130% more likely to hold leadership roles, 78% are more likely to go on and volunteer, and even better still, 90% of them will go on to become a mentor themselves one day.

We need people power and financial commitment from those who have the vision to walk beside us. When individuals act together, social change can occur. This year we are launching our flagship program “The Exchange Project” If you are interested in supporting us through funding or pro bono services please contact our CEO Roz Fenson to discuss how we can make an impact together.