The course was run by a master of his trade. With his demeanour he was able to instruct us in a manner that (was) comfortable whilst at the same time clearly demonstrating what was required of us and what we could achieve. The (class) was mixed sex and ages from very young to very advance(d). Yes, it was good for the soul and thanks for funding us.
From the Barraba Campus Coordinator
Barraba Community College recently welcomed John McMaster to tutor an 8-strand roo hide whipmaking course. John is well known across Australia for the quality of his hand-crafted stock whips and leather belts. He frequently tutors short courses in plaiting, belt and hatband making and both 4- and 8-strand whipmaking using roo hide and red cow hide. The classes are always popular. At times the College has had people travel from interstate to take part. A group of eight enthusiasts including five Barraba locals, worked from early morning to dark to complete their own roo hide whip over the course of the weekend. The Barraba Men’s Shed donated use of the shed and tools such as clamps and vices were very helpful to ensure the leather was stretched and tensioned during the plaiting. At the completion of the weekend participants proudly demonstrated their completed whips to show off how well they ‘crack’!
From the Narrabri Campus Coordinator
It started as a chilly day on Killarney Gap Road, Narrabri but participants in the Make your Own Silver Ring soon warmed up with a cuddle from some local wildlife. Kath Hamilton from Silver at Sawn Rocks guided participants through the process of making a silver ring to their own design and everyone left with a unique piece of jewellery that looked fabulous. Thank you Kath and thank you HNECC PHN for providing funding for this course to give a well needed break and distraction to everyone. We are looking forward to the Make your own Silver Bangle next!
From the Warialda Campus Coordinator
A small but enthusiastic group of community volunteers joined the RAMHP-delivered Volunteer Wellbeing session hosted by Warialda Community College in partnership with the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) at their rooms in Warialda on 25 June.
Educating volunteers on how to identify, manage and prevent stress and fatigue is critical to ensuring the continued growth of our volunteering workforce. RAMHP Coordinator Letitia Cross warned participants that volunteer fatigue can lead to people resenting their committee or their role, not feeling valued, or even disengaging from their role and possibly leaving. Participants were given useful tips, videos and facts to help manage and reduce volunteer stress and information about how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing; as well as that of others.
The one-hour Volunteer Wellbeing workshop was followed by a delightful luncheon that continued in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for most of the afternoon.