Keeping Our Community Cosie – on ball of yarn at a time

If a good yarn and a cup of tea is what you’re looking for then I’ve found a wonderful generous local group who are also handy with crochet hooks and knitting needles

Cosies Outreach was formed when a like-minded group of mums from Padua and Mount Alvernia got together three years ago to make a difference and give back to their community. Lead by Kim Dodwell this lovely group come together every Tuesday evening during school terms, at Padua College and during the daytime on Tuesdays at Strathpine Library to create beautiful handmade practical items for Brisbane’s homeless and disadvantaged. Working with grass roots charities like MaD (Making a Difference), K4BN (Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy), Giving Grannies and Catholic Ministries such as Blind Eye and Murri Ministries. They also assist Mount Alvernia’s Tuesday Crochet Club and during term 2 this year made 5 blankets for Delamore Retirement Village.

During the last three years the Cosies Outreach group have made beanies, cowls, scarves, gloves and warm blankets that have been donated to many of these charities including Rize Up (helping women and children flee domestic violence), Rosies friends on the street, Paddy’s Van and the Breakfast Club whilst sharing their stories and friendship. The group helps each other and has grown from the relationships formed. Kim loves the northside and its great community, friendships, families, schools where everything is close and everyone is friendly.

Cosies Outreach are always looking for donations of yarn to keep making their beanies and warm accessories and donations can be dropped into Padua College during the term or into the Northside Flower Market at Stafford other times. Padua supports them also with yarn and a regular place to crochet weekly and they love having an Outreach program that involves the parents and local community. Cosies vision is to make as many beanies as they can to help Brisbane charities. Kim said she learnt how to knit at primary school and she would love it if more schools taught knitting and crochet. She believes that the skill and craft of making an item by hand is very rewarding and if a child can make something physical to gift to another, then that creates a better world. A kind gesture that can never be re-paid spreads kindness and compassion in all.

Cosies Outreach meet at Padua College, Turner Road, Kedron in the PC Building. Tuesday nights 6.45-8pm during the school term. BYO Size 6 hook and two balls of earthy coloured 8 ply acrylic yarn. Beginners are welcome and they will teach you. They are always looking for more yarn and more helpers and I can vouch for them as a very friendly welcoming group that are always up for a chat and a laugh.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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