MASTERPIECE: Lorrae Briggs, Sandie Irwin, Gloria Oldfield and Sandy Towell with their leadlight window project done out of Nanango's Creative Connections.
MASTERPIECE: Lorrae Briggs, Sandie Irwin, Gloria Oldfield and Sandy Towell with their leadlight window project done out of Nanango's Creative Connections. Jessica McGrath

Creatively connecting those in need of a friend

AFTER a year in action, the volunteers at Creative Connections have reflected on their effect on the Nanango community.

Along with being a safe space for art and creativity, Creative Connection's Sandy Towell has put emphasis on the importance of socialisation.

"Our art centre is overseen by Boots'n Bulldust Seeds of Hope, an organisation that supports local people living with depression or mental illness and those that are at risk of suicide,” she said.

"One of the biggest issues is around social isolation, so we've created this centre 12 months ago to let people come and socialise while exploring various craft activities.”

Ms Towell said visitors at the centre had made progress.

"The people who come to our lessons and even our volunteers, most of them have been touched in some way by depression or something else,” she said.

"They may have had PTSD or have a partner who has PTSD, and they might just really need that social outlet. We've found it works really well, and we've had people who have built their confidence up enough that they've come back and run classes for us.

"We also have a number of people who have a talent and just want to share it.”

Ms Towell hopes that more people will come and use the artistic space to come and connect.

"It's a very artistic area, and especially with New Beginnings and Entwined closed down, we're probably going to be the only outlet in Nanango for that in this time,” she said.

"Hopefully this means there'll be more people coming in and getting involved, because there really are activities for everyone.”

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