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Volunteer Spotlight : Meet Julia

Photo credit Alexander Williamson

I was volunteering with Nairn Book and Arts Festival to help with the children’s parade. Making 150 pairs of wings with two drama students who when they arrived couldn’t sew – and when they left they could. The Festival hired some space at Seaman’s Hall and that’s how I got involved with Green Hive.

The value of volunteering is the sense of community. It’s fun, it’s a lovely sense of mutual support. Our sessions usually start with a cup of tea and a chat. And then some encouragement from the Green Hive team to get started on our projects! We have lots of fabrics which have been donated by local hotels and bed and breakfasts. Fabric that would otherwise go into landfill.

So now we’re making products for the community and local businesses and supporting Green Hive in recycling.

Because of my involvement with the children’s parade, I’m now running children’s workshops. Our first session was called ‘creepy costumes’ – for secondary school children. We made ghost and witches and wizards costumes. Then we had a Christmas one where we made stockings. Now we’re running a workshop for younger children and their parents.  

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