Community Audiobook - The Last Leaf

Updated: May 7, 2020

Love in the Time of Covid 19

no. 9 28 April 2020

What's on at the virtual community house?

In this issue:

1. Community Audiobook 2. Here's My Project - Barbara's CoronaQuilt 3. Interview - Meet Amanda, the Organiser of MS Support Group

1. Community Audiobook

The Last Leaf, Episode 1 Six community members read "The Last Leaf" by O'Henry, a short and heartwarming story about neighbours looking after each other during pandemic. Made by the community, for the community, with lots of love ❤

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2. Here's My Project

Streets are quiet, Awesome things are happening... at home!

Barbara's CoronaQuilt

Hello Barbara! Who are you and what is your project? "Barbara from the library 😊 I’ve been spending some time working on a quilt project, I find thinking about the colours and patterns and piecing the blocks together really relaxing."

How long did it take?

"I started it around the middle of March, when my workplace closed, and have been working on and off at it for a few weeks.  It’s my coronaquilt and I’m planning to give it to my daughter."

Have you had this hobby for a long time?

"I’ve had this hobby for along time –I started a baby quilt by hand with hexigons when I was 12 and it grew and grew. I think I was well into my 30’s when I finally finished it.I carted it around everywhere!!  and now it’s on my bed and I’m …. 58. It’s got all the leftovers from things I made and my homemade clothes from when I was a teenager!  I like piecing, the actual quilting is a big job, as you’ve got to have the right sewing machine to do a big quilt, and I’m still working on that skill. The last one I did I just made knots – hundreds of them, and that was for my son and his wife’s wedding present."

Thank you so much for your story and photos, Barbara!

So, Dear Readers, 

What projects are you working on?

Share your passion, help your community stay connected :)

3. Interview

Meet Amanda, the MS Support Group Facilitator!

What are changes the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation has brought to you?

Like everyone, I’m staying home other than the occasional walk or other essential trip. It’s all pretty scary and the news can be overwhelming so I’m using the phone a lot more to talk things over with loved ones. I’m trying to balance the bad news by making my home life joyful. I’m playing the guitar more and I’ve been much more creative in the kitchen to compensate for meals out. I’m also checking in with friends who may be lonely or vulnerable.

Any tips on spending time at home?

Zoom happy hours with family and friends are a fun way to connect, and I’m now doing life drawing and Pilates classes there too. I ask my google to play the radio that keeps me company while I’m pottering around. Connecting with nature through gardening has made me feel so good. I’ve got lots of pot plants and a vegie garden in my courtyard. I’m supporting a local business by buying ice cream and am using the containers to plant seeds. Some comfort food is ok too!

Any contents you'd recommend?

I love watching cooking videos on YouTube. Jamie Oliver has been doing some great ones, but my favourite is Avant Garde Vegan, with his delicious plant based creations. Last Man on Earth (SBS on demand) and Z Nation (Netflix) are both funny takes on the apocalypse. I’ve also been watching a lot of movies and Australian docos on SBS and ABC.

Monthly gatherings of MS Support Group is cancelled. What can people do on their own?

We are now having a monthly telephone linkup in place of our meetings at Newlands. Some of us are connecting on Facebook and the emails will continue. There are a number of other telegroups and one on one peer support available for people with MS. For these or for any other questions or support relating to your MS, please don’t hesitate to contact MS Connect on 1800 042 138.

A message to your class participants:

I’m sad not to see you at Newlands for the time being, but stay well, stay connected and we’ll make it through this together. For those of us living with a chronic condition like MS, the current situation can be extra challenging. But my time with the group has shown me how resilient, kind, wise and adaptable we all are already. I look forward to hearing your voices at the next meeting.

Who is Amanda?

My name is Amanda and I took over running the MS Peer Support Group in Coburg over 2 years ago. It is a friendly group of people with MS (and a few of our support workers) and we catch up once a month at Newlands Neighbourhood House to share stories, information and inspiration. We sometimes have guest speakers on specific topics.

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From the NECCHi team (Newlands & East Coburg Community Hubs inc.)

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