Group stitches up blankets and hope for domestic violence victims

HELPING OUT: Bayside craft manager Chris Schluter with Salvation Army work for the dole participant Blade Sypher. Photo: Supplied

HELPING OUT: Bayside craft manager Chris Schluter with Salvation Army work for the dole participant Blade Sypher. Photo: Supplied

WELFARE recipients are helping a Redlands craft group to make ornaments and kids quilts after sewing emergency towels, bags and blankets for victims of domestic violence.

The partnership is all part of the Salvation Army’s Employment Plus program, which has paired its clients with Bayside Craft to help the community.

Bayside Craft manager Chris Schluter said she was impressed by the commitment to work participants had shown.

The dream catcher designed by Blade Sypher. Photo: Supplied

The dream catcher designed by Blade Sypher. Photo: Supplied

The group had made the emergency goods ahead of schedule before participants decided to begin making the decorative pieces.

“Our participants have displayed a tremendous work ethic as the quality and quantity of their output shows,” she said.

“Their passion for helping these men, women and children is driven by their understanding of the loss and heartache experienced by those who suffer as part of a work for the dole program.”

Ms Shluter said program participant Blade Sypher had designed a tree of life dream catcher and shown others how to replicate it.

“The ornamental ‘The Tree of Life’ is a piece of art that people displaced by violence can hang in their rooms, above their bed and it signifies hope,” she said.