Sharing, talking, yarning – its an integral aspect of traditional life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. It's said that a problem shared is a problem halved, and our Yarning Circles provide a platform for local women to meet and discuss personal issues, or just meet and talk. Five Bridges currently facilitates two Yarning Circles:
Once a month women are invited to the women's yarning circle where they can engage in activities such as sewing, jewelry making, beading and other activities which change regularly. During this time women can share their stories with others, as well as discuss the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women today. Many women choose to sew and make items for family members. Younger women are encouraged to attend to learn sewing skills from the Elders and older women.
Women meet once a month in the parklands to hold a yarning circle with a Brisbane Elder or respected person. The yarning circle is held in the park in accordance with traditional ways. Women are free to discuss concerns and share knowledge. Women engage in bead making and other activities, and lunch is provided.