Camp bombers

 

• Yarn bombers get ready for the deafblind camp at Woodman Point this weekend.

ABOUT 50 deafblind people and 86 volunteers will take part in a massive yarn bombing while camping at Woodman Point this weekend.

The annual deafblind camp is a fun affair with lots of accessible activities including tandem bikes, stand-up paddle boards, archery, beach games and swimming.

For the first time they’ll do a huge yarn bombing – creating an art installation from the thousands of woolen items donated by deafblind people in Australia during the past year.

It is the third time the national camp has been rescheduled because of covid-19, with many Eastern states folk still unable to attend, but people are coming from Tasmania, South Australia and one from Queensland.

“Deafblindness is a most isolating disability,” says Karen Wickham, a social worker and deafblind consultant for Senses Australia. 

 “The camp gives people the opportunity to come together with peers to share experiences and build an extended network – many of our campers when they first come to us have never met another deafblind person. It also raises awareness in the community about deafblindness.” 

The camp is partly funded by a grant from the department of communities, and was set up to support and connect people who are deafblind.

The camp runs from Friday March 12 – Monday March 15.

For more details go to senses.org.au/deafblind-west-australians-yarn-bombing-project/ 

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