Despite having much of their yearly program cancelled this year, the Women on Fire group were all smiles at their second last meeting for the year Friday.
The group, which has been industriously working on a sewing project this term are looking forward to a new year ahead after 12 weeks of their activities were cancelled due to COVID restrictions this year.
"We wanted to provide these women with opportunities to learn new skills and help them improve their English skills," Will Mead, a volunteer with the group said.
"A lot of these women, because they have children at home they don't a chance to get out and do anything. Not a lot of them have access to cars or have a chance to speak with local residents so it's a chance to meet people and build relationships here.
"Western Riverina Community College have been brilliant in helping source courses for the women so they can actually achieve a certificate after participating in these programs."
The multicultural women's group which aims to get women new to Griffith and Australia, connecting with the community, meeting new people and perhaps picking up some handy skills in the process.
Anushka Galapitage, who has been a member of the group for nearly 3 years now says that being a part of the group introduced her to local members of the community which inevitably helped her secure work here.
"The connections I made here helped me find the jobs I now currently have," Mrs Galapitage said.
"The group is a great way to meet people from all other cultures, make friends and learn about new things."
Mrs Galapitage, an accountant, moved to Griffith with her husband and two children a number of years ago and had no previous community connections here.
"We had to start from the beginning with everything, it was really hard. But we know our kids will have a good future here."