In the pandemic, when we were all distanced from one another an idea struck us to make use of the virtual platforms available to create a community of people connected through stories. We came up with the idea of Knit A Tale, for it to be a community of writers and creators. However we wanted to find a way to engage directly, interact and get to know who is actually there. Hence came KATfair. A weekly event where we invite members of the community to create stories together.
The group was founded in the beginning of the pandemic as a means of connecting with individuals based on our interest in stories and story creation. Since then, we have had a great journey. The feedback we have recieved, the kind of engagement we have, and how we continue to grow at a steady pace motivates us and inspires us everyday.
KATfair is for anyone who likes stories, who has wanted to create stories, or just wants to engage with some fun people, have an interactive Sunday evening and re energise themselves for the week ahead.
We believe that everyone has a story to tell and can knit a tale. That mental health is a part of that story. We focus on a person’s well being, and wellness as opposed to looking at their ‘problems’. By connecting to one another, by engaging with and getting to know different people, we can grow together as a community and life each other up.
We are trained counselling psychologists ourselves. Should someone require help that we would not be able to provide, we have an extensive referral system and are connected to others in our own and related fields.
Acceptance of everyone and their beliefs, ideologies etc, respect for everyone, that each person has a voice and they can use it. Insensitivity or disrespect directed towards members or facilitators in any way will not be tolerated.
We hope our group members learn to cope with their day to day difficulties and can lead independent lives, that they feel a bit less lonely. We hope to see them explore their creativity, imagination and make some meaningful connections and friendships along the way.
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