Lucine, Participant of Open Sewing Course Recorded by Barbara Imobersteg for series "How I got to know Social Fabric"
First I saw the dressmaker's dummy. A beautiful dress was hanging on her and I thought, "This is my dream!"
I came to the sewing atelier with the Youth Red Cross. We had a holiday course: a week to sew, go on a trip to the zoo and have a good time. It was the first time since we fled the war in Ukraine that I could forget my heavy thoughts.
Finally meeting young people again and having fun!
I was so depressed at the beginning, I had nothing to do here at all. In our asylum accommodation, a Ukrainian woman told me about Social Fabric. I saw the pictures of the sewing atelier - and I wrote a WhatsApp message: "Can I come too?". There were still free places and I signed up.
I am a lawyer, I always had to study a lot.
I never had time to sew and so I was very happy about this offer.
In the course with Youth Red Cross, we had a common project, a summer blanket, and I also sewed a gym bag, a pair of shorts, and a scrunchie for my mother. I enjoyed the breaks, the exchange.
Not everyone could speak German or English, but we communicated well and the atmosphere was great.
From then on, I attended the Open Sewing Course and, as soon as a place became available, my mother could also participate. How nice that we get the material here and that we can do something with our hands - something useful - and learn something new at the same time!
The Youth Red Cross course helped me to overcome my depression.
I still keep in touch with the participants. We write to each other and network, and we already have ideas for the next joint events. Maybe an art event? I could dance... The bond has only grown.