There are a few time-honored Australian traditions, and one of these is sitting and having a good natter over a cup of tea.
In a partnership between Launceston woman Robin Ellenberger and the Migrant Resource Centre North, female leaders in the migrant community will come together over the tea table.
It will be a chance for them to develop friendships and connect over shared experiences.
“This facilitates a way for them to meet other women who are doing exactly what they’re doing, who arrived under similar circumstances and being able to share those experiences and challenges that they’re facing in Tasmania,” Migrant Resource Centre chief executive Ella Dixon said.
“You don’t get to know somebody until you sit down and actually have a conversation.”Ella Dixon
“You don’t get to know somebody until you sit down and actually have a conversation.”
The tea parties will be held in Miss Baggie’s Tea Parlour – a mobile food van restored by Mrs Ellenberger and her husband primarily for community and fundraising tea parties.
The tea party, on Saturday, July 29, will be a new forum where the women can get to know each other in a less formal setting, and as leaders can represent their communities.
Mrs Ellenberger thinks the event, which will be the first of an ongoing tradition, is an opportunity to share and learn from each other.
“They might like to cook, and I can learn something from them or they might like to crochet,” she said.
Mrs Ellenberger approached Ms Dixon about the idea of an event for female migrants after interacting with the wives of several refugee men she was business mentoring.