Last month, residents of the Warabrook Centre showcased their art and craft talents at the Newcastle Show, an annual event with pavilion displays, animal demonstrations and entertainment, giving BaptistCare residents an opportunity to to use their ample creative skills and also connect with their local community.
Encouraging people of all levels of cognitive and physical abilities to enter, residents from the Warabrook Hostel, low care & dementia units made entries such as knitted rugs, dolls and beanies.
BaptistCare Activities Officer Cheryl Todd said the craft show was enthusiastically embraced by many residents, admitting there was talk of little else in the lead up to the event.
“They were talking about it non-stop,” she said.
“It has been very exciting for everyone.”
Not all the residents were convinced that their creations were worthy of the competition but with encouragement from staff and other residents, still entered and were amazed with their results with some even winning prizes.
Residents devised and created their own entries, with the dementia residents receiving staff support with their group creation, an autumn leaves wall hanging.
Asked why residents were encouraged to enter, Lifestyle Coordinator Diane Williamson said, “we are always looking at ways to improve their wellbeing we know this is a great opportunity to help them feel good about themselves.”
“Their self-esteem is lifted with knowing that they can still use skills they have learned in the past and they felt proud of their results.”
BaptistCare wishes to thank Cheryl Todd, Pat Disher and Kerry Fenton for all their efforts coordinating the residents and also congratulates all those who entered.
Nona aged 86, Knitted Rainbow Coat Hanger: 1st Prize & Medallion
Maise aged 96, Crocheted Rug & Beanie: 2nd Prize
Doreen aged 91, Pink Children’s Knitted Bed Slippers & Blue Children’s Bed Slippers: Equal 2nd Prize
Phyll aged 98, Knitted Doll: Commended and Pink & Purple Rug: Participation
Nona aged 86, Knitted Pink Coat Hangers: Commended
Monica aged 98, Recycled Shopping Bag Knitted Hat: 1st Prize & Medallion
Gwen aged 78, Pen & Ink Drawing Sturt Peas: Participation
Margaret aged 79, Elizabeth aged 71, Paul aged 66, Brian aged 70, and Marian aged 74, Group project - Autumn leaves Wall Hanging: Commended