Ozcare art project brings love to seniors

Published 12:00pm 13 February 2024

Ozcare art project brings love to seniors
Words by Nadia Chapman

Photo by Wallis Media | Ozcare Clontarf resident Elizabeth Worthington and Ozcare’s Mozart Program participant Angie White

A new art project facilitated by Ozcare in Ipswich delivered heart-shaped cushions to Ozcare residents in Clontarf.

The Creative Hands program focuses on individuals and their interests, and helps seniors feel connected and find creative ways to give back to others in the community.

The idea of the heart-shaped cushions came from wanting to cheer up others on Valentine’s Day.

Ipswich Disability Services Coordinator Andrew Hobson says 13 participants took part in the program for Valentine’s Day and developed skills in sewing.

“Our activities are all focused on our individuals and their interests, so this is very much the culmination of their desire to come up with a kind gesture for others in the community,” Andrew says.

“Our work initially started with patchwork quilts and chair cushions, but it was decided that heart-shaped pillows for seniors for Valentine’s Day was the best way to cheer up the lives of others.

“There was a strong sense of achievement and a growing confidence amongst this group as they worked each week to create the cushions. That has led to improvements in their overall wellbeing, which is the aim of the program.”

Ozcare Clontarf Diversional Therapist Trudi Tarres says the program positively impacted the residents’ lives.

“People of all ages need a chance to interact and learn about the challenges of others in their communities. It is also a way of growing better acceptance of our similarities and differences as a community,” Trudi says.

Not only do Ozcare residents find comfort in craft, but there is a myriad of other activities, including equine therapy, attending NRL training sessions, sporting sessions, hydrotherapy, bingo, overnight getaways and shows at QPAC.

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