Yarn across the ages

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

SE­NIORS are shar­ing their knowl­edge of the arts and crafts of yes­ter­year with younger gen­er­a­tions at a stu­dio in Kala­munda.

Lo­cal busi­ness­woman Fay Valli cre­ated the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional classes af­ter the heart­break of see­ing her grand­par­ents move into aged care fa­cil­i­ties and lose their pas­sion for ac­tiv­i­ties they once loved.

“Some of my fond­est mem­o­ries grow­ing up are of cre­at­ing macrame crafts, cook­ing and knit­ting with my grand­mother,” she said.

“Sadly, when she moved into aged care she lost her love of arts and crafts.

“I wanted to reignite the pas­sion for these old-school crafts, while also pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our se­niors to share their wis­dom, feel needed and get cre­ative,” she said.

Mrs Valli said the pro­gram aimed to en­cour­age re­tirees, se­niors and those in aged care phys­i­cally able to take an hour a week to be cre­ative, share sto­ries and meet new peo­ple.

“Dur­ing in­ter­gen­er­a­tional classes, se­niors can at­tend with their chil­dren, grand­chil­dren or pair with other fam­i­lies to com­plete projects to­gether,” she said.

“I want to help se­niors share their knowl­edge, sto­ries and cre­ate some­thing they can take home and talk about.

“But, most of all, I want to help fos­ter a sense of pos­i­tive age­ing where se­niors feel con­nected to their com­mu­nity and can re­alise their im­por­tance,” she said.

Mrs Valli said she would like to roll out the pro­gram to lo­cal aged care fa­cil­i­ties or com­mu­nity cen­tres to al­low every­one to par­tic­i­pate.

“I’ve al­ready spo­ken with the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Aged Care, Ken Wy­att, and he thinks it is a great idea.

“We’re hop­ing to se­cure some fund­ing to of­fer these classes to those who can’t af­ford it, but who per­haps need it the most.”

She said many peo­ple in aged care are lonely and some have no vis­i­tors at all, so the classes would en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion and spark cre­ativ­ity.

Term 1 be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 6 at Mrs Valli’s ArtHEART stu­dio in Kala­munda.

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Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478797

Lo­cal busi­ness­woman Fay Valli with Judy Wolfe, of Kala­munda, and Xan­the (3) and Pippa (5) Valli.

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