Fash­ion tal­ents used to trans­form trash

The Leader (Tasman) - - OUT & ABOUT - CARO­LINE BUDGE

There was a feast of cre­ativ­ity and pos­i­tive age­ing on show re­cently at Age Con­cern Nel­son Tas­man’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons.

Marked on Oc­to­ber 1st ev­ery year, this is a day to stop and con­sider the con­tri­bu­tions that older peo­ple play in so­ci­ety and this year was no ex­cep­tion.

We or­gan­ised and ran a Fun Fash­ion Show with af­ter­noon tea, en­ter­tain­ment from bar­ber­shop quar­tet The Hemi­spheres, plus a dis­play of cre­ative re­cy­cling from a group of tal­ented women who all live at Sum­mer­set in the Sun re­tire­ment vil­lage.

Called Waste to Waist, they had used old ma­te­ri­als – in­clud­ing felt, plas­tic bags, gift wrap, CDS – to cre­ate won­der­ful, bright and unique out­fits, which they mod­elled to over 160 peo­ple.

This year’s IDOP theme was about tap­ping into the tal­ents, con­tri­bu­tions and par­tic­i­pa­tion of older peo­ple in so­ci­ety . . . and that’s some­thing we know there is no short­age of lo­cally.

It was a great af­ter­noon to show­case older peo­ple be­ing cre­ative and hav­ing fun.

In other news Age Con­cern is con­tin­u­ing its work on the AgeCon­nect ini­tia­tive, which is all about cre­at­ing more so­cial­is­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and bet­ter con­nected com­mu­ni­ties for our older peo­ple.

A new co­or­di­na­tor will be start­ing in a ded­i­cated role in early Novem­ber to help steer words into ac­tion, and im­ple­ment

‘‘It was a great af­ter­noon to show­case older peo­ple be­ing cre­ative and hav­ing fun. ’’

low-cost and no-cost so­lu­tions to peo­ple feel­ing iso­lated or lonely.

We have also been work­ing with both Nel­son and Tas­man coun­cils as they work on cre­at­ing long term plans and strate­gies for the age­ing pop­u­la­tion in the wider re­gion – in­form­ing them of the kinds of is­sues we see with reg­u­larly and how we can all work to­gether to cre­ate an age­friendly Nel­son Tas­man.

Rest as­sured, many agen­cies and in­di­vid­u­als are very busy be­hind the scenes on en­sur­ing we are a con­nected, vi­brant and re­spon­sive com­mu­nity in which older peo­ple are sup­ported and val­ued.

If you’d like to vol­un­teer with us please get in touch on 03 544 7624 or email: sup­port@agecon­cernnt.org.nz.

Visit our web­site at www.agecon­cernnt.org.nz to read more.

Modelling their cre­ations in Waist to Waste.

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