A hand­made Christ­mas mar­ket

De­men­tia HB sells its hand crafts

Hastings Leader - - News -

De­men­tia Hawke’s Bay is get­ting into the fes­tive spirit, hold­ing its first Twi­light Christ­mas Mar­ket to­mor­row night at its Hast­ings branch.

The Hast­ings De­men­tia Hawke’s Bay team is invit­ing the pub­lic to come along and en­joy live mu­sic, a sausage siz­zle, barista cof­fee and check out the hand­made gifts for Christ­mas. Hast­ings team leader Vic­to­ria Bond says the idea to hold the mar­ket came from those who at­tend the day pro­gramme.

Par­tic­i­pants have dif­fer­ent cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing learn­ing new and main­tain­ing cur­rent cre­ative art, work­shop and gar­den­ing skills. If all goods were then sold to sup­port the fundrais­ing ef­forts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, it would give pur­pose and mean­ing to all the cre­ative ther­apy and work­shop classes of­fered on a daily ba­sis, Vic­to­ria says.

Unique hand­crafted goods in­clud­ing drift­wood trees, home de´ cor items, chil­dren’s night lights, a fairy cor­ner, hand­made cho­co­lates and bak­ing, jew­ellery, plants ga­lore and even hand­made dog bis­cuits will all be at the mar­ket.

There will also be a sausage siz­zle run by the group’s vol­un­teers and barista cof­fee to be en­joyed in the gar­dens, along with live en­ter­tain­ment.

Vic­to­ria says all goods made are unique.

“We pride our­selves that we have cre­ated arts and craft goods that are made from cre­ative minds op­posed to cus­tomer de­mand.”

She is look­ing for­ward to open­ing the cen­tre’s doors to the pub­lic to show­case how their pro­gramme ben­e­fits peo­ple liv­ing well with de­men­tia in the com­mu­nity.

“We will be show­ing off the many skills and hard work of our pro­gramme mem­bers and in­creas­ing pub­lic aware­ness of our ser­vice,” Vic­to­ria says.

More vol­un­teers — kitchen sup­port, driv­ers, gar­den­ers, work­shop en­thu­si­asts — are al­ways needed in both the Hast­ings and Napier day pro­grammes.

■ De­men­tia HB Twi­light Christ­mas Mar­ket, Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1, 5pm7pm, 102 Wind­sor Av­enue, Hast­ings. For more in­for­ma­tion email ad­[email protected]­men­ti­ahb.org.nz or visit www.de­men­ti­ahb.org.nz.

For Napier res­i­dents pop into 1 Wild­ing Av­enue, Marewa, Napier or phone 06 834 0417.

Good­ies ga­lore will be up for grabs at De­men­tia Hawke’s Bay’s first twi­light Christ­mas mar­ket.

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