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Brooklands tenants get crafty

Release Date: 06-Oct-2014
A group of tenants from Brooklands retirement living scheme in Bradley are discovering hidden creative talents.
Peggy Mulvihill, Helen and Heidy Garside, Joyce Darly, Elizabeth Barrett and Margaret Millar with some of their creations

Peggy Mulvihill, Helen and Heidy Garside, Joyce Darly, Elizabeth Barrett and Margaret Millar with some of their creations

They discovered their passion for crafting during a taster session organised by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) earlier in the year.

Inspired by what they learned, the tenants are now holding their own weekly sessions, and are going from strength to strength. They are now looking for funding so they can buy more stock and develop their skills further, as they’re keen to share their love of crafting with others in the scheme.

Echoing the feelings of the whole group, 93 year old Peggy Mulvihill explains why the sessions are so important. She says, “The craft sessions have given me something to look forward to. I love meeting others with the same interest, sharing ideas and learning from each other.

“Since I joined the craft sessions, the quality of my life has improved considerably. It helps to keep me mobile, stimulated and it gets me out of the house, plus I have something to be proud of at the end of each session!”

According to KNH’s older people’s activity coordinator, Karina Sykes, the group illustrates perfectly what she tries to achieve: “we offer a range of events and activities that our older tenants can get involved in because we know how much having fun and being sociable improves both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“We can only do so much, so we really want to get to a stage where the tenants themselves have the confidence and enthusiasm to continue with activities on their own – which is exactly what’s happened at Brooklands. It’s a brilliant example that I hope other older people will follow.”