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Ipswich workshop sessions aim to upskill the elderly

NEW SKILLS: Michelle Poole and Suzanne Lewis look forward to Creative Generations as part of Seniors Week.
NEW SKILLS: Michelle Poole and Suzanne Lewis look forward to Creative Generations as part of Seniors Week. Inga Williams

IPSWICH grandmother Suzanne Lewis is one senior who knows it's never too late to learn a new skill.

The 74-year-old is encouraging pensioners to take part in a series of hands-on arts and crafts workshops, which will be available in Ipswich this month.

Sessions aim to upskill elderly people in a variety of activities, from Christmas centrepiece making to learning how to save photos on your computer.

The workshops are organised by Arts Connect Ipswich with the support of the Council on the Ageing and Ipswich City Council.

Mrs Lewis - an Arts Connect volunteer - said the activities were held in line with Seniors Week Queensland, which runs from August 16 to 24.

About eight different workshops will take place on August 19 at the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre from 9am to 12.30pm.

"This will be the third year we have held this event," Mrs Lewis said. "Each time we've seen all the workshops filled to capacity.

"The classes are mainly geared to beginners so that anyone can participate."

ArtsConnect Ipswich secretary Michelle Poole said the workshops were a chance for seniors to connect with their peers in an informal setting.

Ms Poole who is also scheduled to present a jewellery-making class said she loved sharing her skills and giving people the opportunity to learn something new.

Each workshop costs only $5 which includes materials and morning tea.

Places are limited and bookings are essential. Phone Suzanne on 3281 4001 or email t.risson@mail.com.

Workshops

  • Creative stitchery
  • Beginners basketry
  • Jewellery making
  • Textile brooches
  • Gift card making
  • Christmas centrepiece making
  • Saving photos to the computer
  • Interior paint techniques

Topics:  seniors week



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