The purpose of a Care and Craft Centre is to provide a range of interests and companionship for adult disabled or lonely housebound people.
Founded in Auckland in 1974 by Rewa Henderson, QSM, Care and Craft now has many centres operating throughout New Zealand.
THE CARE AND CRAFT CENTRES INC.
A Care and Craft Centre caters for lonely housebound people and disabled adults, known as guests, who are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of handcrafts and social activities.
Care and Craft is not affiliated to any religious denomination.
There are no paid staff, and costs are kept to a minimum. Established centres help finance new centres. These, in turn, become self-supporting, through weekly trading tables and support from their local communities.
Volunteers, called helpers, organise and staff the centres which function in local halls one day a week, from approximately 1 Dam to 2pm, except during school holidays.
Morning tea and lunch are provided at a nominal charge.
Guests are offered tuition and help in such handcrafts as weaving, bathmats & knitted novelties, crochet, card making, painting, knotted rugs, toy making, Rumicub, Indoor bowls and painted embroidery, in a friendly caring atmosphere.
Transport to the centres can be arranged for guests who require it. Offers of assistance from drivers are always gratefully accepted.
Helpers require no special qualifications, only a caring spirit and a willingness to assist with craft work, kitchen or general duties, or to drive the guests to and from the centre.
Guests who attend the centres have a wide range of needs, and all - the handicapped, the emotionally distressed and the elderly living alone, with little company - can benefit from association with the centres.
If you know of a prospective guest, or if you feel you can help, contact the centre nearest you.
Meets Mondays, Nativity Centre, Anglican Church, Alfred Street, Blenheim.
Supervisor, Dawn Amos