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Care & Craft Centres Inc. (Westport)

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Care & Craft Centres Inc. (Westport)
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WM Club, 44 Queen Street
Westport 7825
West Coast
(03) 789 6783 (enquries)
Jeanette James - 03 789 7941
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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.


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.

Mondays - Workingmen's Club, Queen Street, Westport
(03) 789 8843
Community Group Types
Community Group Types
Community Group Types Status Details
Community Organisations Yes
Fitness and Recreation Yes
Updated: 19 Aug 2014
Companionship Self Funded Subsidised After Hours
Day Programme (Non Dementia) Yes Negotiable No
Club/Drop in Centre Yes Negotiable No
Activities/Exercise Programme Yes Negotiable No
Other Social Support Yes Negotiable No
Updated: 19 Aug 2014