Care & Craft Centres Inc. (Westport)
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- Jeanette James - 03 789 7941
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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.
Mondays - Workingmen's Club, Queen Street, Westport
(03) 789 8843