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Knitting group takes off at Kilmarnock Heights Home

Knitting group takes off at Kilmarnock Heights Home

Johnnie and Doreen at the Kilmarnock Heights Home knitting group graduation ceremony.
Johnnie and Doreen at the Kilmarnock Heights Home knitting group graduation ceremony.

The clicking of knitting needles is becoming increasingly common at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore.

Members of the home’s knitting group have been busy making teddies and recently celebrated the end of the project with a Teddy Graduation Ceremony.

Resident and group founder Johnnie Wood says the knitting group was set up earlier this year and has become quite popular.

“It has really taken off,” says Johnnie. “We’re getting between eight and ten members each week. The sessions are so quiet – all concentrating hard!”

Johnnie explains the knitting group helps members to gain more confidence in their abilities, while providing companionship and an opportunity to make something creative and special.

“One lady who doesn’t really join in with many activities said she wanted to take part and she’s doing so well. Another lady has a smile the whole time she’s knitting,” says Johnnie.

A special ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the teddies.

“They are all very happy with their finished teddies, and they are looking forward to the next knitting group project.”

The finished teddies are likely to be given to family or children in need. Over the last few years Johnnie herself has donated a number of teddies to the Wellington Hospital children’s ward.

“The children love them because they’re warm, soft and comforting, and they are given to the children who don’t have much. A nurse there once told me that you can halve the amount of medication a child needs if they have something special for themselves, like a teddy to take home,” Johnnie explains.

“It’s all thanks to my cousin who lives in England for sending me her teddy pattern eight years ago.”

Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says Kilmarnock Heights Home truly believes in fostering opportunities for residents to continue to enjoy the things they love.

“Here it’s not about us always providing entertainment for the residents, it’s about supporting an elder-centred community,” explains Annelize.

“The residents are involved in deciding what we do, planning and even in facilitating groups – just like Johnnie does. It’s all about variety, spontaneity, fun and meaningful activity, rather than having set structure and telling them what to do – that’s just not how we operate.”

Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care, as well as a popular day guest programme.

To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, or email kilmarnockheights@psc.org.nz.

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