Patchwork group adds to strong fabric of our community

Tuesday 30 March 2021

A unique partnership between a patchwork group, Langwarrin Community Centre and Peninsula Health has provided vital assistance for people living with dementia.

Peninsula Health Allied Health Assistant (Occupational Therapy Department), Melissa Jones, said Peninsula Health admitted a number of residents from aged care facilities with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Jones said Peninsula Health staff recognised those with dementia required activities to engage them during their stay.

She approached the Community Centre’s PatchNChat group and asked if they could make tactile ‘Fidget Mats’ incorporating pockets, beads, laces and textured fabrics.

“Fidget mats are great for people with dementia who may have restless hands. They are small enough to sit on a patient’s knee and give them something soothing to focus on while sitting,” Ms Jones said.

Langwarrin Community Centre Manager Sam Neeman said PatchNChat group members were keen to help out and get involved in the project.

The PatchNChat group meets regularly at the Community Centre to socialise while working on patchwork projects.

“The PatchNChat members were thrilled to know their work is making such a difference in people’s lives. It’s an added bonus for the group, who always have fun when they get together,” Ms Neeman said.

North East Ward Cr Suzette Tayler said the partnership highlighted the importance of community connections, working together and providing a helping hand.

“This is a wonderful initiative and I commend Peninsula Health, Langwarrin Community Centre and the PatchNChat members for their great work to provide this vital outlet for those living with dementia.  

“Frankston City Council proudly supports our Community House network – directly managing four Community Houses and maintaining another five independently run Community Houses. Community houses exist to support their neighbourhoods and bring people together, so it’s gratifying to see this group paying it forward by sharing their unique skills in such a meaningful way,” Cr Tayler said.

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