The Workpower team in Mandurah organised a new social art club to provide opportunities for customers to develop new skills and connections. Four customers attended the first Craftability club held in Mandurah last month.
During winter, bad weather can make it hard to do activities in the community. So instead, members of our support team organised a weekly arts and craft social club to help their individual customers work towards their goals. These goals include community participation, pursuing interests, developing skills, and socialising with others.
Developing art and social skills
Customers chose their own projects to work on during the session. Vanessa loves making art and found great joy in creating a decorative flower box. She used paint to enhance the wood texture, lined the inside with fabric, and adorned the lid with flowers.
You could not wipe the smile off Vanessa’s face as she worked hard on her creation. As soon as she’d finished this project, she began work on another!
“I believe that doing arts and craft has many benefits,” says one of Craftability’s leading organisers, Support Coach Beth Stone.
“It’s a great way to learn how to be independent and develop creativity, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think outside the box.”
Another customer, James, experimented with techniques and used a plastic bag to distribute paint on the canvas, creating a flame-like effect. Making art has helped him try new ideas and be innovative.
James is usually shy around new people and environments, but has grown in confidence since joining the social club. He’s now opened up towards others and is happy to share his creative ideas with the group.
The Workpower team support our customers to complete their projects by breaking large tasks into smaller ones. In addition to developing new art skills, the social club is a welcoming space to make friends and connect with others in the community.
The process of making art also has a relaxing effect and can help individuals improve their focus and mindfulness. We look forward to seeing many more beautiful artistic creations from the Craftability club.