Thanks to a grant from Northparkes Mines, the Parkes Quota Club has been able to continue its art therapy program for the aged care residents of Southern Cross Care.
The funds are spent on art supplies for the program, which was originally started in August 2010 with the help of two local artists and two volunteers.
Quotarian Robyn Morrissey said the program has now grown into a regular commitment by volunteers.
“Up to 12 club members volunteer their time by assisting up to eight residents in our art classes twice a month,” Robyn said.
“With the money made available to us we are able to introduce many different types of art mediums for the residents to experience.
“These include acrylic and watercolour paints, pastels, watercolour pencils, texture paste and other mixed mediums that they enjoy experimenting with.”
A selection of the residents’ brightly coloured artworks are regularly displayed around the facility for the enjoyment of visitors, family and staff.
Residents have also had the satisfaction of exhibiting some of their works at the Parkes Library several times during Senior’s Week.
“We feel our art program is having a positive effect on the residents well-being, self esteem and personal satisfaction with their creative efforts,” Robyn said.
“They enjoy the interaction with the Quota Club volunteers as we also enjoy our time spent with them.”