Organised by local business woman Dawn Mclean 32, the event, hosted at her shop, Rosewill Cottage, in Whitley Bay, was designed to give the elders an insight into the craft of jewellery making as well as help them improve their dexterity. The group of 11, which included two carers, used a collection of beads and gemstones to make their own bracelets before finishing
the day with a tea party.
Dawn, owner of Rosewill Cottage, which is
located on the newly re-developed Park View parade, hosted the session after
hearing about the good work of the Grange ‘Arts and Activities with Elders’ scheme from a friend.
She said: “I heard about the art projects that the Grange had been involved in, including ceramics, painting and poetry and I
thought that they may like to add jewellery making to their list of activities!”
“Social care for the elderly has received some negative publicity in recent weeks. It’s important that groups like the Grange
Day Care Centre receive the support and recognition from local communities so that they can continue delivering excellent services and opportunities for the elderly. The Grange is committed to offering elders the chance to undertake meaningful activities
that they might not have had the opportunity to experience in the past due to social, financial or physical disadvantage. Dawn, who also makes bespoke jewellery and boasts an array of clients including top London fashion designers, was overwhelmed by the experience. She added: “I found the ladies from The Grange to be some of the most inspirational and delightful people I have ever met. Watching them leave with their own bracelet creations, with beaming smiles on their faces, is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Rosewill Cottage.”
Joyce Brown, 84, a Grange service user, thoroughly enjoyed the day, she said: “I am absolutely delighted with my bracelet, I think
it’s lovely. The Throckley-based centre has run an exciting and diverse range of experiences for its visitors for several years, including
outdoor activities and art projects supported by professionals in the local community.
Deputy Manager at the Grange, Richard Shirbon, 31, thought the Rosewill Cottage visit was a real hit with the group. He said: “The
vibe of the session was really positive and the group were pleased with the bracelets that they made. Everyone went home happy as we had a fantastic afternoon.”
For more information about the Rosewill Cottage store and Rosewill Charms workshop, where bespoke pieces can be commissioned,
please visit www.rosewills-charms.co.uk or pop in the shop at 188 Park View, Whitley Bay – open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm.
By Emily Dobbie.