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Aged care, disability services join together in passion for art

29 June 2016 Wesley Mission news

From a joint desire to support the people in their programs, Michelle Rogers from Wesley Disability Services and Manager of Frank Vickery Village, Jodie Hopkins, saw the opportunity that bringing their services together would present. From this, the initiative was born providing older Australians and people with disabilities get to work on joint activities that promote acceptance, creativity, friendship and fun.

Testing the waters with this initiative, Jodie and Michelle brought residents of Frank Vickery Village and clients of Wesley Disability Services together to created two murals. Entitled, Our Passion, the artworks now hang in the dining room of Frank Vickery Village and the foyer of Wesley Disability Services in nearby Woolooware to represent the friendship between the services. 

Rev Keith Garner reflected on the artwork and the benefits to all involved.

"Psychologically, the benefits of painting give people a sense of worth and contribution; creating gives people a more positive outlook on life, and negates depression and promotes esteem and worth."

"And it's not just about art. The initiative also provides an opportunity for people to socialise with others in a trusted and safe environment that promotes self-expression."

Apart from the murals, the residents have worked together with clients of Wesley Disability Services to establish a vegetable garden at Woolooware, attended a local pre-school for a Christmas pageant and shared in monthly morning teas.