In 2010 Community Care Tasmania established the Creative Connections program to break down the social isolation experienced by some elderly migrants within the community.
Currently facilitated by local artist Jo Anglesey, this successful weekly program brings people together to both share a meal and create a variety of artworks.
In the sharing of cultural traditions or a joke, or through planning art activities or gallery outings, strong bonds of friendship and well-being are developed.
Here the emphasis is on collaboration as much as creativity.
Each year the group exhibits their work in a range of community settings, such as at the ARTrium Gallery at the Launceston General Hospital. Their works have also won prizes at the Launceston Show.
Participants also produce an annual calendar featuring their paintings. These are usually sold or given as gifts.
They also visit local exhibitions and are developing their IT skills to view exhibitions from around the world!
It is the participants and their passion for life that makes this program.
Click here to local ABC interviews with Creative Connections artists.
"I love it every day. I'm so glad I found this group."
"I love the different languages and life stories and finding out about cooking and food as well as art. Some of the others are very clever."
"Gets me out of the house ...makes me very happy seeing all the different creations."
The only complaint seems to be that they would like the program to run every day!
In Jo’s words, “...It gives me great pleasure to see participants actively involved in something that stimulates their brains and that they really enjoy.”