Seniors learn new tricks with series of workshops

SUPER SKILLS: Michelle Poole and Suzanne Lewis will be at the ArtsConnect workshops, to be held from August 16-24.
SUPER SKILLS: Michelle Poole and Suzanne Lewis will be at the ArtsConnect workshops, to be held from August 16-24. Inga Williams

IPSWICH grandmother Suzanne Lewis is one senior who knows it's never too late to learn a new skill.

The 74-year-old is encouraging pensioners to take part in a series of hands-on arts and crafts workshops, which will be available in Ipswich this month.

Sessions aim to upskill elderly people in a variety of activities, from Christmas centrepiece making to learning how to save photos on your computer.

The workshops are organised by ArtsConnect Ipswich with the support of the Council on the Ageing and Ipswich City Council.

Mrs Lewis - an ArtsConnect volunteer - said the activities were held in line with Seniors Week Queensland, which runs from August 16-24.

About eight different workshops will take place on August 19 at the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre from 9am-12.30pm.

"This will be the third year we have held this event. Each time we've seen all the workshops filled to capacity," Mrs Lewis said.

ArtsConnect Ipswich secretary Michelle Poole said the workshops were a chance for seniors to connect with their peers in an informal setting.

Ms Poole, scheduled to present a jewellery-making class, said she loved sharing her skills and giving people the opportunity to learn something new.

Each workshop costs only $5 which includes materials and morning tea.

Places are limited and bookings are essential. Phone Suzanne on 3281 4001 for more details.

Topics:  seniors week

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