Self care for parents a focus at Shire of Dardanup art and craft parents program

Claudette RizziBunbury Herald
The Shire of Dardanup art and craft program is aimed at giving parents time out and supporting wellbeing and mental health.
Camera IconThe Shire of Dardanup art and craft program is aimed at giving parents time out and supporting wellbeing and mental health. Credit: Shire of Dardanup/supplied

An opportunity for parents to prioritise self care and get creative is set to connect some busy Dardanup residents and allow for some much needed time out.

A program aimed at supporting new parents to enjoy two hours of arts and crafts while their children are cared for was recently launched at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

Arts & Crafts for Parents aims to teach sustainable arts and crafts, ranging from jewellery making and watercolours to weaving and dyeing.

The workshops are participant-led, allowing for changes based on the interests and needs of the attendees, fostering connections within the community of early years parents.

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The program offers 10 free sessions, delivered fortnightly until June, and is fully funded by the Shire of Dardanup.

Childcare in the centre’s creche is available for a small fee of $5 per session.

Facilitator Kate Maloney, of Kate’s Crafts, said the program aimed to provide parents and carers with children under five years of age a space for creative exploration and personal rejuvenation.

“My vision for the workshops is to give new or recent parents a space for two hours that is their own,” she said.

“Through that I believe it helps retain identity and, therefore, strength.

“I have seen first-hand how beneficial these workshops have been and I am delighted that the Shire of Dardanup has also seen their importance and has enabled this workshop to happen with no to very little charge to the parents.”

Program participant Rachel Bryant shared her enthusiasm for the program.

“I really look forward to the program as it gives me my own time and space to explore art again in different forms and expressions,” Rachel said.

“The creche is brilliant at the Eaton Recreation Centre, which means I have peace of mind that my little people are having fun, while I’m able to enjoy something I rarely have time to do. It will be good for my mental health.”

Shire of Dardanup manager community development Cassandra Budge said the premise behind the workshop was to create a safe space to support mental health.

“Engaging in arts and crafts sessions can be profoundly beneficial for new parents, offering a therapeutic outlet that nurtures both mental and emotional wellbeing,” she said.

“Beyond the creative expression itself, these sessions provide invaluable opportunities for new parents to connect with others who share similar experiences, forging bonds that can offer support, understanding and camaraderie along the journey of parenthood.”

For more information visit www.dardanup.wa.gov.au.

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