Over 120 gift bags containing all you need to knit or crochet have been gifted to isolated and vulnerable seniors in Wangaratta, as part of this year's Victorian Seniors Festival. 

Wangaratta Council's Aged and Community Care team distributed knitting and crochet kits and the response has been astounding. Lorna Cheong has been one of Wangaratta Council's community care clients for the past four and a half years. As part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, she received one of the 120 kitting and crochet packs handed out to isolated seniors in the area. Lorna discussed her experience - safely - with us. 

Lorna Wangaratta

What do you value about the Wangaratta community care service?

"My carer Alissa is so good at her work and is a great help to me. She is very caring and interested in her clients".

How are you coping with the restrictions?

"That visitors have not been allowed. Luckily I have great neighbors as we are able to speak to one another. It has been a very lonely time, so I enjoy keeping my self busy knitting." 

Lorna is pictured with many of her beautiful knitting creations. With the wool from the Seniors Festival Project she is now making up smaller beanies for premature bubs at the hospital. You are remarkable Lorna!

All the materials were purchased and packaged by local business owners Dianne and Rob Worthington from the West End Lotto & Wool Shop. Many knitters are donating their projects back to the Wangaratta Library, who have their own community knitting project. The library directly supports many local community programs such as the Wangaratta Tots2Teens. 

Wangaratta Council's Aged Care team look after approximately 1500 clients throughout the municipality. If you know anyone in the Wangaratta Council area that needs support, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

For more information on Wangaratta's Aged Care programs, visit their website.

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