A community health project

Topics: Quebec
July 22, 2016



In collaboration with the Le Granit healthcare and social services centre, the Red Cross developed a community health project in Lac-Mégantic for seniors, adults with a loss of independence, and their caregivers. The project is based on the existing Red Cross Arts and Crafts program.
 
The Arts and Crafts program was created after the Second World War to promote veterans’ independence and self-esteem using craft projects. The program then grew to include workshops for seniors, adults with a loss of independence, and their caregivers. It helps break down barriers of isolation and loneliness by encouraging social interaction. Through crafting, the program aims to help develop or maintain fine motor skills and cognitive abilities.
 
Launched in winter 2016, the workshops have already welcomed more than 80 participants. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“It was a great experience. I always looked forward to the next one! I’ll miss it.”
“The social part of the workshop was good for me. It helped me deal with my grief.”
“I didn’t think I could do things like that.”
“Thank you! You got me going again.”