Eureka! for clubhouse art group

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THE Eureka Clubhouse art group has gone from strength to strength with the number of participants in the program almost doubling over the past 12 months.

The art classes, which currently take place every Wednesday afternoon, have become so popular that it is anticipated the program will be extended to two afternoons a week next year.

Recently, Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer dropped into the clubhouse in Moonah to meet some of the members of the art group and make a personal donation towards new art supplies.

“The art program is just one of many wonderful activities that is offered to members,” she said.

“Being involved in art programs such as this one not only provides participants with so many benefits, such as exploring and communicating meaning through art and developing innovative thinking, it also has the capacity to enrich lives by providing ongoing social engagement, as well as a sense of autonomy in creating their works.”

Eureka Clubhouse, run through Colony 47, is built on the international clubhouse model and provides a viable alternative to more traditional mental health services for individuals who might not otherwise seek and receive treatment.

Members and staff work side by side in a collaborative partnership in the everyday running of the service, including cooking lunch and running the fundraising canteen, administrative duties, as well as providing opportunities for social activities and friendships.

Eureka Clubhouse coordinator Chery Sinclair said the positive impact the art classes had on some of the member’s mental health was amazing.

“The participants focus on drawing and painting and it is a fantastic creative outlet for many of our members to express themselves,” she said.

“The art group has become so popular we have been really struggling to find the funds to keep up with the demand for art supplies.

“We are over the moon with this personal donation from our local member Elise Archer, who has been such a strong supporter of our clubhouse for many, many years.

“We are all very grateful and sincerely appreciate Ms Archer’s generosity.”

Caption: From left, Jason Miller, Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer, Chery Sinclair, Irene Newmark and Tim O’Shea.


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