TriCare Mt Gravatt residents knit one, purl one

Activities such as knitting help promote a sense of purpose and belonging.

A knitting and crochet club has been established at a TriCare site in Queensland.

The weekly sessions at the Mt Gravatt Aged Care Residence in the southern suburb of Brisbane help promote social connection and resident wellbeing.

Resident Margaret Whannell loves partaking in her favourite hobby alongside some newfound friends.

Margaret Whannell

“Being part of TriCare’s knitting and crochet club has been brilliant,” said the 89-year-old. “It’s so lovely to connect with the other residents, enjoy a cuppa, and knit alongside one another. I love being able to help residents with mobility issues continue to enjoy one of their favourite pastimes.”

Ms Whannell’s grandmother taught her how to knit and crochet when she was a young teenager and she has since passed down the tradition to her own granddaughters.

On Wednesday, Ms Whannell and her fellow knitters celebrated World-Wide Knit in Public Day which will be held on 8 June.

TriCare Mt Gravatt lifestyle coordinator Suin Kim said the residents are always excited to get their needles clacking on a Wednesday afternoon. “The positive impact of the club is very apparent,” she said.

Activities such as knitting help provide a sense of purpose and belonging said Ms Kim. “We’re proud to add our knitting club to the list of social and creative activities at our facility, and we look forward to seeing what our residents produce.”

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