• Diversity Sculpture Unveiled at Resthaven

    Diversity Sculpture Unveiled at Resthaven

    On Monday 2 December, Resthaven Community Respite Services officially unveiled the ‘Diversity and Harmony’ art installation at Ridgway House.

    Created from an idea hatched by Community Respite Services Manager, Carole Matthews, the installation comprises four spheres.

    ‘The single coloured spheres represent singular, segregated communities, standing isolated from one another’, says Carole.

    ‘At the centre is a large multi-coloured sphere, representing diverse communities, blending to become something colourful and harmonious, as it would be in an ideal world.

    ‘The spheres were made by Community Respite Men’s Shed clients, Maurice Lavers, Robert Brokenbrow and Gerry Tubbs, with the help of Home Support Workers, Ian and Mark’ (pictured above with Executive Manager Community Services, Sue McKechnie).

    Sue says, ‘It is coincidental that all the while the clients were working on the piece, Resthaven was finalising and releasing its Diversity Action Plan. The plan recognises the diverse needs, characteristics and life experiences of older people who may have experienced exclusion, discrimination and stigma during their lives.

    ‘What a wonderful piece to support this initiative!’

    Resthaven Community Respite Services offer in-home, centre-based and overnight respite and support for carers of older people. At Ridgway House, day respite and overnight respite is available for up to a week. All rooms feature ensuites, and a couples room with twin beds offers the opportunity for carers to have a break with their loved one as well. Staff are on hand 24/7, providing personalised activities and home cooked meals prepared on site.

    Respite is also available at other respite cottages.

    Looking for community respite or services for carers? Call 8198 2060