In 2019, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park residents began knitting woollen blankets for the homeless across Adelaide.
Today, the site continues their project, finding joy in giving back to those most vulnerable in our community.
Navneet Kaur, Resthaven Aberfoyle Park Lifestyle Coordinator, says, ‘We have two residents who are particularly committed to the cause, having been involved from the beginning, and we have since welcomed many more residents.’
The staff at Resthaven Aberfoyle Park deliver their gifts to the homeless personally, allowing them to see the full positive impact of the initiative.
‘It has been important for us to do this – we have conversations with the homeless, learning their stories and struggles. This has been a huge factor in our continued motivation to the cause.’
‘These personal conversations have also led to us branching out to knitting beanies, which have been in high demand!’
‘I recently made a delivery with a new volunteer, Linda, who has happily jumped on board.’
‘We received a lot of praise and thanks from those who received their packages, learning more ways in which we can contribute in the future – there is nothing more fulfilling than that.’
‘The initiative not only assists the community, but it has given meaningful purpose and excitement amongst those residents who are involved. It is a win-win for us all.’
‘Residents, volunteers and staff are more ambitious than ever, so we don’t have any plans to stop in the future!’
What will they make next?
Established in 1935, Resthaven is a South Australian not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.
Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available.
Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia.