A sweet gift for Brightwater aged care residents

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020

To bring something special to the regular routine for our clients, custom made ice cream carts will be delivered to various Brightwater aged care homes including Madelely, Kingsley, The Oaks, South Lake, Huntingdale, Redcliffe and Birralee, and will be used by staff to serve ice cream to residents in a fun and memorable way.

As part of the Life’s Possibilities fundraising initiative, Brightwater commissioned Men’s Sheds across Perth to create a series of wooden ice cream carts, each individually created by a different Men’s Shed located close by to Brightwater residential homes.

The project has been taken up by various Men’s Sheds, including Men’s Shed Cockburn, whose team have been creating an ice cream cart for Brightwater South Lakes.

Men’s Shed members Eugene White and Allen Follington who have been tasked with creating the cart, have enjoyed figuring out how to put the cart together step by step, each using their own personal skills in the project.

 “It’s a challenge, and I get to test my skills, I like to ‘have a go’ and work out how to make things,” Eugene says.

“It’s really great to know this is going to a good home, and I’m sure the residents will enjoy the cart,

“Here at the Men’s Shed, I get access to machinery I normally wouldn’t be able to and we’re using recycled materials where we can,”

“Allen and I have different skills, I’ve worked in carpentry for many years and Allen is a retired car mechanic so we’ve been learning from each other as we’ve been making the cart,

“We all have different skills at the Men’s Shed, each person brings something different.”

The first ice cream cart from the Men’s Shed in Rockingham has already been delivered to Brightwater, The Oaks in Waikiki, where residents have enjoyed some sunny days outside in the garden with an ice cream.

Allen said coming to the shed to work on community projects such as the ice cream carts is something he looks forward to every week.

“I love it here; it’s always something I look forward to. I initially came to the shed for my own personal projects, but it’s really great to be able to create things for the community too.”

Men’s Sheds in Australia play an important role in the community by providing meeting places where men can find social support. They assist in the prevention of social isolation by providing a safe, friendly and welcoming place for men to work on meaningful projects and to contribute to the wider community.

The Life’s Possibilities program gives clients the chance to enjoy experiences that most take for granted. The program provides opportunities for the socialisation and wellbeing of our aged care and disability clients, enabling individuals and groups to enjoy outings, in-house events, new programs and experiences.

Find out more about Life’s Possibilities here.