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Creative Engagement workshop for older people taking place in Dungarvan this week

A Creative Engagement workshop for elderly people is taking place in Dungarvan over three days this week; today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

It provides older people with the chance to connect with others in the community after the pandemic.

The free workshop is running in the Fusion Community Centre in Abbeyside from 10am to 4pm each of the three days.

Rachel Lartey is an organiser of the event and she told WLR what people can expect if they attend:

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"It's mainly around engagement. You don't have to be an artist, you don't have to be creative.

"It's about working with clay, working with poetry, the written word, group activities, reflective exercises, etc.

"There are nature walks, reminiscence activities and it has been really positively received."

The objective of the Creative Engagement workshops is to address and combat those negative outcomes from the pandemic for older people.

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"Obviously, they've dealt with restricted physical activity, isolation, lockdowns, etc," Rachel says, "and it's to encourage, through arts, connection with themselves, connection with others, and connections with their communities."

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