CRAFTY: Ruth Schmidt, Colin Marquardt, Leigh MacDonnell, Marlene Baites and Ollie Schaffer get ready for the Orana Hilltop Markets.
CRAFTY: Ruth Schmidt, Colin Marquardt, Leigh MacDonnell, Marlene Baites and Ollie Schaffer get ready for the Orana Hilltop Markets. Jessica McGrath

GALLERY: Market craft projects give seniors new purpose

WHAT might seem like a crafty afternoon making pom-poms is giving these seniors a brand new purpose.

Kingaroy's Orana Retirement Living Age Care residents have been preparing for their Hilltop community markets all year.

Orana's leisure and lifestyle and volunteer co-ordinator Katrina Hughes said the residents loved the challenge of making jams and crafts to sell at the upcoming markets, set for Saturday, November 9.

"They're beautiful people and are so excited for the markets,” Ms Hughes said.

"Something so simple brings them so much joy and gives them the purpose to get up each day.”

They have made fairy gardens, jewellery, sun-catchers, bonsai trees and crotched teddy bears to sell at the markets.

"This is a huge way for the community to come to us - they're opening up their homes to share their worlds with us.”

Strawberry jams, hand-painted bird houses, possum boxes and Christmas cards are not the only things the residents are working hard on.

"We're all about teaching them new skills, embracing their creativity and keeping their minds active,” Ms Hughes said.

"Making pom-poms may seem pointless, but it develops fine motor skills and their concentration.

"We use sneaky ways to keep those things moving.”

Community members are encouraged to support the residents and hold their own market stalls on the day.

"All of the money raised gets donated back into creative projects and everything we make goes back into resources at Orana,” she said.

Anyone interested in running a stall at the Orana Hilltop Markets on November 9 are encouraged to call 41626555.