Those with dementia will have a chance to showcase their workshop creations at a Christmas market in November.

Patients have been able to participate in Dementia Hawke's Bay's Cognitive Stimulation Programme, where they take part in a practical workshop.

Team leader Victoria Bond says through cognitive stimulation the brain can be supported to improve or maintain good function to enable people to continue living a good quality of life.

"This is our first year where we have worked with our members in our new workshop enabling new and old skills to be used.


"The members of our club have worked very hard all year on learning new skills and have decided to hold their first Christmas Twilight Market to raise funds to develop the Sensory Garden at our Club."

"We will have totally unique beautiful handcrafted gifts for sale, table top drift trees, bird houses, tea pot plants."

And it doesn't end there. Those who attend will have endless choices from Christmas fudge to jewellery retro cake platters and natural dog biscuits.

"There will be a sausage sizzle, barista coffee and live music, what more can you ask for?"

Bond said the market has given the programme participants a new sense of purpose.

"Lots of people have developed new skills out of the programme, there's so many unique creations and we would just love members of the public to come along and see them."

"The funds from the market are going to towards something like a garden shed so the members are able to work out in the garden and outside.

Bond says 25-30 people take part in the cognitive programme every week.

"The programme is just amazing for them, because they've never tried making some of this stuff before, so it's a real sense of achievement and we're hoping to raise about $1000 from the market itself."

"We just really want members of the public to come along, enjoy a coffee, a beverage and just enjoy the market."

The Christmas Twilight Market will be held on November 1 at 102 Windsor Ave, Hastings.

Dementia Hawke's Bay is always keen for new volunteers and Bond says workers get a real buzz from working in the programme.

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