Care and Craft

… bringing companionship & creativity to lonely lives…

The Care and Craft Centres cater for lonely house-bound people and not so mobile adults, known as guests, who are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of handcrafts and social activities. Guests are offered tuition and help in such handcrafts as:  weaving, bathmats and knitted novelties, crochet, card making, painting, knotted rugs, toy making, Rumicub, indoor bowls and painted embroidery in a friendly, caring atmosphere.

If possible transport to the centres can be arranged for guests who require it. Offers from assistance from drivers are always greatly accepted.

Guests who attend the centres have a wide range of needs, and all – the handicapped, the emotionally distressed and elderly live alone, with little company – can benefit from association with the centres.

Volunteers organise and staff the centres which function in local halls one day a week, from approximately 9.30 am to 1pm, except during school holidays.  Check the exact times with your local centre supervisor.

Morning tea and lunch are provided at a nominal charge.


Otumoetai Care & Craft

Day:  Wednesday
Venue: St Columba Church Hall, Cherrywood, Tauranga
Supervisor: Mrs Dawn Barber   Phone: 576 7783

Greerton Care & Craft

Day:  Wednesday
Venue: Greerton Bible Church Hall, Corner Oropi & Chadwick Rds, Greerton, Tauranga
Supervisor: Mrs Helen Cutforth   Phone: 578 8875

Brookfield Care & Craft

Day:  Tuesday
Venue: St Stephen’s Hall, Brookfield Terrace, Tauranga
Supervisor: Mrs Ann Booth   Phone: 576 5375

Katikati Care & Craft

Day:  Monday
Venue: St Peter’s Anglican Church , Katikati
Supervisor: Mrs Bev Cuthbert   Phone: 549 0010