Last month, I ran a 'Personal Styling' workshop for 33 carers, who were having a "pamper day" and a well-deserved day-off to relax and invest in themselves.
"Carers are people who look after someone who is frail aged or has a disability, a mental illness, a chronic illness, an intellectual disability, or a physical disability. They can be a family member, friend or neighbour". - Carersupport.org.au
It was very inspiring to meet so many men and women who put their own lives on the back burner at times to focus on someone else's wellbeing and quality of life. One of my best friends is a carer to her father, and I see the level of commitment and love involved in such a full-time role.
Some of the statistics involved in a carer's own quality of life include: 35% feeling isolation, 30% felt depression, in 2003 48% of Carers were caring for 40 hours or more a week, 34% felt weary and lacking in energy, 44% have a disability of their own or suffer injuries or illnesses left unchecked usually because they do not put themselves as a priority, and sadly 34% report their relationships are strained or experience divorce or relationship breakdown because of the stress of caring responsibilities. - Carersupport.org.au
Which is why I was thrilled to contribute to their special day, called "Discover Yourself" held at The Farm, in Willunga. The workshop included a lovely bound booklet with activities to help find your best colours to suit your complexion and hair colour, activities on how to dress for your height and build and most importantly how to express yourself and tell your story of who you are.
There was a powerpoint slideshow I created, detailing design principles we normally take for granted, but which are employed everyday in designs to make us appear at our best. Principles such as linear emphasis, scale and proportion, colour theory and we even had a look at Trinny and Susannah's make overs.
It was lovely after to receive some great feedback from the carers and the lovely staff at Carer Support, thankyou for having me and I look forward to running this workshop again in future!
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Eastern Carer Support Centre
290 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton
(08) 8379 5777
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241 Main South Road, Morphett Vale
(08) 8433 9555
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