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Art for health's sake

Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014
Rene Demegilio
CREATIVE FRIENDS: Rene Demegilio, flanked by Framework art group members Janet Deane, left, and Kerri Hume, at the Kumeu Art Centre.

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Art is a creative outlook for a community based mental health group meeting regularly at the Kumeu Arts Centre.

Tutor Rene Demegilio of the Framework Trust says art is just the venue for people with mental illness to get together and support each other and be themselves.

He was presented with flowers and a card from the group because he is moving on after five years as the tutor.

"I will surely miss this group - doing art with my friends. It's the only opportunity I have to do art which I really enjoy," the Birkenhead resident says.

He also facilitated another art group in Orewa and sport programmes including boxing and badminton. He will transfer into Framework's employment area.

"I may meet some of them later who will be job searching."

The art group initially began at Kumeu with mosaics before diversifying into other crafts where members also enjoy the social gathering.

Group participants say Rene has helped them knit together like a family and he has a great sense of humour.

Framework, operating since 1984, also delivers intellectual disability services in Auckland including vocational skills and supported employment and supported education and training.

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