Ray’s a Jack of all trades. He’s been a brickie, carpenter, worked in construction and across Australia in mining. Now he has picked up on his love of woodworking as a resident at Juniper Waratah Lodge Residential Aged Care Home in Wagin.

“Woodworking has always been a hobby of mine. I take my gopher around town and pick sticks from the bush to turn into walking sticks,” Ray said.

“I’ve also sanded back and varnished the outdoor benches here at Waratah, and our next project is the steel chairs which I’ll rub back and then the other residents who want to will do the painting.

“I’ve got access to the tools in the shed here, and I take care of the shed too.”

He also spends time exploring his creative side with mindfulness colouring.

Ray was living in neighbouring Narrogin when he came to Juniper Waratah Lodge in Wagin for respite.

He returned home but found he was struggling to manage independently, and after enjoying living at Juniper Waratah Lodge and getting to know the staff, he decided to return as a resident.

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