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Happy kids, happy families at Emmaus Village

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Emmaus Village at Kemps Creek in Sydney’s west is like a big family where residents, children, grandchildren and friends are all encouraged to socialise and visit.

This was recently in action with the official opening of a new kids play area – a place where the children of visiting family and friends can play, and residents can sit outside and enjoy watching their energy and smiling faces.

“The opening was a lot of fun”, says Kate Todd, Residential Manager, Emmaus Village. “Ten families visited for the opening and it was so nice to see over 30 children running around enjoying themselves. We all dressed up as superheroes and fun characters. We had face-painting, a magician, lolly bags, balloons and a bubble war for the kids.

“The residents really enjoyed watching the children play and it brought back a lot of happy memories of their own children when they were young.”

Resident, Barry Meekings worked with Kate to ensure the play area became a reality.

“It was a must,” says Barry. “It will make a lot of Mums and Dads very happy to be able to sit outside watching the kids playing. The kids are also nice and safe in the area.”

Kate is also committed to supporting social interaction between residents.

A former resident of Emmaus Village bequethed a sum of money, with the condition it be used for the enjoyment of residents. Kate consulted with everyone and it was decided to create a cinema room.

Kate transformed the previous under-utilised TV room into a mini-theatre with movie posters, chairs and even fresh popcorn.

“We have a large selection of classic and new DVDs which we are showing through a projector to create a big screen atmosphere,” says Kate. “We now have daily movies at 2pm and once a fortnight one of our residents picks a movie to play at 6pm.

“The theatre has got residents out, even those who previously preferred to stay in their rooms. They enjoy the atmosphere and the snacks. The fresh popcorn brings back memories for residents of when they used to go to the cinema with their families.”

For more information about Emmaus Village call 1800 225 474.