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Kelvin keeps up carving passion at Kandahar

Kandahar Home resident Kelvin Thacker (pictured) tackles his latest bone carving project in the specialised hobby area set up especially for him by Enliven home staff.

For Masterton’s Kelvin Thacker, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a few hours spent practising bone carving – and moving to a rest home hasn’t changed that one bit.

With the support of staff at Enliven’s Kandahar Home, Kelvin has been able to carry on his passion in a specialised hobby area set up especially for him earlier this year.

“As soon as the staff here heard I was into bone carving, they started thinking of ways to help me carry on with it. They’ve put a lot of work into setting everything up for me and I really appreciate that,” he says.

The passionate bone carver says the home’s commitment to helping residents continue to their hobbies was one of the main reasons he chose to move there earlier this year.

“I moved here after a friend of mine, who lives here, told me how the home was helping him keep up his interest in mosaics. He made a point of saying that it [helping residents to keep up their hobbies] was something the home took really seriously and that convinced me Kandahar would be the right place for me.”

Recreation officer Di McCuish says Kandahar Home’s emphasis on helping elders keep connected to things they love stems from its commitment to the elder-centred Enliven philosophy.

“The Enliven philosophy, which is based on the internationally-recognised Eden Alternative care model, is about encouraging elders to maintain their zest for life.

“As part of that, we emphasise the importance of getting to know each resident, finding out what is important to them, and then helping them keep doing the things which matter most to them.”


Staff are now planning to formally transform the area it into a larger hobby shed for all residents to use. Kelvin says he supports the project and has already donated a number of tools and semi-precious stones for the expanded shed.

“I think it’s a great idea and I really appreciate all the effort the staff are putting in to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy their passion like I have. They’re just great,” he says.

 To learn more about Enliven’s Kandahar Home on Roberts Road, Masterton, and Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy, visit You can also call the friendly team on 06 370 0447.

Kandahar Home resident Kelvin Thacker doing bone carving in the hobby area by Enliven home staff.