Who said getting older is not fun?

Here at Aotea Family Support we like to make aging as positive and enjoyable as possible. While we recognize that getting older isn’t always fun health-wise, we are committed to providing as many positive activities as we can to help make this time more stress-free.

Our in-home care, with nearly 30 committed care workers, provides the very best of care for our over 65s, ensuring that our clients are able to live healthy and safe lives in their own homes.

For over 20 years, the monthly over 60s meals have been a very popular feature. These are meals that allow our older residents to socialize at different venues each month with transport provided.

A relatively new programme over the last 3 years are the Senior Activities, a monthly outing and shared picnic lunch at different locations each month. These have proved very popular and are hosted by John and Peggy Garlick.

Each Monday our van takes a group to the Arts & Crafts event at Claris.

We have a wonderful Home Maintenance program which assists our clients in getting minor repairs done in and around their homes, anything from cleaning out gutters to clearing small gardens of debris.

This year we are hoping to have a workshop on rest-home care and the advantages of this. For those of you that are interested, we will advertise this closer to the date, along with regular events, in this publication and online at www.aoteafamilysupport.co.nz.

Can’t have a Trust without Trustees

Charity trustees are often the unsung heroes of many communities. Without financial rewards, the governors are expected to attend monthly meetings, oversee recruitment, ensure financial accountability, carry final responsibility for health and safety and otherwise ensure the organisation adheres to applicable laws and regulations, fulfil contracts and practice standards while responding to real community needs. For an organisation like the Support Group, which is sub-contracted to several government agencies to deliver care and support serviced, that adds up to quite a handful. So anybody who puts their hand up is much appreciated. Late last year we were joined by two new trustees, Ngaire Avery and Ed Hinson. I this issue, we want to introduce the first, Miss ‘Hundred Questions.’

That is how our newest trustee, Ngaire Avery, soon got to be known at the Support Group, for always having another question to ask. As a retired school teacher that is perhaps not surprising. Ngaire, a former principal at Otara Primary School, came to the island in 2000, to teach at Mulberry Grove School for three years, couldn’t stay away and has been living permanently here since 2008. Retired or not, for four years she worked for Te Kura supporting local correspondence students with their studies before the Aotea Learning Hub existed.

“I joined the Aotea Family Support Group as a trustee, because I believe in community – that everyone of us is important, and everybody has a role to play. And our community on Great Barrier is so important because we are very isolated, constrained and so reliant on each other.”

Over 60s Lunch at Whangapara Lodge, 12:30 Saturday 16th March

Please book by Friday 8th. You can call 962 or email.

Mains ($12.00, or $25.00 for visitors)
1. Thai beef salad and crispy noodles, coriander, fresh greens and dressing.
2. Honey soy chicken, seasonal veg and crushed rosemary potatoes.
Vegetarian option:
1. Eggplant parmigiani with tomato red wine sauce and salad.
  Dessert ($5.OO)
1. Vanilla panna cotta with passionfruit.
2. Raspberry chocolate brownie with berry compote.

Your hostess:

Your caterer: Angeline Young 488

Bookings: Go to www.aoteafamilysupport.co.nz and click on
Book for an Over 60s, under Events,
email sue.eves@aoteafamilysupport.co.nz, or call 962.

Cancellation: Call the caterer, but with 3 days’ notice please. You can call Angeline on 488 also if you have forgotten to book and would still like to go.

Transport:  Depart Mulberry Grove School 10:30 AM, then Tryphena Hall at 10:45, Claris 11:15, and then Crossroads.  Gold coin koha.

Next event: April 27th Bob and Tipi’s

Next Seniors Activity

Next activity will be held on Friday March 22nd with a trip to Julie Bowers-Rakatau’s beautiful gardens and ponds in Okupu for a shared picnic lunch. Then a walk around to Warwick’s Bay, if the tide is right. If not, just a small walk to the beach. Tea and coffee provided – bring a picnic lunch to share. You can book online or on our booking line 962 by Thursday 21st March. Van leaving Tryphena Hall at 10am.

Meals and outings for senior residents are subsidised by Auckland Council thanks to the GB Local Board.

Upcoming workshops

ANCAD, that is the Auckland North Community And Development organisation, in collaboration with the Support Group, has for a number of years been holding workshops here to support the work of community groups.

As part of their 2019 Five Good Ideas programme, for this year’s Great Barrier workshop Carol Scholes will return in September for a ‘Legal Responsibilities for Boards’ workshop: In today’s rapidly changing environment, some of the biggest changes are the increasing legal expectations on boards and committees. The demands on governance boards of not-for-profit organisations have never been higher.  

Visit ancad.org.nz to learn more about ANCAD.

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