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Take a look at some of the amazing things retirement facilities are doing to give back to their communities

Spotlight – Pickles, preserves and jams making a difference to people with Dementia

Pickles, preserves and jams hand-made by Frances Bayley, a resident at Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village has helped raise $11,700 to be donated to Alzheimers Gisborne. All ingredients were donated and many hands contributed to their success. Sales of the preserves, combined with raffles and other fundraisers were matched dollar-for-dollar …

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Spotlight: Ballarat knitting brigade

Every year, keen knitters from around New Zealand put their skills to use for people in need in Eastern Europe. And the knitting brigade at Rangiora’s Ballarat Retirement Village is no exception. The ladies, and two gentlemen, have been hard at work all year knitting up a storm of blankets, slippers …

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Spotlight: Community Garden at Willard Home

See the original article here: Palmerston North rest home’s community garden takes shape Willard Home is reinforcing its community ties by creating a community garden on its back lawn. Manager Christine Tester said Willard Home residents had a big input into the running of the Enliven facility, and the garden …

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Spotlight: Intergenerational fun at Hillsborough Heights

A resthome in central Auckland is changing the lives of seniors and students alike. Hillsborough Heights Retirement Village in Mt Roskill is bringing seniors and students together as part of an intergenerational friendship program. The resthome hosts activities that match up young people, ranging from 3 years old to secondary school students, with residents at Hillsborough Heights. The …

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Spotlight: Knitting for a good cause

The four strong group of Parahaki Court Rest Home’s knitting group visited the maternity ward at Whangarei Hospital armed with 12 teddy bears, 12 blankets and 20 sets of cardigans, beanies and booties. The women get together every second Tuesday for around 90 minutes. After initially starting the group to …

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Spotlight: New Ambulance for Tauranga

Tauranga St John has a new ambulance thanks to a generous donation from Althorp Village. Althorp Village directors David Church and Talbot Munro yesterday attended a dedication service for the $225,000 ambulance at the village with village residents and representatives from St John. Mr Church said that when they considered …

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