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Giving Back

Take a look at some of the amazing things organisations in the aged care sector are doing to give back to their communities

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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Spotlight: Christmas Village magic

Raewyn Mehrtens, the nurse manager at Temuka’s Wallingford Home, has set up a Christmas village that will wow in the home’s lounge. The massive display, including model Christmas homes, trains and fair ground attractions, will be open to the public every day from 6pm to 9pm, from the 20th December through …

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Spotlight: Christmas Food Drive

Residents and staff at Jane Winstone Retirement Village have shown their generous side with a recent food drive this Christmas. Over the last few weeks, residents and staff have been donating food which will be given to the City Mission’s foodbank in time for the pre-Christmas rush. “We did it …

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Bridging the age gap with fun and board games

If you thought the likes of Monopoly and Snakes & Ladders belonged to a certain generation, think again. Mount Maunganui Primary School recently visited Arena Living’s Ocean Shores retirement village, and it was the love of a classic board game that brought the generations spanning 86 years together.   “The …

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Spotlight: CHT Hillcrest Home & Hospital- Community Gardening Project

The gardening project at CHT Hillcrest was one of the initiatives introduced to improve the quality of life of the residents. The main goals were to promote activities for residents and improve the resident’s social relationships. The other goals were; To provide an opportunity for the residents to continue to …

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Spotlight: Knitting for Kiwi kids

This article has been adapted from the original. To see the full article head to https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/95884442/Whangaparaoa-retirement-village-knits-for-Kiwi-kids The Peninsula Club’s knitting group has been meeting for over a decade, the collective kitting experience of the 42 members spans two millennia. Even more impressive is the amount of knitting the group gives away …

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