Tag Archives: community

Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Neighbours Day Aotearoa wants to help you turn your street into a neighbourhood. This weekend join in New Zealand’s biggest celebration of neighbourliness on 25-26 March 2017. What a great way to feel more connected, safe and make new friends. Everyone should get involved! Head to neighboursday.org.nz to get some …

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Spotlight: Heretaunga Home

The Heretaunga Home in Silverstream Upper Hutt got right into the true meaning of Christmas by spreading joy to those in need. Not letting age or health stand in their way the senior residents at the Heretaunga Home were first in line to donate and appeal for goods to assist the …

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Spotlight: Holmwood Rest Home

Around October last year one of our local schools (Ohoka) came to visit. They came as part of their curriculum, something about engaging in their local community. The students were wonderful, polite and respectful to our residents. They asked them lots of questions about their lives and what things interested …

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Linking the young and old

Throughout history, intergenerational cooperation and learning has been a fundamental part of many communities and cultures. Somewhere along the way we moved away from that model. Family members began living further apart from each other; therefore, they lost their natural intergenerational composition. Society as a whole has also become more …

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Spotlight: Merivale Retirement Village

Merivale Retirement Village is continuing to develop an ‘organisational social conscience’. It is the directors and staff of Merivale’s belief that aged care facilities should strive to become the hubs of their local communities, providing exciting opportunities for residents to participate in and become involved with local community projects. The …

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Keeping communities together

Before I began to write this article, I had just come off the phone with a woman who was concerned for her mother-in-law. After visiting her mother-in-law over the holiday period so that she could meet her new grandchild, her mother-in-law had been calling her multiple times every day since …

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Spreading the Christmas cheer

Christmas is a time that many choose to give back. Money, food, toys and other items are all donated at levels not seen throughout the rest of the year. These concrete things are very important, but so is donating our time. This message is especially important as Monday was World …

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Companionship is key

Over the past few weeks I have been conducting research into community groups that engage with older people in rural settings – getting to know what they do and what works for them and what does not. A lot of these groups organise some really fun activities, go for trips …

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