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Ph 313 8547 249 High Street, Rangiora
Proud to be a supporter and
a member of the
Drink bottles available
All proceeds go to Rangiora Fire Brigade
Being YOU is
the only skill needed
It's fun! Being a 'Big Brother' or 'Big Sister'
is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable
things you will ever do.
It's simple too. Together you can share
the kinds of activities you already like to do
- kicking a ball, playing games, fish-n-chips
at the beach, baking, kite flying, fishing
... you name it!
Phone: 03 310 7004
Presbyterian Support Upper South Island's older persons' services.
Presbyterian Support's Enliven Positive Ageing Services aims to support older people wanting to remain as independently and socially connected as possible in their
own homes and communities.
The Totara Club is a warm, friendly programme where elders come to Presbyterian Support to enjoy socialising with peers, have a meal together and engage in meaningful
activity. The aim is to provide mental and physical stimulation while alleviating social isolation. They are picked up by the North Canterbury Minibus Trust vehicles and are greeted
by the lovely smell of morning tea baking. Volunteers are a major contribution to this service. Volunteers drive the Minibus/transport, assist people on and off, and help with meals
and activities. These volunteers enhance their day.
Transport service volunteers take older people from the community to medical appointments and back again. Volunteers give their time freely and clients donate towards
Volunteer visitors regularly visit older people for social interaction. Some great friendships have been formed this way.
Shopper's bus (again the North Canterbury Minibus Trust vans) run each Tuesday and Thursday in Rangiora and every Friday to Kaiapoi, picking up people about 10am,
taken to the supermarkets in Rangiora and picked up from the Rangiora Library at about 12pm, donation is $1 each way.
Percival House is a Mental Health Recovery programme for adults. Volunteers support this Wellness Recovery Action Plan either by driving or assisting with the programme.
HomeShare is another service where volunteers are involved in driving people to and from the 'host' home, and also can assist with the programme to support the host.
This programme was first developed rurally where the host is trained and has up to 4 people in their home for the day, and is ideally suited to those who require a smaller group.
In Christchurch this model is being flexed due to limited availability of hosts and suitable homes.
Volunteer-led Falls Prevention is another service where volunteers visit an older person and work 1-1 with them on specific exercises aimed at improving strength and
balance in order to reduce the risk of falling.
Other Enliven Services for the North Canterbury area include some Social Work, Modified Otago Exercise Falls Prevention Programme,
Kai Awhina support, and one support worker that assists the day programme, and HomeShare.
Our Family Works services can offer counselling for children and younger adults.
To become a volunteer call Kaye Vessey Regional Volunteer Co-ordinator or for any of the above services
please call 03 3138588 Ngawi Thompson Centre, 258 High St., Rangiora.
Volunteers Help Many Enliven Services
We need you' as volunteers
Emergency response: Volunteers form the basis of many services we consider to be vital.
By JEFF LILLY
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Where would we be without volunteers in our
community? Our earthquakes, which brought
about massive ruptures not only in the earth's
crust beneath us, but in the fabric of our
society -- economic, personal and family -- did
remind us of the importance of looking after
It would be foolish to think that justice
could be done to the work of so many people
throughout North Canterbury and farther
afield in a mere two pages here and although
we can acknowledge some organisations,
there will be inevitably others whose work
If you have time, an idea, an extra few
dollars, there are so many opportunities to
Below are just a few examples of agencies
requiring the enrichment of volunteer support.
Citizen's Advice Bureau
Call into the Trevor Inch Library building in
Rangiora and have a chat to the lovely ladies
running the system there.
For those in need of guidance, this is a great
first port of call.
Open Monday to Friday from 9am till
4.30pm, they provide free, confidential and
independent information and advice, whether
it is consumer law, tenancy, employment
issues, disputes, separation, custody,
budgeting, immigration or finding a justice of
No appointment necessary, and you will be
surprised at the range of assistance they can
direct you to.
Perhaps you have a special skill you can
make available! Call in for a chat.
The New Zealand Fire Service
The service plays a major role in providing an
emergency response to New Zealand
communities. Most of these communities
depend on volunteers for their everyday fire
Men and women from many walks of life are
volunteer firefighters. Volunteers include the
self-employed, mothers at home, shift workers,
tradespeople and professionals. They are all
people who care about their communities and
want to be actively involved in them.
There is ongoing training, for example crash rescue courses and effectiveness is improved
by practice, just like any sports team. Courses
are run for new recruits in order for them to
gain the skills necessary to be operational and
after that there are weekend courses in
specific skills such as driving, pump operating,
rural fire-fighting, hazardous substances and
Most people are aware a fire brigade has a
much wider responsibility in the community
than just dealing with fires -- there are a range
of emergencies which need to be attended,
such as motor vehicle accidents, chemical
spills, flooding and animal rescues -- all
requiring quick response and a range of skills.
North Canterbury Presbyterian Support, in
Rangiora, provides a range of services.
Enliven Positive Ageing Services aims to
help older people stay in their own homes for
as long as they are able. Volunteers assist at
the Totara Club and with driving, visiting and
helping with shopping.
The Totara Club is a warm, friendly place
where older people who have been assessed
enjoy a day out and some meaningful
Transport volunteers take older or disabled
people to medical appointments in
Christchurch or locally. They pick them up
from their homes, take them to their
appointments and wait to bring them home
Volunteers give their time freely and
willingly and clients are asked for a donation
towards the drivers' petrol costs.
Visitors will regularly visit older people who
may be shut in and possibly take them for an
occasional outing. They may also assist with
The Link programme is a mental health
service that provides group and/or individual
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