Wednesday November 2, 2016
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What is your favourite thing about Halloween?
Breanna Smith, Wainuiomata
Georgia McCarthy, Wainuiomata
“Getting lots of lollies.”
“Getting to dress up and scare people.”
Zariah PerepereBuchanan, Wainuiomata “Getting to dress up. I’m a dead fairy.”
Aleisha Telea, Wainuiomata
Taylor Marie Puha, Wainuiomata
“Being expected to be scared and getting to dress up however you like.”
“All of the spookiness.”
Quaid Tearha, Wainuiomata “All of the candy.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to emma@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Thanks for your support Dear Ed, Following the recent local body elections, I want to thank all the Wainuiomata people who showed their support for my campaign through their comments, helping with deliveries and other
aspects of my campaign, and those who voted for me for the positions of Councillor and Community Board member. I was unsuccessful as a Council candidate, but will continue to serve as a member of the Commu-
nity Board. This means I will enjoy more evenings at home with my husband, and a little more free time. However, I have always enjoyed working alongside the many dedicated volunteers and people in key positions who work
for the wellbeing of local residents and will continue to do so. I look forward to continuing to contribute towards achieving the remarkable potential of our community. Regards, Margaret Willard
A green thumb at Enliven’s Woburn Home
A life worth living at Woburn Home by Enliven An elder-centerd community At Woburn Home we take every opportunity to bring companionship, spontaneity, fun and meaningful activity into the lives of elders. We’ll support you to continue doing the things you love in a way that’s right for you. And Enliven’s retirement apartments are right next door, a perfect arrangement for couples who need different levels of support. Positive ageing services We offer a full range of positive ageing services, including rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as short term respite and health recovery care.
The social life Residents of Woburn Home enjoy the busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme, which make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. Day activity programme Woburn Home hosts a day activity programme for older people living in the community. Activities vary depending on what the attendees are interested in, but popular ones include baking, woodwork, bowls, and board games. Woburn Home’s day programme runs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-3pm.
Address: 57 Wai-Iti Cres, Lower Hutt Visit: www.enlivencentral.org.nz | Freephone: 0508 36 54 83
Hutt Valley elder Kath Flynn is singing the benefits of gardening when it comes to health and wellbeing. Every fine day the Woburn Home resident can be found tending to the garden outside the Lower Hutt rest home, run by Enliven. Kath suffers from osteoarthritis which causes her constant discomfort. But she says gardening helps to ease the pain. “I have bad osteoarthritis which is quite painful. There’s no cure, but gardening helps to take my mind off it somehow. If nothing else helps, the garden does,” says Kath. “I love the garden, it’s my project here. I love getting outside in the fresh air and the sunshine – it’s absolutely wonderful. I’ve even got my own special plaque on the wall that says ‘Kath’s Garden’.” Kath says she’s out in the garden almost every day. She chooses all the plants herself and enjoys watching them grow. “Almost every Saturday I go to Bunnings with my daughter to pick two new plants for the garden. I’m like a child in a candy store!” Enliven’s Woburn Home manager Stewart Clark says staff at Woburn Home take every opportunity to support elders to continue to enjoy their hobbies and passions. “We want to look after the entire wellbeing of residents, not just their clinical needs, so it’s so important that we support them to continue doing the things they love,” says Stewart. “Having her own garden area here to look after has transformed Kath’s life. It’s
Woburn Home resident Kath Flynn spends much of her day pottering in her garden at the Lower Hutt rest home run by Enliven
given her a purpose and a reason to get out of bed every day and she’s getting fresh air, exercise and is doing something she enjoys.” Woburn Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides a full spectrum of aged care including rest home, hospital and dementia care, respite and a day activity programme for elders living in the community. For more information about Woburn Home, located at 57 Wai-iti Crescent in Lower Hutt, call 0508 ENLIVEN or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.