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Support for lonely elderly Continued from page 1. Importantly, Tinkerbell is elderly friendly. “Easy to get in and out of with lots of space for mobility walkers and other equipment.” Tinkerbell is key to Helen’s free service, which is about picking up elderly and isolated people from their home and taking them for some fun outings. “I want to help them to connect to other people, groups and activities in their communities.” She is sure the outings will then allow them to establish networks enabling them to continue independently of her service. The activities and adventures are, says Helen, tailor-made for each individual to allow them to see places and do things that make them happy. “That may be going to the beach, taking a scenic drive around Wellington or going out for morning tea and a chat.” As well as visiting community centres and sports and hobbies clubs, Golden Oldies can also help them re-connect with fam-

Golden Oldie Sue Kovacs, Helen Scott’s aunt, enjoyed trialling the new support system her niece has created. PHOTO: Supplied

ily or friends they may have lost contact with. Technology can also be an issue, and while she doesn’t provide people with the equipment, people can be helped to

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connect to technology and find sites of interest if they have a cellphone or computer. Golden Oldies will also create music playlists of favourite music and teach people to operate

Kathleen Wright: Organising new co-working initiative. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Last month, the SubUrban Coworking organisation, found above the Mobil service station in Johnsonville, piloted the idea of a co-working club in the evening. The local co-operative normally provides affordable daytime “on call” facilities for those needing business space for part time work, and the evening sessions were a new departure. “This was for folks working on projects and businesses who could not take time out for that during the day,” says co-ordinator Kathleen Wright. The Wednesday evening meetings proved pretty popular she said, with about six or seven turning up each time, so they would continue to run it. The first session will be May 10, with more club nights available as the membership grows.

Those attending will need to bring their laptop and other materials they need to work with. A casual session will cost $20 plus GST per session or $60 plus GST for the month, she said. Every session starts with an introduction and a hot drink and those who attend have the chance to meet club members who are working on interesting projects Kathleen says their rooms provide a distraction-free and warm professional environment to work in, with three hours of super-motivated time to smash their work. “People can’t believe how much work they get done,” she says. SubUrban does all the administration and local entrepreneur Ayo Oyawale is acting as host, though the role will be shared as time goes by.

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