Wednesday May 2, 2018
inbrief news ACC to offer free service ACC will fund a free, independent service to help clients navigate its processes, or to better understand or dispute a decision, Chief Customer Officer Mike Tully has announced. The service is likely to be a mixture of phone, web-based, and face-toface advice and support up to, but not during, a formal review hearing. “We need to make sure our clients understands our reasons, or how to dispute that decision if they believe we are wrong.” He says ACC will seek expressions of interest in the service over the next six months, and hopes to have it up and running in the first half of 2019.
Friendship Club’s silver anniversary The Friendship Club of Johnsonville recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Members held a special morning tea after the club’s annual meeting in late March which inlcuded a concert by Tawa College music students and a display of photos and memorabilia from the club’s
archives. On April 19 the club was presented with a certificate by Friendship New Zealand to recognise 25 years of friendship, fellowship and fun. “Twenty-five years is a significant milestone, so we are delighted to have five of the original members still involved
in the Friendship Club,” said president Kath Henderson. The Friendship Club of Johnsonville (formerly Probus Club) was established in 1993 with support from the Rotary Club to provide social, cultural and intellectual activity for those who have retired or are semi-retired.
“We have a wide range of guest speakers at our monthly meetings and arrange day trips, lunches and film outings which our members can join if they wish,” Kath Henderson said. The Friendship Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Johnsonville Uniting Church.
Free dental care On May 5 free dental care is being offered at Lumino The Dentists practices up and down the country. They have partnered with Carers NZ, the national body that provides information, advice, learning and support to family carers to help over 500 family carers with a hygiene service or simple dental procedures such as fillings. A team of 83 clinical staff and close to 150 support staff from Lumino will be caring for or assisting the unpaid carers at the 32 participating practices on the day.
The Friendship Club’s 25th anniversary cake was cut by three of the Life Members. From left: Ian Maclean, Olaf John and Alison Sweetman. PHOTO Patrick Flanagan
Family poverty an issue Family poverty is fast becoming a national crisis, says Salvation Army head of welfare services Major Pam Waugh. The Salvation Army says
those living in poverty includes the working poor as rents, petrol prices and basic food costs continue to rise. In 2017, 70 per cent of Wel-
lingtonians requesting help with basics were coming to The Salvation Army for the first time or the first time in a long time, an average of 32 new families a week.
To support The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, visit salvationarmy.org.nz, or give to a Salvation Army street collector between April 30 and May 6.
Independent Herald 02-05-18