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Wednesday is the best day!

17 March 2022
Elderly man

Anthony's favourite days of the week is Wednesday and there's a good reason for that. It's the day he meets his friends at the Tōtara Club in Picton.

Former Marlborough Enliven Team Leader Sharaine Steenberg said Anthony is the life and soul of the party, bringing so much joy to our group.  “He’s been with Presbyterian Support/Tōtara for over a year and he’s made good friends.”

Anthony was diagnosed with an intellectual disability when he was younger.  His mother has always cared for him, and Anthony loves to tell stories about her, how much he loves her and how well she cared for him. Sadly, however, both parents have now passed away.  Anthony now lives on his own but because of his diagnosis, he sometimes struggles to make friends. This all changed when Anthony joined the Tōtara Club.

He talks about the trips he’s been on in New Zealand and overseas and always has a story to tell! Now, his fellow members of the Tōtara Club are like family to Anthony.

“Wednesday is the best day of my week when I get to see everyone,” says Anthony.

Enliven Tōtara Club

Enliven Tōtara Club provides older people with a safe, warm and friendly place to socialise. We put special emphasis on enhancing dignity and wellbeing.

Tōtara Club are day activity programmes for our members to maintain interests and skills, meet others, and share activities and experiences in the community.

What is provided

  • A safe, relaxed, welcoming environment
  • Weekday programmes
  • Mental stimulation and social engagement
  • Professionally qualified staff
  • A support network of trained volunteers
  • Purpose-built, stand alone facilities
  • Transport to and from Tōtara Club venues when required
  • In most locations, lunch is provided

Support people like Anthony

Anthony and many others like him gain a lot from our Enliven day programmes. Please help us continue this incredibly valuable work and make a donation today! Thank you.

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