Our First Service Morning Tea, Hosted by HomeShare
On Monday, November 12th, Presbyterian Support’s inaugural service morning tea was hosted by HomeShare. Vicki Lucas, Enliven Service manager, welcomed everyone present; then Chris Guerin, HomeShare Practice Leader, revved attendees’ engines with a quiz about the top eight factors to influence a person’s longevity. (Tip: Get your flu shot!) Other members of the HomeShare whānau shared their experiences, including a North Canterbury host and several clients. Attendees mingled and chatted over a cuppa and delicious savouries, with frontline staff available to answer questions and share their experiences.
The atmosphere at the event was upbeat, warm and informal; and yet you couldn’t help but come away with a renewed understanding of the genuine impact HomeShare has on the lives of older people. Staff, volunteers, and clients alike had nuggets of wisdom to tell, and as one client shared succinctly from the heart, “if it wasn’t for HomeShare I’d be terribly lonely”. She would be one of over 1700 older people in North Canterbury who identify as lonely as it happens–clearly HomeShare is a vital service in the community.
See You in February?
Our next service morning tea will take place in February, so do look out for an invitation in your e-mail or on Facebook. If you live or work in the Christchurch area, we hope you will join us for a relaxed, enjoyable social time of learning, sharing, and connection.
At Presbyterian Support one of our favourite things is talking about the impact that our Family Works and Enliven services have on people’s lives. That’s why we’ve introduced service morning teas—a regular opportunity for staff, clients, volunteers, and most importantly our supporters in the community to gather over a cuppa (and a biscuit!) to share knowledge and stories about our various services. (At this time service morning teas are only offered in Christchurch.)