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4 hours 43 minutes ago

Characters of Communicare

Florence Harvey, Former Communicare Volunteer

“I first started volunteering for Communicare in 1970s. Back then it was called CMA. At the time I started I was assisting a wonderful woman called Mrs Roper, I was so in awe of her kind helpful nature, I tell you they don’t make women like her anymore. I always saw volunteering at the centres to be an ideal use of my time, getting to help others and my husband was always so supportive he was right there volunteering with me. Around the time CMA became Communicare my husband and I were asked to take part in a photoshoot to help with the re branding – that was all very exciting. I can’t quite remember when but at some point I became the coordinator for the Panmure branch. I so enjoyed getting to talk to everyone each week and see the smiles on their faces, my husband was always driving people around getting them to and from the centres. Our volunteers were such amazing people, they were the beating heart of Communicare. I had to give up volunteering for Communicare about 10 years ago. It was a sad time but I just couldn’t do it anymore. I’m getting old you see, I think all up I had been volunteering for them for about 30 years so I think that’s a pretty good effort.

1 day 6 hours ago

Characters of Communicare

Pamela Dubber, Former Communicare Volunteer

“I started Volunteering for Communicare in the late 80’s. I was part of the Glen Innes garden club which used to help out at the centre based out of St Matthias Church in Panmure. For the most part I helped in the kitchens making the morning teas and lunches for the members. I also helped with transporting the members to and from their sessions. I enjoyed getting to know the people who would come along each week and it was an easy thing to do because it was always during school time and hours so I was done so I could be home when my children got home from school. I had to give up volunteering when I started working for my husband after he set up his own business. I see a lot of value in what they do at Communicare for both the volunteers and the members. My mother attended Communicare sessions in the last few years before she died. For her it was an opportunity to help, she never wanted to go needing help she always went along ready to help in any way she could. My dad was sick at the time too so it gave her a well needed break.”

2 days 7 hours ago

Communicare Olympic Games Photos
What a wonderful time we had at the recent games, here are some snapshots from the day

1 week 5 hours ago

Characters of Communicare

Neomie and Lyn, volunteers from the Howick Communicare Centre

“When we came to New Zealand 14 years ago, a friend of ours from church introduced us to Communicare. She used to give us a lift to the centre because we didn’t have a car at the time. We found the environment of the Communicare sessions so nice and welcoming where you can meet people and associate with them. This was really helpful for us at the time since we had both just come from Sri Lanka. We really enjoy meeting different kinds of people and helping them out, which is I think is really important especially at this stage in life. It’s really different from our home country as we didn’t have groups like this and had no way of interacting with the elderly, so having this kind of service in New Zealand pleases us so much. These sessions have made a difference in our lives and it has helped us do good for those who attend the sessions and are feeling lonely. Volunteering for Communicare has really brought a lot of love and happiness into our hearts.”

1 week 1 day ago

Characters of Communicare

Bev and Norman from the Howick Communicare Centre

“I think I’ve been coming about four years, and just recently Norman has joined and has been coming for about two months. We all just chat and play Rummikub. It’s just a great place to come and make friends and meet new people. It’s a pleasant thing to be a part of but unfortunately there are a lot of people around our age who are lonely at home and not doing anything. It’s a pity more people don’t know about these sessions, it really helps you to just get out of the house for a few hours and forget your troubles and woes and have a little bit of companionship. I recently found out that I had a heart problem, but we still enjoy coming to these sessions because you don’t do anything too strenuous so there’s no reason to stay home, it’s a good outing. There’s no compulsion about it, it’s really just a friendship group. We have so many laughs between ourselves and actually get to know each other so well. We always check up and ask about each other’s families. They all know my grandchildren by name. It’s a nice get together.”

1 week 1 day ago

In the lead up to International Day for Older Persons on Monday 1st October, we will be posting stories from our amazing members and volunteers, giving an insight as to what great experiences they have had with Communicare over the years. Think ‘Humans of New York’, but instead we will call it 'Characters of Communicare’. We want to recognise the amazing personalities that contribute to making Communicare a fantastic part of the community! Feel free to like, comment and share these stories with your friends and family.

Stay tuned for the first character story coming up soon! 😀

1 month 22 hours ago

Yay!!! Communicare is a finalist in Round 2 of AMI Community Grants.

But we need you
Here's how you can help us. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND VOTE FOR US

This will absolutely help drive votes BUT we need you to also rally your supporters too. So - share the link far and wide. Encourage everyone you know to vote for us. Stick it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - AND of course, ask your Neighbourly neighbours to vote for us too. Tell everyone and please make sure you share the news! We really appreciate your support. Thank you

Use this link: https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/message/view/49899475

1 month 5 days ago

Some photos from our Glen Innes and Ellerslie Centres. Great to see our members chatting, doing puzzles, colouring in and enjoying themselves 🙂

1 month 2 weeks ago

Just a small sample of the beautifully knitted blankets, children’s jumpers, hats and scarves knitted by our Communicare members for Operation Coverup. This is a ministry of Mission Without Borders which distributes warm clothing to disadvantaged children in Eastern European countries.

4 hours 43 minutes ago

Characters of Communicare

Florence Harvey, Former Communicare Volunteer

“I first started volunteering for Communicare in 1970s. Back then it was called CMA. At the time I started I was assisting a wonderful woman called Mrs Roper, I was so in awe of her kind helpful nature, I tell you they don’t make women like her anymore. I always saw volunteering at the centres to be an ideal use of my time, getting to help others and my husband was always so supportive he was right there volunteering with me. Around the time CMA became Communicare my husband and I were asked to take part in a photoshoot to help with the re branding – that was all very exciting. I can’t quite remember when but at some point I became the coordinator for the Panmure branch. I so enjoyed getting to talk to everyone each week and see the smiles on their faces, my husband was always driving people around getting them to and from the centres. Our volunteers were such amazing people, they were the beating heart of Communicare. I had to give up volunteering for Communicare about 10 years ago. It was a sad time but I just couldn’t do it anymore. I’m getting old you see, I think all up I had been volunteering for them for about 30 years so I think that’s a pretty good effort.

1 day 6 hours ago

Characters of Communicare

Pamela Dubber, Former Communicare Volunteer

“I started Volunteering for Communicare in the late 80’s. I was part of the Glen Innes garden club which used to help out at the centre based out of St Matthias Church in Panmure. For the most part I helped in the kitchens making the morning teas and lunches for the members. I also helped with transporting the members to and from their sessions. I enjoyed getting to know the people who would come along each week and it was an easy thing to do because it was always during school time and hours so I was done so I could be home when my children got home from school. I had to give up volunteering when I started working for my husband after he set up his own business. I see a lot of value in what they do at Communicare for both the volunteers and the members. My mother attended Communicare sessions in the last few years before she died. For her it was an opportunity to help, she never wanted to go needing help she always went along ready to help in any way she could. My dad was sick at the time too so it gave her a well needed break.”

2 days 7 hours ago

Communicare Olympic Games Photos
What a wonderful time we had at the recent games, here are some snapshots from the day

1 week 5 hours ago

Characters of Communicare

Neomie and Lyn, volunteers from the Howick Communicare Centre

“When we came to New Zealand 14 years ago, a friend of ours from church introduced us to Communicare. She used to give us a lift to the centre because we didn’t have a car at the time. We found the environment of the Communicare sessions so nice and welcoming where you can meet people and associate with them. This was really helpful for us at the time since we had both just come from Sri Lanka. We really enjoy meeting different kinds of people and helping them out, which is I think is really important especially at this stage in life. It’s really different from our home country as we didn’t have groups like this and had no way of interacting with the elderly, so having this kind of service in New Zealand pleases us so much. These sessions have made a difference in our lives and it has helped us do good for those who attend the sessions and are feeling lonely. Volunteering for Communicare has really brought a lot of love and happiness into our hearts.”

1 week 1 day ago

Characters of Communicare

Bev and Norman from the Howick Communicare Centre

“I think I’ve been coming about four years, and just recently Norman has joined and has been coming for about two months. We all just chat and play Rummikub. It’s just a great place to come and make friends and meet new people. It’s a pleasant thing to be a part of but unfortunately there are a lot of people around our age who are lonely at home and not doing anything. It’s a pity more people don’t know about these sessions, it really helps you to just get out of the house for a few hours and forget your troubles and woes and have a little bit of companionship. I recently found out that I had a heart problem, but we still enjoy coming to these sessions because you don’t do anything too strenuous so there’s no reason to stay home, it’s a good outing. There’s no compulsion about it, it’s really just a friendship group. We have so many laughs between ourselves and actually get to know each other so well. We always check up and ask about each other’s families. They all know my grandchildren by name. It’s a nice get together.”

1 week 1 day ago

In the lead up to International Day for Older Persons on Monday 1st October, we will be posting stories from our amazing members and volunteers, giving an insight as to what great experiences they have had with Communicare over the years. Think ‘Humans of New York’, but instead we will call it 'Characters of Communicare’. We want to recognise the amazing personalities that contribute to making Communicare a fantastic part of the community! Feel free to like, comment and share these stories with your friends and family.

Stay tuned for the first character story coming up soon! 😀

1 month 22 hours ago

Yay!!! Communicare is a finalist in Round 2 of AMI Community Grants.

But we need you
Here's how you can help us. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND VOTE FOR US

This will absolutely help drive votes BUT we need you to also rally your supporters too. So - share the link far and wide. Encourage everyone you know to vote for us. Stick it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - AND of course, ask your Neighbourly neighbours to vote for us too. Tell everyone and please make sure you share the news! We really appreciate your support. Thank you

Use this link: https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/message/view/49899475

1 month 5 days ago

Some photos from our Glen Innes and Ellerslie Centres. Great to see our members chatting, doing puzzles, colouring in and enjoying themselves 🙂

1 month 2 weeks ago

Just a small sample of the beautifully knitted blankets, children’s jumpers, hats and scarves knitted by our Communicare members for Operation Coverup. This is a ministry of Mission Without Borders which distributes warm clothing to disadvantaged children in Eastern European countries.

DONATIONS over $5.00 are tax deductible and can be make by bank transfer into our account at :  ASB Bank   12:3048:0279446:00.  Please also be sure to email your details to office@communicare.co.nz so that we can issue you with a receipt.

Mission Statement

To actively improve the quality of life for the elderly, lonely and disabled by providing recreation, support and advocacy in Friendship Centres

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