Home vis­its wel­comed

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

com­mu­nity,” says Ms David­son.

Mr Long says the two are nice peo­ple and he ap­pre­ci­ates the com­pany.

“No man is an land.”

And they also en­joy hear­ing his sto­ries from the past.

“It’s a re­ally easy way to get in­volved with the com­mu­nity. It doesn’t take much time and it means a lot to the peo­ple who do it,” says Ms David­son.

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Project co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Fe’ao matches vol­un­teers with so­cially iso­lated el­derly peo­ple in their area.

“It’s peo­ple whose friends have mostly passed away and they still have fam­ily, but find the days are long. They some­times have poor mo­bil­ity.

“Their life has changed so much, it’s easy for them to be­come de­pressed. The goal is to en­hance their lives.”

She is looking for vol- un­teers to be matched with peo­ple in Ep­som, One­hunga, Green­lane and Re­muera.

Vol­un­teers are asked to spend one hour a week with their matched per­son.

“It of­ten goes from there. It’s very much a be­friend­ing ser­vice.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing can con­tact Ms Fe’ao on 479-8950 ext 9, or 027-244-3325 or by email at lisa_ fe’ao@ nzf. sal­va­tion army.org.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

New friends: Vol­un­teers Le­an­dro Ribeiro, left, and Emily David­son visit Mervyn Long ev­ery week.

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