New pro­gramme keeps el­derly strong

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The el­derly in Franklin are set to re­ceive a help­ing hand.

The Sal­va­tion Army in Pukekohe is launch­ing its Se­nior Ser­vices Friend­ship Pro­gramme which aims at keep­ing Auckland’s el­derly safe, healthy and in­de­pen­dent.

Se­nior ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Mar­lene Con­nolly said the pro­gramme was a Sal­va­tion Army min­istry fo­cus­ing specif­i­cally on the needs of older peo­ple liv­ing in the com­mu­nity.

The pro­gramme is al­ready oper­at­ing suc­cess­fully in West Auckland and the North Shore as well as sev­eral other cities in the North Is­land.

‘‘Our aim is to pro­vide and fa­cil­i­tate ser­vices sup­port­ing pas­toral care, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and safety at home by de­vel­op­ing a team of trained vol­un­teers to meet th­ese needs,’’ Con­nolly said.

The Se­nior Ser­vices Pro­gramme is a free ser­vice that ar­ranges sup­port to en­hance the qual­ity of life and so­cial well­be­ing of lonely and iso­lated older peo­ple liv­ing in the com­mu­nity.

A vol­un­teer can be­come a friend, vis­it­ing reg­u­larly to pro­vide friend­ship, sup­port and con­tact with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and wider world.

Life can be­come in­creas­ingly lonely and dif­fi­cult for those who live alone, don’t drive and of­ten don’t have fam­ily in the area, Con­nolly said.

One of the keys to the suc­cess and scope of this ser­vice would be the peo­ple who were will­ing to give a cou­ple of hours a week to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove an older per­son’s qual­ity of life, she said.

Con­tact Pukekohe se­nior ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Mar­lene Con­nolly on 2074 727 078 if you want to be­come a vol­un­teer.

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