Fence of hope in­spires

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A newly-erected ‘‘ fence of hope’’ will serve to in­spire the trainees of Mana Re­cov­ery and make it a ther­a­peu­tic place to work, says the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s project man­ager.

As part of Vol­un­teer Day on De­cem­ber 3, more than 40 em­ploy­ees from Green­stone En­ergy ( for­merly Shell New Zealand) painted two build­ings for Mana Re­cov­ery’s hor­ti­cul­ture train­ing unit, Vail­ima, in the old Porirua Hos­pi­tal grounds.

They also helped con­struct a ‘‘gar­den of tran­quil­ity’’ and the colour­ful fence.

Mana Re­cov­ery pro­vides train­ing and em­ploy­ment out­comes for peo­ple with mental health needs.

Vail­ima has 20 trainees who pro­vide lawn­mow­ing, sec­tion and drain clear­ing, weed-eat­ing and tree-felling ser­vices to the wider com­mu­nity.

More than 100 fence pails were fixed into the ground, be­fore Vail­ima work­ers de­cided on a word for each post, words that meant some­thing to them – such as faith, good­will, fam­ily, brave, aroha, hope and joy – and would give them a lift when they came in and out for work each day.

Trainee Lawrence Holmes said they were fir­ing so many words at the Green­stone vol­un­teers they could barely keep up.

He said it was a good day for ev­ery­one in­volved.

‘‘We were so pleased to have Green­stone pro­vide such en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers to help us make Vail­ima a ther­a­peu­tic place to train and work,’’ said project man­ager Leanne Pe­labon.

‘‘ The two build­ings were spruced up with great new colours and it just gives the place a re­ally nice, wel­com­ing feel. The gar­den will be a place of refuge, respite and re­gen­er­a­tion.’’

The Vail­ima site was once the home of Truby King, the su­per- in­ten­dent of Porirua Hos­pi­tal for many years and founder of the Plun­ket So­ci­ety and the Truby King Gar­dens.

The home was de­stroyed by fire more than 15 years ago.

‘‘ Truby was a great com­mu­nity hero and we want to hon­our him and the great work he had done by mak­ing his old homestead beau­ti­ful once again,’’ Ms Pe­labon said.

Vol­un­teer Welling­ton, Bun­nings Porirua and Re­sene all helped to make the day a suc­cess, she said.

In­spir­ing words: Mana Re­cov­ery trainee Lawrence Holmes in front of the ‘‘fence of hope’’, put in as part of a re­cent vol­un­teer day. He and other trainees came up with words that would help mo­ti­vate them for work each day.

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