Mana Recovery Trust weathers the storm
On the shortest day of the year last Friday, during one of the worst storms in more than 40 years, 20 faithful Mana Recovery trainees made their way through the galeforce winds in order to attend their Riverstones training programme.
Most of these Porirua and Titahi Bay residents had endured a freezing night without electricity and would spend the next two or three days in much the same conditions.
Getting to work on Friday was extremely difficult; many large macrocapa trees were uprooted blocking access to the Mana Recovery sites on the Kenepuru Hospital campus.
The Mana Recovery Trust is a notfor- profit organisation which provides living skills, vocational training and rehabilitation for people with mental health challenges.
Mana recovery occupational therapist Philippa Woods said as it was a bitterly cold morning they decided to make some soup with the team.
‘‘With music provided by one of our talented truck drivers the afternoon was really enjoyable, despite the continuing storm outside.’’
Hearty fare: Warren Olsen on soup production.