Mana Re­cov­ery Trust weathers the storm

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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