Com­mu­nity day full of use­ful and free ad­vice

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - SARA MEIJ

Free health checks, job seek­ing help and vehicle safety are just some of the ser­vices on of­fer dur­ing the Nel­son Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Day this week.

A wide range of or­gan­i­sa­tions are of­fer­ing their ser­vices for free dur­ing the day, in­clud­ing Age Con­cern, Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute and Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port.

The event is or­gan­ised by Nel­son po­lice and Te Korowai Trust and is tak­ing place at An­nes­brook Church on Thursday.

Se­nior sergeant Grant Andrews said the open day was an op­por­tu­nity for people, no mat­ter their age, to learn about things that could ben­e­fit them and make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their daily lives.

‘‘We just want to en­cour­age people to come along and wan­der around.

‘‘It’s a good day for people to look at al­ter­na­tives that might im­prove the prospect of work and in some cases the qual­ity of life.’’

Te Korowai’s Betty Soane said the event was open to ev­ery­one.

‘‘Not ev­ery­one knows where to go for help, so we hope this is a step­ping stone for them to seek sup­port.’’

Po­lice, Ride to Live and ACC Ride For­ever rep­re­sen­ta­tives will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about driv­ing safely as well as of­fer­ing dis­counted op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There will be free food, spot prizes of caps, oil packs, jump starter packs, um­brel­las and jack­ets. There will also be a draw to give away a new child’s car seat.

Nel­son nurses will be based in a new field emer­gency tent to con­duct free ba­sic health tests, in­clud­ing blood pres­sure checks.

Age Con­cern will con­duct checks for the el­derly to en­sure their ve­hi­cles are set up cor­rectly for them to drive safely.

Plun­ket will demon­strate a drive­way safety kit and Te Korowai staff will be able to en­sure baby seats are cor­rectly fit­ted. NMIT staff will ex­plain how its dip- train­ing loma cour­ses can open up job op­por­tu­ni­ties and Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port will pro­vide safety in­for­ma­tion.

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Te Korowai Trust and Vic­tory Boxing will be giv­ing ad­vice and as­sis­tance on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, healthy cook­ing and nu­tri­tion and the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise.

Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Day, An­nes­brook Church hall, September 21 from 10am to 2pm. Ad­mis­sion, ser­vices and food is free.

A pho­to­graph run with a story about the in­for­ma­tion day pub­lished in the Nel­son Leader on September 14 was out­dated given changes in cir­cum­stances since it was taken. The er­ror and any dis­tress caused is re­gret­ted.

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