Speakers in touch with needy
Another monthly open forum at Tokoroa Council of Social Services was held last week giving health professionals the chance to discuss with colleagues what is happening in their respective fields.
The open forum’s two guest speakers were: Salvation Army community ministries manager Colin Bridle and Community Living Trust disability liaison professional social worker Susanne Llopis.
Mr Bridle spoke about the operation of the community house attached to the Salvation Army citadel in Tokoroa providing food parcels, clothing, parcels and furniture.
He also spoke about working with different agencies to get Christmas hampers to families.
Agencies give a list of five families most in need and in conjunction with businesses and media presents are donated for the families. Last year Salvation Army provided for 109 adults and 250 children.
Community Living Trust’s Susanne Llopis was also on hand to talk about her role which is to visit families and develop a support plan with them regarding what the family want and the type of support they need.
Successfully implementing these plans is also part of Ms llopis’ job.
The next open forum is on November 24.