A place to meet, interact and find support
The Tokoroa Activities Centre for the Elderly and Disabled has been keeping people active for 18 years and is still going strong.
Chairwoman Robin Stewart said the group, which meets at the Tokoroa Bowling Club, was there solely for support. ‘‘It’s a place where people who are isolated or alone going through health issues, old age or disability, can come and meet for social activities.’’
Stewart was involved with the group for 17 years in a management capacity before suffering a stroke.
‘‘In 2013 I had a stroke and I realised when I finally got out of hospital that I needed to go do social activities to give my husband a break.’’
She said there were two main reasons the group was still going today. The first was for people to form friendships and participate in activities. The second was to allow family members and caregivers to have a break. Member Ian Stewart agreed. ‘‘There might be family members thinking, ‘how am I going to cope with this?’ We might be able to help them in some way.’’
The group has its own vehicle and willing driver, solving transport issues for many in the group.
‘‘Tokoroa is a caring community and there’s no need for anyone to be isolated at home,’’ she said.
Coordinator Bev Syme, who has 15 years caregiving experience in rest homes, said people need to be mindful that disability and health issues can strike anyone at any time.
Call Bev on 07 886 4652 for more information.