Vol­un­teers with home-skills wanted

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH -

SuperGrans Men­tor­ing fo­cuses on bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, shar­ing skills and con­nect­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Ev­ery day, SuperGrans clients seek out new skills to en­rich their lives and ben­e­fit the lives of those around them. Pass­ing on th­ese skills wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. If you have a home­skill set, you could be one of them.

Vol­un­teer Men­tors are the key to suc­cess. They pass on ev­ery­day life skills such as ba­sic cook­ing, sewing, house­hold man­age­ment, veg­etable gar­den­ing, knit­ting and cro­chet, with kind­ness, pa­tience and em­pa­thy.

Em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to set goals and to use new skills in their daily lives, SuperGrans men­tors work one-on-one in clients’ homes and in com­mu­ni­ty­based hands-on work­shops.

The con­cept is sim­ple but the ef­fects of men­tor­ing can be pow­er­ful and long-last­ing. It re­ally can make a dif­fer­ence.

Anna has this to say about what work­ing with her men­tor meant to her: ‘‘My vol­un­teer was easy to work with. She gave me lots of con­fi­dence to try new things in the kitchen. My nu­tri­tion and house­hold bud­get­ing have im­proved since work­ing with SuperGrans – even my friends have no­ticed. Work­ing with SuperGrans was great.’’

We know that our vol­un­teers are busy peo­ple and their spare time is pre­cious – so we limit our vol­un­teer’s com­mit­ments to ap­prox­i­mately two hours per week. Sup­port­ing our vol­un­teers is also im­por­tant. We en­sure that we have reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sions, of­fer su­per­vi­sion, in­for­mal catch ups and even pay mileage.

Anyone look­ing for a mean­ing­ful way to vol­un­teer time and share life-skills with oth­ers in our com­mu­nity dur­ing 2017, should get in touch. You don’t have to be a ‘gran’ ei­ther. The name can some­times be mis­lead­ing - but those who have the time and the in­cli­na­tion to share their skills with oth­ers should get in touch.

Con­tact SuperGrans Men­tor­ing at Level 2, 74 The Square, 354 3804, and SuperGrans Manawatu on Face­book.

Supergrans vol­un­teer men­tor Leanne Thane help­ing out Tara Pearce at a sewing work­shop.

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