The 2nd day of Christ­mas

THE GIFT OF TIME

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - DANISH ROYALS -

Some­times the most valu­able gift you can give is your time. For many peo­ple, Christ­mas is the loneli­est time of year, but it doesn’t have to be. The sum­mer hia­tus pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to spend time with some­one in need of com­pany. This might be some­body you know – a grand­par­ent, a neigh­bour, a friend who has been hav­ing a tough time. Al­ter­na­tively, aged care providers need peo­ple to run craft ses­sions, read to res­i­dents and run sin­ga­longs. Some of the larger providers have for­malised pro­cesses where you can go on­line to reg­is­ter – for ex­am­ple Sel­wyn Vil­lage is look­ing for par­ents want­ing to get in­volved in their Baby Bud­dies pro­gramme, where they visit el­derly res­i­dents with their ba­bies and tod­dlers – or you can call your lo­cal care home and en­quire di­rectly. Vol­un­teer web­sites carry list­ings from a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions across NZ seek­ing peo­ple to share a chat and a cup of tea with se­niors or take them on out­ings. Visit seekvol­un­teer.co.nz for a list of po­si­tions through­out NZ.

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