Sal­lies shop moves to new home

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON - CARLY GOOCH Cather­ine Camp­bell is a speech and lan­guage ther­a­pist with Nel­son Tas­man Kinder­gartens.

A new premises for the Sal­va­tion Army Fam­ily Store has its man­ager com­par­ing it to a beau­ti­ful ‘‘ho­tel lobby’’.

The Sal­va­tion Army op shop was forced to move from its for­mer premises on Van­guard St when the build­ing was sold but the new site, al­though slightly smaller, is spot on.

Nel­son Sal­va­tion Army Fam­ily Store man­ager Mar­garet Ear­ney said the space was ‘‘beau­ti­ful’’.

‘‘It’s much lighter and has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent feel about it.

‘‘Every­thing sparkles and there’s just a nice en­ergy about it and a nice flow about this build­ing.’’

The space, on Paru Paru Rd has ex­po­sure to Trafal­gar Cen­tre vis­i­tors, Nel­son’s Elma Turner li­brary and Count­down and Ear­ney said it would be good for at­tract­ing new cus­tomers.

Ear­ney, her as­sis­tant man­ager Jan­ice Feyen and the store’s 25 ac­tive vol­un­teers have the store run­ning like a finely tuned ma­chine.

Ear­ney said the shop was also a train­ing ground for peo­ple.

Plenty of peo­ple came from the court sys­tem and did com­mu­nity hours.

‘‘We men­tor them. They sit at a ta­ble and eat with us, just have ex­pe­ri­ences they might not have had to show they are val­ued here.’’

She said oth­ers were di­rected to her through Work & In­come to learn to get back into the work­force.

Ev­ery­one had their part to play ac­cord­ing to their strengths, she said.

‘‘Whether you come from pro­ba­tion or Work and In­come or you come be­cause you live in a $6 mil­lion house and you’ve got a beau­ti­ful heart and want to make a dif­fer­ence, we put you in a place where you be­long.’’

She said it was amaz­ing to see the trans­for­ma­tions of some of the vol­un­teers.

Isaac Guyer of­fered his time for more than two years be­fore be­com­ing the store’s truck driver and a men­tor.

He started out be­ing ‘‘quite shy’’ and now ‘‘he’s just grown as a per­son’’, Ear­ney said.

The store sells 300 to 500 items a day, rais­ing money to give back to the com­mu­nity.

Six years ago, $12,000 worth of bed­ding and cloth­ing was given away to peo­ple in need. Last year, that fig­ure jumped to $39,000.

‘‘Just with in­creas­ing the profit we’re able to in­crease what we give to the com­mu­nity. There is a huge need out in the com- mu­nity and we can help with that.’’

The Sal­va­tion Army of­fers help with bud­get­ing, coun­selling, food parcels, fur­ni­ture and blan­kets.

Ear­ney said it wasn’t just ‘‘band-aid­ing peo­ple’’.

‘‘We’re ac­tu­ally want­ing to walk with peo­ple and help.’’

And it’s ev­i­dent in the smiles on the vol­un­teers’ faces.

‘‘The magic here is what hap­pens with peo­ple, the ob­jects are just our way of par­tic­i­pat­ing with the com­mu­nity.’’ To­day I hope to un­wrap some of the mys­tery sur­round­ing oral lan­guage.

It is a topic we of­ten hear men­tioned and es­sen­tially it’s recog­nis­ing that learn­ing to talk and to think are deeply con­nected.

Think­ing (cog­ni­tion) and lan­guage hold hands.

We use lan­guage to think and our thoughts are our words.

It is a process that re­quires high lev­els of brain power.

It re­lies on us us­ing our speech mus­cles in our mouth to make the spe­cific sounds and words, as well as us­ing our brains to un­der­stand what is be­ing said to us, and to con­vey our mes­sage.

We se­lect and mod­ify our thoughts, words, gram­mat­i­cal struc­tures, and even­tu­ally, we learn to ‘‘read’’ the so­cial sit­u­a­tion and chose what is ap­pro­pri­ate to that con­text.

Up un­til re­cently we have ex­pected our chil­dren to do all this au­to­mat­i­cally, but we now know this com­plex process of learn­ing oral lan­guage re­quires adult sup­port.


Sal­va­tion Army staff and vol­un­teers out­side the new Fam­ily Store in Paru Paru Rd, Nel­son.

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