Aged Concern
Aged Concern
Liz Reece, our locally based Aged Concern Accredited Visiting Service Coordinator, gave us an in depth insight into the challenges and services available via her organisation to our increasingly aging local population.
Liz began by informing us that the two key areas of work are the visiting service and outings service which is offered throughout Canterbury and the Coast with clients often transitioning from one service to the other.
“Social isolation and loneliness are the key issues these services address”, she explained, “which is increasingly common as a result of demographics.”
Approximately 21% of people aged 65+ feel isolated or lonely which has a large effect on health and wellbeing.  Liz noted that they are also finding these issues are starting to appear more often in younger groups with one of the main causal factors being social media.
Other primary causes include loss of a partner, loss of family contact, issues with hearing and especially loss of vision which affects in particular the ability to drive. 
The outings service tales 8-10 clients out for coffee to a variety of locations and they tend to quickly become friends.  Around 900 outings are run each year which includes drivers, hosts, and support staff who assist with mobility as required.
The visiting service offers a minimum of a one hour a week social interaction with common activities including reminiscing over their life and sharing photos etc. with many clients especially valuing being able to talk with someone outside of their family.
The current age range of clients is from 65 to 107 and the visitors range from being in their 20s to their 80s with many still working.  Quite a few were rebuild workers who were missing their families.
Every case is unique and presents different dynamics. It can sometimes take time until a client is happy inviting someone into their home but most get there eventually.
Aged Concern currently has ~200 home visitors who make over ~7,000 visits yearly. For many clients this is the only person they see who is not being paid which makes a huge difference for them. 
All volunteers are vetted and trained, which includes Police checks, in order to ensure both clients and volunteers are safe. “What is especially interesting is that some clients don’t tell their family about their new visiting friend” explained Liz.
Liz shared a particular example where a female client had lost her husband and was still in shock.  Liz managed to build a gently bond with her and, a few years later, she is now able to go on outings and meet others independently and has become a different person as a result of these experiences.
Aged Concern helps make over 100 matches between clients and volunteers each year.  With respect to the value the visitors experience, Liz concluded her talk with the following comment from one volunteer:
“The simple act of showing people they are not alone can be deeply meaningful to both of us.”
Liz also mentioned that some Papanui Rotary members are already working as volunteers which raises the opportunity for others to become involved perhaps?
We thanked Liz for her insight into Aged Concern and the great work it does for it’s clients.
For more information click here to view Aged Concern’s website.
Fiji Request
Fiji Container Request
A container of school desks, chairs etc. is shortly to be consigned to Fiji. A wish list for other items has also been received as follows:
  • Storage units / upboards etc. to use in our new industrial park complex.
  • Wheelchairs
  • Tools
  • Garden tools (clean)
They need to be in good/usable condition.  Any items you can provide will be gratefully accepted.
Please call or email Stuart and he will collect them.
Rotary Facts
Some Interesting Rotary Facts
The name “Rotary” comes from the original practice of rotating meeting locations.
In addition to the Rotarian motto “Service Above Self” there is a secondary motto: “One profits most who serves best.”
Rotary has 7 official languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
August is Membership and Extension Month, a time to focus on Rotary's continuing need for growth, to seek new members and form new clubs. 
Worldwide polio cases have decreased an astounding 99% since 1988 due to Rotary’s PolioPlus participation in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 
 The furthest a Rotary Club banner has ever traveled:  In 1968 astronaut Frank Borman, member of the Houston Space Center Rotary club, carried a banner on the Apollo 8 flight to the moon!  Check this out here.
Verdi shared that our recent Quiz was very successful and thanked everyone for their prizes, raffle donations and involvement. 
The profits will used to support various causes including fighting obesity in Samoa and supporting tutors in a Tanzanian orphanage.
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Geoff Haworth speaks about his latest publication
The Papanui
Aug 15, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Board meeting
17c Ramore Place
Aug 20, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
DG Gary's official Visit
The Papanui
Aug 22, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:40 PM
District Target Shooting Competition
Christchurch Target Shooting range
Aug 27, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Committee Night
The Papanui
Aug 29, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 15th August 2019
Smart, Kate
Speakers Host
Bates, Mandi
Vote of Thanks
Geerlofs, Arie
Visitors Host
Murnane, Jonny
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 22nd August 2019
Davey, Barbara
Speakers Host
Mitchell, Keith
Vote of Thanks
Courtney, Liz
Visotors Host
Barltrop, Charles
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Stringer, John
Duty Roster 29h August 2019
Colley, Cheryl
Visitors Host
Flanagan, Lois
Haworth, Geoff
Meeting Set Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Tidyup
Barltrop, Charles
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