Cambridge mum Rebecca Broadbent regularly takes groups of parents and preschool children to visit local rest homes. Not only is this a salve for loneliness, it sparks interaction, communication and mobility in residents, says Tracy Fairhall, activities coordinator for Raeburn Lifecare in Cambridge.
For Rebecca, it is simply a joy to spread joy. She remembers the first rest home visit she arranged. “At one point I looked over at a lovely resident who was 100 and he was kind of shaking and I was worried. I got closer and saw that he was shaking with laughter because my boys were having a paper plane competition, throwing paper planes from one end of the lounge to the other. It was beautiful.”
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The Otago Regional Council is signalling a 9.1 per cent average rates increase, citing climate change as one of the main reasons.
Council chair Marian Hobbs said the province was experiencing the affects of climate change and the council's work to adapt – as well as deal with natural hazards, flood protection and river management – was "more important than ever".
People will be able to submit feedback on the council's 2020-21 annual plan between March 26 and April 24, with hearings to be held from May 21 to 26. The finalised plan will be adopted at a council meeting on June 26.
Hi neighbours! Join our new Otago Parenting Group - a safe place to connect with other parents, grandparents and guardians. Use the Group to organise coffee catch ups and playdates - and to share advice, tips and tricks for growing happy little neighbours. (There’ll even be chances to win great prizes)