Christmas Newsletter 2018

Hi everyone,
Just a week until Christmas! I’m looking forward to some annual leave time. I’ll be finished at midday on Thursday 20 December and returning to work on Monday 14 January 2019. Our Older Persons’ Worker, Maree McGovern, will be around some of the time while I’m on leave. I hope you have the opportunity to have a pleasant break.

Community development is and always has been at the heart of what Sumner Bays Union Trust does. I’ve personally worked hard to ensure that this remains the ethos under which we work. Community development is the practice of empowering a community to achieve its own aspirations and meet its own needs. What I do is a bit of a mixture of asset based community development (also known as community-led development) which looks at the resources (assets) a community already has, and builds on them, and traditional needs-based community development. Where there is a need, we support the community to meet that need. Sometimes that involves professional support like a social worker (Maree, our Older Persons’ Worker) or a facilitator/coordinator (like Robin and Dean) or our Loopy Tunes tutors Siu and Leah. Sometimes that means that Sumner Bays Union Trust acts as the fund holder for a project (such as the TimeBanks of Canterbury project (TBoC)). When Sumner Bays Union Trust is the fund holder, the role
of managing the project is the project team and all the trust’s representative (me) has to do is ensure that the project is using the funds how they were meant to be used, and acts as the legal entity for contracting staff. Most of the time Sumner Bays Union Trust doesn’t act as just the fund holder. When a project comes to us, we support it in whatever way we can.

Some beginning of year dates for you:
Tea & Talk: 10.30 am Monday 7 January, subject to the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre being open
Coffee & Conversation: 10.30 am Thursday 10 January, Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall.

Our first sessions for Loopy Tunes for 2019 will both be held on Tuesday 5 February:
Sumner: Puoro-raki: Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, 9.30 am and subsequently on each Tuesday of school term time
Redcliffs: Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall, 4 Augusta Street: 10.30 am Tuesdays
We are still keen to hear from anyone who would like to help out at the Redcliffs sessions in particular, but helpers for the Sumner session are also welcome.

From our neighbours at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre: Community Christmas at the Mt Pleasant Centre

Join us for a friendly community Christmas party at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre. Whether you have no family nearby or want to bring the whole family – you’re very welcome! Bring a share plate if you wish, there’s a BBQ available, BYO, games and Christmas music and easy good times this Christmas Day! We’ll meet 3pm – 8pm on Christmas Day. Pop in for a bit or stay for the whole five hours, we’d love to have you. It would be great if you could let us know you are coming by emailing, or calling into the office. We don’t want anyone to be alone on Christmas if they don’t want to be and transport is available. Please share this with anyone you think may want to come down. The more, the merrier! If you have anything you’d like to contribute to this community Christmas get in touch. For more information, contact Di on 0272880024

From the Sumner Community Residents Association:
Shop, eat and drink out in Sumner on Thursday 20th December with our first late night shopping night. All our lovely retail stores will be open until 8pm with Christmas fabulous gift ideas, local restaurants and bars will have festive specials and there will be buskers on the streets to keep you entertained. So head down to Sumner for a fun night of shopping, eating and catching with friends! The Sumner Silver Band will be performing!

From the Linwood Central Heathcote Community Board
Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible Gardens Awards are now open for registration
The Linwood-Central-Heathcote Edible Garden Awards are an awards programme in partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society aimed at acknowledging and supporting individuals, schools and communities who are actively involved in the growing of their own food. The awards seek to encourage others to consider establishing a garden, either by themselves or with others. Click here for more information or to register.
A special reminder to take care in Legionnaire’s Season.
Consultation on the new Linwood Pool is now open:

From the Matuku Takotako Sumner Library:
* Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Closed All Day
* Boxing Day Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Closed All Day
* Matuku Takotako Sumner Centre Thursday, December 27, 2018 – Sunday, December 30, 2018 Closed All Day
* New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Closed All Day
* Day after New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Closed All Day

The reason for the longer than usual closure is that the foyer floor is being replaced. Books can be returned to the after-hours returns box next to the Wakefield Avenue entrance. It will be open on Monday 31 December.

From the All Right Campaign:
All Right? LGBTQIA+ Survey
All Right? Are researching the lives of Otautahi/Christchurch LGBTQIA+ community. The purpose is to gain some insight into the current wellbeing of the community and to address the potential for the Campaign to make a positive contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of community members. All Right? Would be very grateful if this survey could be shared widely. The survey is open until January 3 2019. Please find the survey at: .

Have a lovely holiday season,
Eddie Hayes