Newsletter 26 May 2017

Hi everyone,

It has been a busy year so far, with lots of cool stuff happening. The temperature is also cool… keep warm.

Our Older Persons’ Project launched with our Older Persons’ Worker, Maree McGovern hitting the ground running. We’re already seeing an increase in numbers attending our coffee mornings, and Maree has arranged various social events for seniors. A highlight of April was the visit to the Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. A highlight of the trip was the Air New Zealand exhibition. Next week Maree and a group of seniors will be attending a movie afternoon at Hollywood Cinemas. A big thank you to volunteers and TimeBank members for helping out for these events.

On a concerning note, Maree is finding a much higher level of need among seniors than we had imagined. Up to forty percent of seniors who live alone are experiencing social isolation. It does prove that this project is very valuable to our community. Maree is doing an outstanding job with these seniors.

The Community Response & Resilience Project has kicked off, with Robin Arnold contracted as our Community Preparedness Coordinator for ten hours per week. Robin has been facilitating meetings with the various communities’ Community Response & Resilience teams, working towards each of the communities (Sumner (and Taylors Mistake), Redcliffs, and Mt Pleasant) having their own emergency plans. We have been working alongside Civil Defence and Red Cross on this, and in partnership with the Sumner Community Residents Association, the Redcliffs Residents Association, and the Mt Pleasant Residents Association. Thank you to the Christchurch City Council (via the Linwood-Heathcote-Central Community Board) for contributing funding for the facilitator position.

Psychological First Aid Training – Sunday 25th June
Red Cross have a limited number of places available on their 1 day psychological First Aid Training Course which can be attended for 5 Time Credits.
WHEN: Sunday June 25th
TIME: 9 – 4.30
VENUE: Sumner Fire Station
Contact bridge2rocks@gmail for registrations.

The Bridge2Rocks TimeBank has had a change in staffing – Robin continues as a coordinator and we welcome Jules Lee as a coordinator in the shared role. Jules played a pivotal role in the Lyttelton TimeBank from day one, and she brings a great depth of experience to the role. We have certainly scored a coup with both of our TimeBank coordinators.

Congratulations to our trust board member and Sumner Silver Band aficionado Peter Croft, who will be receiving a Community Board Community Services Award in mid-June. Peter has played a key role in keeping the Sumner Silver Band functioning as well as serving on our trust board for the past six years. He is also very active in the business community in Redcliffs as well as being a member of the Redcliffs Residents Association.

At the end of June we say farewell to Jon Harcourt who has been the treasurer of Sumner Bays Union Trust for the last eighteen months. Thank you, Jon, for all your passion, energy, and commitment to Sumner Bays Union Trust. It has been very much appreciated.

We welcome Karen Walker to the role of treasurer of Sumner Bays Union Trust. Karen has a background in the not for profit sector and also happens to be a very talented actress.

Holidays: I am overseas for much of June 2017 so if you need anything urgently, contact Deirdre Johns, our chair on 021 374 343. Maree will be available in the first half of June but away for the second half of the month. You can contact her on or 027 327 4493.
A big thank you to Baden Melhuish and Jennie Bridges who will be looking after the Tea & Talk and Coffee & Conversation groups respectively while both Maree and I are away.

From our neighbours in the community:
Rockers of Ages Choirs
For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)
Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practice includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.
Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)
Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown
North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora
Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans
Email or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes