Partnership helps the elderly

16:00, Mar 24 2014
Enliven Counties Manukau manager Sue Spencer, minister Tony Spandow, and St Paul’s board member Les Parlane
PARTNERSHIP: From left, Enliven Counties Manukau manager Sue Spencer, minister Tony Spandow, and St Paul’s board member Les Parlane inside the church’s new social services building which has received a $150,000 grant from Wiri Licensing Trust.

Dealing with aging and disability can be quite a challenge but a new community partnership is hoping to change that.

Social service provider Enliven Counties Manukau is now working with St Paul's Church in Manurewa, offering social activities for the elderly.

The government-funded programme sets up weekly activities such as gardening, fitness activities and even a tool-shed for the men and largely takes care of people suffering from dementia.

New offices were recently built at the church with the support of a $150,000 Wiri Licensing Trust grant.

Minister Tony Spandow says the partnership will be a great benefit.

"St Paul's offers more than the Sunday services. By being a hub in the community through sharing spaces and working with other organisations it creates better connections," he says.

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Enliven Counties Manukau manager Sue Spencer says it is "great to have the invitation" to work from the church.

Meanwhile, St Paul's board member Les Parlane calls the partnership a "win-win situation".

"A lot of churches haven't been used to their full potential and are not fully utilised.

"Presbyterian Support thought it would be a great idea for these types of activities and health care to take place," he says.

The programme runs from Monday to Friday and a dedication of the new offices will be held on Saturday.

Call Mr Spandow on 266 5449 for more information.

Manukau Courier