Golden Christmas Meal 2020

Golden Meal attendees

Recently, we rounded out our Golden Connection Programme for the year with our annual Golden Christmas Meal. What a wonderful time to be had, with good company, songs and stories to be shared, and plenty of yummy food. With around 70 attendees and another 20 volunteers, the room was abuzz with conversations and laughter.

The day kicked off with an interactive retelling of the Christmas story, which had everyone calling out goofy sound effects at the right moments. There were Christmas carols after the main course of food, and even a couple of impromptu item songs sung by some of our Golden members.

Of course, the meal did not hold back either. Our wonderful kitchen team prepared a roast meal of chicken, ham and veggies, followed up by pavlova and Christmas pudding for dessert. It sure left everyone satisfied and very full!

A huge thank you goes to all of our volunteers who helped make the Golden Meal as good as it was. Hard work and plenty of organisation went into preparing everything, and it was thanks to everyone who volunteered that we could bless our Golden members in this way. This year certainly has been challenging for many of us, due in no small part to not being able to gather with friends and family for a large chunk of it. The Golden Meal was a great reminder that community and fellowship are so important, and we are excited to move into the next year with (hopefully!) many more chances to do things together as a Golden Programme.

Our Golden Connection Programme includes other activities such as walking groups, foot clinics, and various social days, as well as some helpful seminars from time to time. For bookings or more information, phone (03) 355 6522 extension 112 and leave a message. Or email golden@nht.org.nz.

Farewell to Pat

We are very sad to say that a few weeks ago one of our lovely Golden volunteers, Pat, passed away.

Pat was a dedicated, willing volunteer, and was always happy to do whatever was needed. She helped out regularly at the Foot Clinic and Tours and also transported a lot of people to events who couldn’t drive.

This photo is the last one that was taken of Pat at the Golden Programme when she came on the Tour to Caddyshack City.

She will be missed dearly by many.

Goldens rolling on the river

Golden Connections river trip

The Golden Connections walking group took a journey on the Kaiapoi River Queen last week.

Kim Strange, Golden Connections Coordinator, says “It was a stunning trip with the sun shining and blue skies. We ate our lunch beside the river before boarding, and then had tea and coffee on the boat. It is a trip that all requested we repeat.”

The Golden Connections weekly programme is packed with fun activities and great ways to build friendships in your ‘golden years’. Visit our webpage, or contact Kim at golden@nht.org.nz for more information on how to get involved.

Our Golden volunteers are priceless!

The Neighbourhood Trust Golden Connections Programme for over 65 year olds has 100 active members who participate in various events and activities. We have a dedicated team of 19 volunteers whose help is essential to keeping the programme running smoothly.

This week is National Volunteer Week and we want to acknowledge the amazing work our volunteer team put into the programme and thank them for all the time and energy they put in to Golden Connections.

Our team take care of the practical side of running the programme – they make and serve food, set up and pack down, do the dishes, take payments, provide transport, make get well and thank you cards, and play music. They also help to create a welcoming, hospitable environment, offer friendship, pray for people, and show their love and care for the members.

They are all a vital part of the programme.

Learn more about the Golden Connections programme here.

Golden Connections Stay Connected During Lockdown

Golden Connections Coordinator

While a lot people have enjoyed spending more time with their families in their lockdown bubble, many people living alone, especially the elderly, have had to endure over a month of no, or limited, social contact.

We are proud of our Neighbourhood Trust Golden Connections team, led by Kim Strange, who have put a lot of time and effort into supporting our Golden members during this often lonely time.

Kim and her team of volunteers have been frequently phoning each of ‘the Goldens’ to have a chat, check up on them, and find out whether there are any needs that could be met by the Neighbourhood Trust.

“For a lot of our people, it just means so much that we would take the time to call and talk to them,” says Kim, “Some of our members don’t have family in Christchurch, or any family at all, so for those people we have been picking up and dropping off their groceries, or delivering a Neighbourhood Trust fresh produce Kai Box. One of our volunteers has even been taking one of our members to and from the hospital for appointments. The feedback we’ve had is that ‘it’s nice to know that people care about us, and that we’re not alone’.”

Thank you to our Golden Connections team and supporters for building friendships and shining the love of Jesus into the lives of some of our most vulnerable community members.

Also a big thank you to our SABC church whanau who have been donating to NHT – because of your generosity we’ve been able to bless many people with fresh fruit and vegetable parcels.