This workshop was put together in line with one of our long-term goals to engage more with the migrant senior communities – the Chinese in particular. Championed by our Treasurer, Tina Goodwin, this day was full of helpful information, great home-baked food, wonderful guest-speakers, and lots and lots of questions! We were overwhelmed by the response we had received from the Chinese community especially, with elders coming in from as far as Porirua to attend the workshop, and were very lucky to have two amazing translator along to help. It was evident that we had tapped into a genuine need.
We aimed to cover as much as possible without the day being too long for the elderly group, and developed a programme that covered a broad range of issues, working with organisations like
- Age Concern: talking about elder abuse and the residential care services they provide
- Ministry of Social Development: talking about senior-related benefits they can apply for, their rights as a senior citizen, and pensions
- Hutt Valley District Health Board: information on ACC, where to go for health-related problems, and the residential care services they provide
- Grey Power: talking about their group, what they stand for, where to find them and how to get involved
- Community Law: going through the matters of Enduring power of Attorney, Wills, and what happens in New Zealand if you do not have a will
- Senior Net: talking about their group, where to find them and how to get involved
We gave them 30-60 minutes each for their presentations, and had them leave space for Q&A from the audience. Tina and her friends got together to provide the catering themselves, and the seniors got to appreciate a lunch of pikelets, scones, club sandwiches and some DELICIOUS vegetable and pumpkin soup.
Overall there were a lot of positive responses and gratitude from speakers and attendees alike, with the day ending on a cheerful note and lots of new friends made. We look forward to holding more courses like this in the future, and send out a big thank you to all of those involved.