Wednesday, 9 September 2020

 Over the last few years  Arohanui Greerton have entered the local yarn bombing competition where they decorate a local tree.

This year they went all out and created Wilson the rugby player. Wilson attracted a lot of attention, so much in fact that someone decided they would steal him for their own.

This was very disappointing for everyone and even with local papers getting involved Wilson was never to be seen again. But as they say, with every dark cloud there is a silver lining and with the locals getting behind Arohanui we won the public vote and $700 which was kindly sponsored by Leigh Crockord of Crockford real estate.

The money was spent on the purchase of new Samsung tablets for the Greerton center.

 Staff and clients have not be put off by the experience and are gearing up for next years theme of 

  "Color My World"

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Arohanui Art and Education Trust is back up and running with full attendance after what, dare I say 'unprecedented times'
The Covid- lock down period was something that we had no manual for. We did however have a pandemic plan which worked well and gave clear guidance for all staff.
During the Lock down we continued to offer services virtually and the staff came up with some very creative ideas and activities for the service users.
Senior Management delivered medication and groceries for those who asked.
No one can deny that the lock down, for some was stressful and others took it in their stride.
It showed me the best of some people and the not so good in others. Peoples true values came to the surface and it is a persons values that  cannot be camouflaged when facing adversity. 
I am very proud of the Arohanui Art and Education staff especially those who went well beyond what was expected of them through this period. What they did to support people truly did make a positive difference. I sincerely thank them all. 
We are all looking forward to the rest of the year and assisting people achieve their goals and we can all look back on this period of history knowing we where there.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

2020 has got of to a great positive start with all three Centers starting their new programs.
A great new initiative has been doing weekly flower posies for the Waipuna Hospice. The Clients create the flower posies each week with the support of staff and a volunteer. The posies are then delivered to the hospice and go on peoples meal trays.
It is hoped over time that this initiative will grow into random acts of kindness and flowers will be given to people and services in the local community. Watch this space!

 A group of 9 clients and 3 staff are heading of to the Gold coast in Australia on the 8th of March for a week. This is an exciting time for the people who are going and for some a trip like this is a dream come true. We will be going to Sea world, Movie World and the Australian zoo and several other excursions. Big thanks to the staff who are willing to give up their spare time to make this happen
We will post an update of the trip when we get back .

Thursday, 14 March 2019

A group from the Greerton centre had a great overnight camp at sapphire springs near Katikati
It takes a huge amount of planning and organising to make outings like this a success and I would like to congratulate all the staff involved who went the extra mile to ensure everyone had a great time.
Everyone who went on the camp are already talking about the next camp and discussing where they might like to go.

Monday, 2 July 2018

We would like to thank TECT for their generous contribution toward the buying and installation of two new heat pumps for our Te Puke Centre. The heat pumps have made a huge difference this winter for the people we support and will be also fantastic when the heat comes on in the summer months. The area that is being heated and cooled is a large open space so getting the right heat pumps was important and not cheap, but well worth it.
Without the TECT donation it would have been very difficult for the Trust to have funded this project
It has made a positive difference for the people who chose Arohanui as their provider and everyone is very grateful to TECT and the work they do for the local community. 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The annual Bay Clay exhibition show cases the works of the Bethlehem pottery club and we again for the  fourth year exhibited some of the works completed by the people supported by the Arohanui Art and Education Trust. This exhibition is very well attended and the work that is on display is judged by some of the best potters in the country.
The pieces on display and for sale from Arohanui receive positive recognition not because the people producing the work have a disability. They receive the recognition because they are talented artists in their own right and are being judged on a level playing field.
Big thanks the Bethlehem pottery Club and to Nicky Porter from Arohanui who has supported all the people to shine.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Recently the people at Arohanui have been making cookies in the shape of dogs to fund raise for the guide dog and the blind foundation. As a thank you, we were fortunate to have three guide dogs visit
which was a big hit with everyone. The three puppies were around 8 months old and very well behaved. I am of no doubt  they will be a great asset to the people they support when their training is completed.