ILS July Newsletter 2017

In this July Newsletter from the Independent Living Service you'll find information about:

  1. Watch this space - from August extended opening hours for 'AgePlus' our ILS Browns Bay Store
  2. Low Vision Workshop
  3. Looking for a comfy lift chair?
  4. Want help getting in and out of a car or chair?
  5. Need a D-shape lumbar?
  6. Suffering from back ache?
  7. Mobility Equipment Hire
  8. Stepping Up: How can Auckland Council better co-ordinate its relationships with community groups?
  9. Come and meet your local community volunteers
  10. Congratulate Emirates Team New Zealand
  11. The Great Piratical Rumbustification
  12. Circus art at TAPAC these school holidays
  13. Interested in a Mental Health Learning Programme?
  14. Manurewa Seniors' Scholarships
  15. Dance classes to keep seniors active and enjoying life
  16. Embark on the Tenacious this July
  17. Volunteers Wanted
  18. COGY we want you here in NZ
  19. LifeKeepers is coming soon
  20. Shout out for Health!
  21. Parting thought

1. Watch this space - from August extended opening hours for 'AgePlus' our ILS Browns Bay Store

Due to popular demand, the Saturday opening hours will be extended early August from 10am - 2pm to 9am - 4pm.


2. Low Vision Workshop

ILS is hosting a low vision workshop for the Korean community and service providers to learn about

  • some common eye conditions that cause blindness
  • what are the symptoms and causes of vision problems
  • tips to protect your eyesight
  • what you can do, what service are available and how to manage this if we have an issue

The presenter is Veta Endemann (Service Support Manager from Blind Foundation)

The details are:
When: Tuesday 25th July 2017
Time: 11am - 12pm
Where: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore

This workshop will be conducted in English with Korean translation provided. Please contact Marian Park to RSVP - or 022 6424 877


3.  Looking for a comfy lift chair?

The Ritz lift/recliner chair incorporates the latest innovative technology to provide a fully supportive experience whether in a relaxed position or sitting upright.

Come in-store to try the lift chair for yourself or find out more information here.

4. Want help getting in and out of a car or chair?

This swivel cushion is designed to assist people when turning to get into or out of a car or chair. This helps reduce strain on the back, hips and knees. Find out more information here.


5. Need a D-shape lumbar?

Made of 100% Molded Memory Foam. Ideal for work, home or in the car. Supportive and comfortable, offers maximum support to the spine and comes with adjustable fixing strap for easy positioning. Find out more information here.

6. Suffering from back ache? 

The Durable Lumbar Cushion with a gel pad provides contoured support for the lumbar region to help reduce back ache. Ideal in the car, office or home. It is made from molded High Density PU foam with a gel pad.. Find out more information here.


7. Mobility Equipment Hire

ILS offer a range of mobility equipment for short or long term hire. Our range includes

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • knee walker
  • crutches 
  • mobility scooter

Competitive rates, to find out more email 


8. Stepping Up: How can Auckland Council better co-ordinate its relationships with community groups?

We are exploring ideas for how council can better coordinate its ongoing relationships with community groups. We’ve partnered with Think Place to hold community-based workshops to look at strategies and ideas. 

If you are a part of a community group, we would love for you to be involved and to hear your ideas!

South Workshop
Papatoetoe Town Hall – Tuesday, July 4th from 12-2pm (lunch will be provided)

North Workshop
Venue TBC – Thursday, July 6th from 12-2pm (lunch will be provided)

Please contact Kelsi to confirm your attendance, or if you have any questions / 021 504 708.

9. Come and meet your local community volunteers

from the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group who are working together to build a resilient Auckland.

A resilient Auckland is one where the community is prepared and bounces back quickly after a hazard event. 
This is vital in terms of Auckland's social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. The details are:

When: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: Royal Oak Shopping Mall Centre Court

For more information visit


10. Congratulate Emirates Team New Zealand

The America's Cup is coming home and Kiwis will get a chance to welcome our heroes at a parade. This is scheduled for Thursday July 6th in central Auckland with a tentative start time of 1pm. For more information see

11. The Great Piratical Rumbustification

is coming to the Pumphouse Theatre these school holidays. There are showings from Saturday 8 July - Saturday 22 July at 10.30am and 2pm (no shows on Sundays). Audio described performances are on Wednesday 5th July at 12pm and Saturday 15th July at 1pm. Headsets are limited and must be reserved. To reserve a headset or find out more email

12. Circus art at TAPAC these school holidays 

Spend your July holidays doing something creative, energetic and fun! Thomas and Sara from Circability are ready to bring out your inner circus performer! 

For more info or to enrol see


13. Interested in a Mental Health Learning Programme

Blueprint for Learning’s one day MH101 mental health learning programme will teach you what to do and when in order to support clients, family, friends and colleagues with mental illness or distress, as well as develop strategies for maintaining good mental health for yourself.  The details are: 

When: Friday 21 July  
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm  
Where: Harakeke House  15 Ronwood Ave, Manukau  

To register please email the following information of those who wish to attend to:

  • First & last name
  • Role
  • Organisation
  • Individual email addresses  
Registrations are due by: 4 July 2017. For more information see

14. Manurewa Seniors' Scholarships

Manurewa Local Board is partnering with Age Concern Counties Manukau to offer s cholarships for senior residents participating in learning activities.

Scholarships of up to $2000 are available for seniors, kuia and kaumatua undertaking learning in the 2017/2018 year. Applications close 21 July 2017.

Who qualifies?
Applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a New Zealand citizen, live in the Manurewa Local Board area and active participants in the Manurewa community.

How to apply:
Email Lucy Prior, or visit
for an application form or pick one up from Manurewa Local Board office or Manurewa Library, both at 7 Hill Road, Manurewa.

To find out more: Phone Age Concern, 09 279 4331, visit or 

15. Dance classes to keep seniors active and enjoying life

New classes starting for people with Parkinson’s, recovering from stroke and other age-related physical mobility challenges. All classes aimed at people 65 years and older

Monday's: 10 – 11 am in Mt Albert for those who are physically able
Tuesday's: 10.30 – 11.30 am (starting on 25 July) in Mt Albert for improved mobility
Thursday's: 10 – 11 am in Remuera for who are physically able

  • All classes follows school terms.
  • Come 15 minutes early to enrol. 
  • People in wheelchairs or using walkers are very welcome to the Tuesday classes. Caregivers and volunteers are encouraged to participate and support their person

Monday & Tuesday classes at St Luke’s Church Hall, 704 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland. Limited parking between the church and the hall for those with walkers or in wheelchairs. Please park in the carpark below the church or on the road if you are physically able
Thursday class St Aidan’s Church Hall, 5 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland

Monday & Thursday classes are $10 with 5% discount when paid by the term
Tuesday classes have Kerr-Taylor Foundation funding & NDN support so are $7 or $10 with participation of support person.

For more information visit

16. Embark on the Tenacious this July!

Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Enjoy seven days in some of the best sailing playgrounds in the world. 

Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Enjoy seven days in some of the best sailing playgrounds in the world. The stunning islands and wildlife of the Hauraki Gulf provide a great backdrop to your time onboard and present truly spectacular views that you can take in as you work aloft. Come aboard to have a tall ship adventure and sample some of the aspects that make sailing with the JST an incredibly unique experience. Try your hand at helming the ship, climbing the mast (weather permitting) or setting the sails as you experience the views of Auckland from the water.

Please see Jubilee Sailing Trust for more details.

17. Volunteers Wanted

Do you have time to spare or are looking to give back to the community as the local Onehunga Branch are looking for volunteers.

Are you...
  • a good listener & communicator
  • a good problem solver
  • intelligent and compassionate
  • comfortable in a multicultural team

Do you have...
  • 4 hours per week spare (after initial training?
  • A willingness to help people?
  • A commitment to community service?
  • A curiosity for information?
  • Computer skills?

If you can answer 'yes' to the above and are interested in becoming a CAB volunteer, please pop in and talk to us at the CAB Onehunga, call 09 634 1613, email

18. COGY we want you in New Zealand

COGY is an innovative pedal-wheelchair/chair-bike which helps people with rehabilitation, making rehabilitation fun and sustainable. If you 

  • weigh 100kg or less
  • are happy to pedal 10 - 30 mins every day
  • have someone to help you get on/off

then give COGY a should for a 1 month at home trial. For more information see

19. LifeKeepers is coming soon

LifeKeepers is coming soon and will be New Zealand's first home-grown national suicide prevention training programme for all people living in New Zealand.

You can think of it like first aid training, giving people the skills to recognise and support those at risk of suicide. 

Find out more about this free new programme - who it's for, when it's coming, what training will look like and why it's needed, by visiting  There you can subscribe for updates and be the first to know when training registrations open.

20. Shout out for Health

Shout Out for Health is a member-led campaign from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation for better public funding for our health services.
If we had the right level of funding, nurses, midwives, caregivers and patients would see:

  • Safe staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Preventative health services in our communities to keep whanau well
  • Faster access to specialist health services
  • Happier and less stressed health workers who want to stay working in NZ
  • Patients getting all the care they need and deservce, from small things like showers in hospital, to big things like mental health support.

You can help us by signing our open letter on health funding


21. Parting Thought

"Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from, but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders, saying to myself, 'It's going to be a good day!'" Lindsay Lohan

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