ILS May Newsletter 2018

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

  • Karen Beard-Greer wins the NZDSN Leadership Award
  • Hearing loss workshop for the Korean community
  • Don't forget Mum or that special person this Mother's Day
  • Office for rent
  • Auckland Support and Caring Group
  • The Healthy Pill
  • Community Support Workers wanting in Whangarei
  • Charity art auction
  • Open door day
  • Help plant a tree
  • Volunteers needed
  • Community Impact Day is on Saturday 26th May 2018
  • Strength and balance class for preventing falls
  • Visual Communication  - supporting Elderly
  • Fight the Flu this winter
  • Save the date for the upcoming Transition Expo 2018
  • Parting thought

Karen Beard-Greer wins the NZDSN Leadership Award

Congratulations to our CEO, Karen Beard-Greer for winning the NZDSN Leadership Award. Karen is being presented the award by Julie Ann Genter, Associate Minister of Health. 

The award is to acknowledge and recognise leadership within the disability sector by a person who may have shown initiative to change organisational culture and ways of operating to be more responsive and person centred/directed. Demonstration of collaboration and partnership are also a feature. 


Hearing Loss Workshop for the Korean Community

ILS is hosting a hearing loss workshop for the Korean community and service providers.  The workshop is for those who want to learn to

  • how your hearing system works
  • what causes hearing loss and what are the symptoms
  • how to care/maintain your hearing aids

The presenter is Hearing Therapist, Jacqui Taylor.

The details are:
Date:   Tuesday 15th May 2018
Time: 10.40am - 11.30am
Location: Hanouri Korean Church, 59 View Road, Glenfield, North Shore, Auckland

Please RSVP to Marian via email ( or mobile 022 6424877 as seats are limited. This workshop will be delivered in English with Korean translation provided.

Don't forget Mum or that special person this Mother's Day

We have some great products online and instore that make perfect gifts - like these winter warmers

Book Seat for hands free reading

Alleviates the discomfort associated with holding a book for extended periods of time. No more aching arms or wrists whilst reading.  It's also multifunctional as the Book Seat can double as a travel pillow; in a car, bus, plane or napping in the sun. Click here for more information.

Comfort socks to keep cosy

New Zealand made 'Grip Anti Slip' blended wool socks enable you to 'step with grip'.  The sole grips well on hard surfaces including timber, lino and tiles. This has been achieved with the application of an anti slip Plastisol based ink.  For added warmth, comfort and safety these 'Grip Anti Slip' socks are ideal.  Click here for more information.

Office for rent

We have two offices available - roughly 23sqm each, north facing looking towards One Tree Hill with doors opening onto a garden space. 

Included in the rent: 


  • 2 offices available 
  • kitchenette 
  • 2 common accessible toilets 
  • 2 off street parks 
  • 1 free use of either the conference room or boardroom for you monthly board meeting (for a not for profit) 

Space is available now. Rent approx $1333 per month - and the first month is FREE. Viewing by appointmen­t, please contact Raema Inglis on 09 625 0322 or raema@ilsn­ to arrange.


Auckland Support and Caring Group

Come along and join in the activities

The details are: 
Where: 346 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Date: Every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm5 May 2018
Activites: Dancing class, pingpang, Mangjiang, English lessons
Cost: Free for members, $2 for non-members 
RSVP: Lingling Zhu,  02102780886 or wechat: zll45329766

The Healthy Pill

The Auckland Chinese Medical Association are holding their annual conference - the Heathly Pill, the health and wellbeing of doctors and patients.

Keynote speakers include

  • Dr Lynette Tippette (Advances in Dementia Prevention,
  • Dr Michelle Wilson (Genomics in Oncology),
  • Dr Adrian Harrison (Practises for living and enjoying a purposeful life
  • Dr Tony Fernando (If you want to be happy, practice compassion

Workshops include
  • Hyperventilation (Scott Peirce)
  • Neck Pain Management (Katy Street)
  • Mindfulness (Parvin Kapila)

The details are: 
Where: Vodafone Event Centre, 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Manukau
Date: 5 May 2018
Time: 8am - 5.30pm 

Register online at

Community Support Workers wanted in Whangarei

Please refer to our website for details of the position and how to apply:  

Applications close: Sunday, 6th May 2018

Charity Art Auction

Join Mapura Studios for an exciting art experience and support their work.  Featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, whakairo, rāranga, glass, jewellery and original prints by renowned New Zealand Artists and Māpura Artists.
Artists include:
Brett Graham, Crystal Chain Gang, Deborah Crowe, Donn Salt, Elizabeth Thomson, Evelyn Dunstan, Glen Hayward, Heiwari Johnson, Iain Cheesman, Ingrid Boot, Jacqueline Fahey, John Parker, Jimmy James Kouratoras, Matthew Allerby, Michael Smither, Russell Julian, Warwick Freeman and more...

The details are:
When: Saturday 12 May 2018
Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland 
Time: Doors open from 6pm with the Silent Auction ending at 7.30 and the Live Auction starting at 8pm 

All artworks can be previewed online at

Open Door Day

Community Waitakere and Co-host Literacy Waitakere welcome you to join us, start conversations, share, learn and build strong relationships.

The guest speaker Jane Gilmour will share levels of language support, a story to share and a tour of Literacy Waitakere.
The details are:
When: Tuesday 15 May 2018
Where: Level 1, 3055 Great North Road, New Lynn, Auckland 
Time: 10am 

Please RSVP to

Help plant a tree

Volunteers are needed on 23 May for a tree planting project along the Puhinui Stream, corner of Plunket Ave and Cavendish Drive, 9am. A hot lunch is provided. For more information or to volunteer email

Volunteers needed

Age Concern Counties Manukau urgently need volunteers at the vintage store (Shop 3, 154 Kolmar Road Papatoetoe).  If this sounds like you, pop in and talk to Suzi or email or call 2501935.

Community Impact Day is on Saturday 26th May 2018

City Impact Church mobilises volunteers into the community to assist unsupported families in a practical way. 
How we can assist you:

  • Gardening, weeding and lawn-mowing
  • Indoor and outdoor cleaning
  • Small painting jobs
  • Small building repairs e.g. holes in walls
  • Electrical faults
  • Plumbing
  • Cleaning windows
  • Moving and removals
  • Christmas gift box deliveries
  • Clothing on request

For more information on how we can assist you please contact Mary-Kath Laita on
(09) 477 0300 or via email Alternatively visit


Strength and balance class for preventing falls

People aged 65 and over, who are at risk of falls and fractures, can attend classes run by Live Stronger for Longer to help build strength and balance. A range of classes are available, including strength training, low impact exercises, pilates and stretching. Find a class near you.  

Visual Communication - Supporting Elderly

A new workshop has been added but places are limited so please email to book. 

Visual Communication - Supporting the Elderly 
Friday, 14 September 2018    9.30-11.30am   Pt Chev Library Meeting Room, Auckland
$45 to be paid before the workshop

Suitable for families/caregivers or staff working with individuals with limited or no speech or who have language processing problems in their later years. 

Learn how to help elderly people suffering onset dementia/Alzheimers or rehabilitating after a stroke with communication skills through the use of visual supports.  Learn how to use visual routines to aid daily life. 

All workshops in 2018 will be held in the Point Chevalier Library Meeting Room, Cnr Great North and Point Chevalier Roads, Auckland

More details on all our workshop can be found on our website

Fight the Flu this winter

The Immunisation Advisory Centre is running a Fight Flu New Zealand campaign to help spread the word about flu immunisation. 
It has produced a general flu brochure available in many languages on its website to help ensure people who are eligible for a free immunisation don’t miss out. You can also keep up-to-date on the Fight Flu Facebook page. 

Save the date for the upcoming Transition Expo 2018

The progression from school to community life

  • free entry
  • plenty of parking
  • fully accessible venue
  • information pack given to each family
  • cafe on premises

Hosted by Disability Connect & Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

When: Tuesday 7th August 2018
Where: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns, Auckland (map link below)
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Click here for more information.

Parting Thought

"People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way."  A. C. Benson

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