ILS September Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group
  2. ILS TV Stars
  3. Need a lift?
  4. Christmas Venue for Hire
  5. Breathe Better September?
  6. September is World Alzheimer's month
  7. Auckland Hobbies Fair
  8. Show your love for Auckland
  9. My Voice Matters
  10. Catch a Passion. Land a Job!
  11. OLE! Loud Shirt Day is back
  12. Franklin Positive Ageing Expo
  13. Korean Diabetes Self Management Education Course
  14. Parting Thought

1. Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group

Our Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group are holding the following events this month:

Volunteers Training Day
When: Thursday 8th September, 10.30am - 11.30am
Where: ILS Botany Store, 308 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South

Seniors Group Mid-Winter Festival Celebration
When: Thursday 8th September, 10.30am - 11.30am
Where: ILS Royal Oak, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak

2. ILS TV Stars

In August, we first had Felix Lin, Asian Information Consultant interviewed about ILS and the services we provide by Chinese TV 28.  Click here to see the interview.

Then later in the month our Chinese Seniors Support & Caring Group were also interviewed on TV 28. Click here to see the interview.


3. Need a Lift?

Comfortable, stylish and affordable!

Come instore and try one of these lift chairs for yourself.  
They are available in a range of colours and styles, so there is something to suit everyone. 

The range includes
  • Cresta - fully supportive whether in a relaxed position or sitting upright.
  • Comfy - with its 'wallsaver' design allowing the chair to be positioned nearer to the wall than conventional recliner chairs. 
  • Galaxy (pictured) - which has a sensor bar along the edge of the base to halt the motion of the chair if an object is in the way of its movement
  • Stellar - full footrest extension and full back recline (approx 45 degrees) allowing for comfortable supine relaxing position

We look forward to seeing you soon.

4. Christmas Venue for Hire

Need an accessible venue for your Christmas party?  

Look no further than ILS. Our conference facilities are fully accessible with kitchen facilities available.  You can self cater or we can put you in contact with caterers. Competitive rates. To find out more email

5.  Breathe Better September

Breathe Better September is a national movement for Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs.

#BreatheBetterSeptember starts 1 September and the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation NZ want to see as many Kiwis as possible jump on board!

Visit to find out all the different ways you can get involved, and order FREE posters, stickers and balloons to raise awareness for your community, school or workplace.

6. September is World Alzheimer's Month

As part of World Alzheimer's month Auckland's Aotea Square is to be illuminated by a large dazzling and interactive sculpture which aims to shine light on one of the country's most common - but frequently overlooked - health conditions.

Around 60,000 New Zealanders live with dementia and when you take into account the impact on their families and carers, there are two in three people touched by dementia in New Zealand. 

Affinity opens at 6pm on Tuesday 6th September and will be lit up in Aotea Square from 5pm - 11pm until Thursday 22nd September. 

In addition there are 20 Memory Walks being held throughout the country. Memory Walks help raise awareness of dementia in communities and they provide an opportunity to remember family members and friends you know or have known, living with dementia.  

To find a walk near you visit


7. Auckland Hobbies Fair

The Auckland Hobbies fair is New Zealand’s largest collectors fair for diecast models, model trains, collectable toys, model train layouts, working models, sci-fi collectables, and much more. 

The details are:
When: Saturday 17 September 2016, 11am - 3pm
Where: Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn Street, Auckland
Cost: $5 per person (primary school children free if accompanied by an adult), Free entry after 2pm.

Click here for more information.

8. Show your love for Auckland

Auckland will go to the polls to find our new mayor, councillors and local board members, as well as DHB and licencing trust members in October 2016, and the call is out for candidates and voters!

Auckland Council is keen to support communities in accessing all the information they need to understand the voting process, how to stand as a candidate, and how to make sure your vote is counted.

We can work with you on planned community events and upcoming engagement activities and provide information in a way that makes the most sense for your community. In particular we can provide language support, so that all communities have access to the same information and opportunities to participate in local elections.

If you would like your community to find out more about the importance of Auckland’s local elections and the decision-making processes which affect your everyday life in Auckland, please get in touch.

To find out more: Contact 021 833 370 or check out


9. My Voice Matters

This year you have an opportunity to decide who governs Auckland. You are invited to a forum with Mayoral candidates where you can hear their vision for a city that includes and values all people.  

You will have the chance to:

  • Let our next Mayor know what issues matter to you.
  • Hear about their plans and policies  on accessibility, housing, transport and more.
  • Help the candidates to understand the needs of disabled people, their family and whānau, and organisations that support disabled people.

The details are: 
When: Monday 19 September 2016, 10am - 12 noon
Where: Auckland Deaf Society, Potters Park Events Centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland

Please RSVP by Friday 9 September 2016 to or phone 0800 227 2255 or 09 625 9378 ext 9300.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.  Plenty of parking, including mobility parking, is available on-site. The venue is served by bus stops  nearby on Balmoral Road, and  Dominion Road.  NZSL Interpreters will be  provided if requested, please let us know if you have this or any other  support needs.

10. Catch a Passion. Land a Job! 

The biggest event for Employers and young people under one roof.

The details are:

Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf
When:Wednesday 21 September 2016
Time: 9.30am - 2pm

For more information or to register see


11. OLE! Loud Shirt Day is back - Friday 23rd September

This year it's taking on a Mexican twist. So don your loudest shirt and join in to help raise money for deaf kiwi kids.

Loud Shirt Day is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme, charities who provide deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids, and help them learn to listen and speak. This vital service can make the world of difference to these kids - helping them to hear and speak like their friends.

Register your team now at:


12. Franklin Positive Ageing Expo

Franklin Positive Ageing Expo 2016 is dedicated to older people and celebrates older age, acknowledging that older people have full, active, productive and fulfilling lives. There will be advice, help and information available across a great many topics of relevance and importance to older people. This includes advice on residential care options and alternatives, resources and equipment for everyday living with a range of impairments or disabilities, information on volunteering, support to and for carers, and even professionals providing health screening and advice on healthly lifestyles.

The details are:
When: Friday 30th September 2016, 9.30am - 3pm
Where: Pukekohe Indian Association Hall, Ward Street
Cost: Free 

Over 65 and want to come but don't have transport? Dial White Rose cars on 238 9728 to discuss free transport.  For more information on the expo please call 09 232 8859, or email or visit

13. Korean Diabetes Self Management Education Course

This comprehensive diabetes self management education (DSME) course is designed for Korean people with type 2 diabetes.

 Led by dietitians,nurses and podiatrists and this course provides helpful tips on food choices,keeping active,setting health goals ,medications and foot care.  There are three morning sessions running on consecutive Saturday for 3 hours each day and presented in Korean.

The details are: 
When: Saturday,1st, 8th and 15th October 2016, 9.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Building A,42 Tawa Drive ,Albany
RSVP: Christina Lee, 09 448 0474,  027 359 6880, or email on  

Refreshments will be served. Welcome to bring a family member or other support person with you.

14. Parting Thought

"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."  Jim Rohn
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Contact Us

0800 625 100

Royal Oak Store

14 Erson Ave, PO Box 24 042,

Royal Oak, Auckland

Ph: 09 625 0322

Botany Store

308 Te Irirangi Drive,

Botany South, Auckland

Ph: 09 281 5027

Browns Bay

13-15 Bute Road,

Browns Bay, Auckland

Ph: 09 550 3387

All Stores Open:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 4pm