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Jane Jones, June Lomas and Anne Long have become good friends thanks to Wisdom and Wellbeing

Nintey one year old, South Wairarapa resident June Lomas found herself lonely and isolated when her husband passed away. Then she discovered a local group that helped her reconnect with the world.

Wisdom and Wellbeing, which has been held every Wednesday for more than 10 years, is run by Family Works, one arm of the not-for-profit organisation, Presbyterian Support Central.

With more than 20 regular attendees and many casuals, the group provides people who may otherwise feel isolated or house-bound with an opportunity to get out and about, socialise and take part in various activities.

June says that she has been attending the group for ‘longer than she can remember’.

“After many years of marriage I was suddenly on my own, I felt really lonely and cut off from everything. Then I heard about this group so decided to join. I’ve never looked back!” says June.

Now June has made some really good friends and says that she wouldn’t miss the group for the world.

“Lots of us are in the same situation, feeling cut off from everything as we no longer drive and can’t get out very easily. This group is great because they give us a lift to and from the centre and we go on outings to places that we wouldn’t usually get to.”

A usual Wednesday morning consists of a hearty morning tea followed by a different activity each week.

“We do all sorts at the group. Sometimes we have guest speakers, we have a monthly Tai Chi exercise class, we do craft, puzzles and quizzes – there’s always something different happening.

The group also ventures to Masterton on a weekly shopping trip. “It’s great as I can pick up things that aren’t available in Featherston,” says June.

“The group makes a real difference to my life,” says June. “Without it I wouldn’t be able to get out much and I definitely wouldn’t have all of these friends – it’s great!”

To find out more about Wisdom and Wellbeing, call Family Works on (06) 308 8028.

Family Works Central does not receive any government funding to run Wisdom and Wellbeing. Instead it relies solely on the support and generosity of the local community and trusts. To support the group visit www.psc.org.nz or call 0508 864 357 to make a donation or discuss ways that you can help.

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