Selwyn Centre

An activities programme for retired senior people, which meets Mondays at the Warkworth Parish Hall, 9:30am - 12:00 midday.  Cost is $3.00.  All are welcome to come along for a morning of fun and fitness.  New members are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Bridget, 425 8054.

The background:

The Selwyn Day Centre at Christ Church Warkworth started a few years ago with funding from the Selwyn Foundation, encouragement from the parish and the efforts of volunteers. Today there is on average 25+ attendees each week. These are mostly from the community. The group has become a hive of activity and has definitely filled a niche in the community. It offers a programme of sit down exercises, morning teas, games and socials every Monday from 9.30-12noon.

Benefits and Impact:

For the Community: Especially for the elderly who are living alone, there is a lot of sharing of information at the Group. This often reduces the fear of the unknown and helps them feel connected to the community. For the attendees: The Group is very much a social hub – it is a place where they can come together, feel accepted and informed. There is sense that many have come out of themselves and blossomed. The sit down exercises and games are fun and enhance flexibility / mobility.

For the workers: Leadership and team working skills are being developed (a big factor for the group’s success). Another development has been the sense of being fruitful in Ministry (they consider the work as unto God). The workers enjoy what they do and freely volunteer their time. The buzz and energy of the team is most apparent.

For the Church: The effort expended has been greatly exceeded by the benefits reaped!