Senior lunches a friend’s pleasure

2016-03-01 06:00
Volunteers of the Kensington Friends charity get ready to serve the residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Volunteers of the Kensington Friends charity get ready to serve the residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There’s no shortage of friends for the seniors at the Kensington Home for the Aged, especially where the Kensington Friends charity is concerned.

Helen Major is a member of the board who two years ago felt that the seniors at the home needed to feel the love of the community in a more tangible way.

“My involvement at the home made me realise that these were special people in our community,” she says. “These are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, friends who all played a special part in our community. Somehow we must always make them feel special.”

That is when she called on her friends and family to form the charity organisation.

“One of our first traditions that we started is to host a lunch once a month for the residents, but it’s much more than just a lunch,” she says. “There are meetings to discuss the menu for the day, but we also provide some entertainment and other activities as well.

“Another important aim of these lunches is to bring the community closer to them, because lots of volunteers always help out. Friendships are also formed, with some of them starting to visit those who have no families.”

Major points out these lunches are now more interesting with Shawco lending a hand.

“While we used to host these lunches at the back of the home, our neighbour Shawco has started to allow us to use its beautiful lawned grounds, which we did for the first lunch this year.

“This was a fantastic idea because everybody enjoyed the open-air affair that we hosted for them.

“They’re always looking forward to these events.”

Another special event for the home is when the organisation hosts a Christmas lunch.

“We go all out for this one,” says Major. “They are treated to all the traditional foods, the puddings and we also decorate their lounge area.”

Major explains a big part of the success is the team of dedicated volunteers.

“We work extremely well together as a team,” she says.

“There’s interaction on a daily basis; always discussing what our next plans for the home are and how we can improve on it.

“While we have some regular donors, there’s always space for those who want to help us show these seniors how much we care.”

V For more information about the group contact Major on 021 593 2274 during office hours.

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