Supergrans happy in new home

Homely new space . . . Supergrans Dunedin manager Pip Weber (right) and assistant manager Leanne Stenhouse are delighted with the spacious and homely new space for the organisation at South Dunedin mall. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

A light and bright, comfortable space in South Dunedin mall has become the new home of Supergrans Dunedin.

Supergrans manager Pip Weber and assistant manager Leanne Stenhouse made the move in January, and are delighted with the new space.

“It’s fantastic here, we are on the ground floor in a very pleasant space, right next door to Pregnancy Help in the mall,” Ms Weber said.

“And the place has a really comfy feel already, thanks to all the donations we have received.”

Supergrans worked with the Dunedin City Council Waste Minimisation team, providing a wish list to the staff at the Rummage Centre at Green Island landfill.

“They put things aside for us, so we were able to go out there and choose what we wanted – it worked really well,” Ms Stenhouse said.

In this way, the spacious kitchen space has been fully stocked with crockery and other equipment for cooking classes.

Supergrans were also given couches in good condition, table and chairs, cupboards and bookshelves, as well as a set of cubes from Abbotsford School.

Second-hand shops provided rugs and Ms Stenhouse found a giant bag of crochet squares at St Vincent de Paul which have been sewn into throws.

“We have done it all on a shoestring, but we are very pleased with how well it has turned out,” she said.

Ms Weber said the new accessible and pleasant space would make a big difference to the organisation.

“We are hoping to have a lot more grans and clients popping in to spend time here,” she said.

Now they have settled into their new space, Ms Weber and Ms Stenhouse are now turning their attention to planning activities and workshops.

The first of these, a workshop on how to make low-cost, environmentally friendly cleaning products led by Maureen Howard, will be held tomorrow, from 10am to noon.

Interested people are invited to register for the workshop by phoning 455-0981, or emailing

The new Supergrans Dunedin space in the South Dunedin mall will have regular opening hours, from 10am to 2.30pm, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.