Seniors’ group hoping to open info hub in July

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Hub hopes . . . Looking forward to opening an information hub next month are (back, from left) Taieri Age Connect committee member Tony Robinson, president Ken Whitcombe, (front, from left) treasurer Maree Turnbull, vice-president Trish Didham, committee member Margaret Black, committee member Jenny Knox and secretary Carolyn Thomas. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Taieri Age Connect’s committee hopes to open the group’s new information hub next month.

The group was started earlier this year and aims to give Mosgiel’s senior residents a place to meet new people, share information about local services and enjoy social activities.

President Ken Whitcombe said there was now a functioning committee and the next step was to get the drop-in information hub open.

He hoped it would be a “one-stop shop” for senior Mosgiel residents and would have information about local services and organisations.

The group was a collaboration between residents, Age Concern and Presbyterian Support Otago, but was Mosgiel-focused.

“We wanted something that is Mosgiel-centred, not Dunedin-centred.”

The building was in a “handy” spot, close to a supermarket, library and bus route.

Committee member Carolyn Thomas said the group planned to have a heat pump installed, the building painted and the windows replaced.

“We just want to get it spruced up and make it much more attractive,” Mr Whitcombe said.

“Once the heat pump is here it will be a nice warm spot.”

Vice-president Trish Didham said the group was in the process of applying for community grants for the heat pump and windows.

The group was also seeking volunteers, she said.