Sunday Superheroes

Each week we feature a client on our Facebook page, here are some of the latest!

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Introducing this weeks DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero - Jane

After a quieter start to the year when Jane was recovering from a serious injury,  its wonderful to be able to report that her superpowers of determination, enthusiasm, and persistence have stood her in such good stead and Jane is back on her feet again.

So its back to busy weeks for this star of DRC, and for Jane, that means trying her hand at anything and everything.

Janes easing into the week these days with art therapy, a practice that sits very comfortably alongside her long standing interest in crafts.

Indeed, Jane can often be found, prior to the start of her DRC activities, working on her latch hook projects - a craft with a fascinating history that goes right back to 19th Century Yorkshire, and the utilisation of cast off thrums by mill workers.

It would be fair to say that Jane is a dab hand (fittingly, a phrase that also has Yorkshire roots!) at this skill, and its really quite mesmerising to watch her work - to realise just how much concentration and patience it requires of her, and just how much of her character is demonstrated through her success at it.

Always a fixture in our kapa haka group, Jane is now rounding out her weeks with an afternoon of good will and even better deeds, as part of Acts of Kindness.

Its always fantastic to see Janes persistence paying off!

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Introducing this week’s DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero – Jane

After a quieter start to the year when Jane was recovering from a serious injury, it’s wonderful to be able to report that her superpowers of determination, enthusiasm, and persistence have stood her in such good stead and Jane is back on her feet again.

So it’s back to busy weeks for this star of DRC, and for Jane, that means trying her hand at anything and everything.

Jane’s easing into the week these days with art therapy, a practice that sits very comfortably alongside her long standing interest in crafts.

Indeed, Jane can often be found, prior to the start of her DRC activities, working on her latch hook projects – a craft with a fascinating history that goes right back to 19th Century Yorkshire, and the utilisation of cast off thrums by mill workers.

It would be fair to say that Jane is a dab hand (fittingly, a phrase that also has Yorkshire roots!) at this skill, and it’s really quite mesmerising to watch her work – to realise just how much concentration and patience it requires of her, and just how much of her character is demonstrated through her success at it.

Always a fixture in our kapa haka group, Jane is now rounding out her weeks with an afternoon of good will and even better deeds, as part of ‘Acts of Kindness’.

It’s always fantastic to see Jane’s persistence paying off!

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Well done Jane ⭐️

Always a pleasure jane

Jane creating joy and kindness everyday

Well done Jane.

Good to see you up and rocking Jane

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Introducing this weeks DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero - Emma.

This week we focus on a hero with a long DRC Living Life Connected history, yet who has only recently rejoined the whanau - Emma!

Emma spends a morning with us at the start of the week, and an afternoon midweek, taking time out from her otherwise busy schedule to enjoy some tailor-made DRC sessions.

Tai chi suits Emma down to the ground, its meditative, slow movements helping to relieve stress, and promote focus and general wellbeing.

Focus is a skill Emma puts into practice adeptly in our Wednesday pool group. A seasoned and very proficient player, Emma effortlessly takes on the role of mentor to those who are just learning the ropes, to the great benefit of all involved.

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome back to DRC living life connected, Emma! 

Everyday thing, everyday place, everyday people, everyday time.

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Introducing this week’s DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero – Emma.

This week we focus on a hero with a long DRC Living Life Connected history, yet who has only recently rejoined the whanau – Emma!

Emma spends a morning with us at the start of the week, and an afternoon midweek, taking time out from her otherwise busy schedule to enjoy some tailor-made DRC sessions.

Tai chi suits Emma down to the ground, its meditative, slow movements helping to relieve stress, and promote focus and general wellbeing.

Focus is a skill Emma puts into practice adeptly in our Wednesday pool group. A seasoned and very proficient player, Emma effortlessly takes on the role of mentor to those who are just learning the ropes, to the great benefit of all involved.

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome back to DRC living life connected, Emma!

Everyday thing, everyday place, everyday people, everyday time.

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Hi back to DRC ..Great to read your storey

Well done Emma always a pleasure to see you

Hi Emma what a beautiful smile as always.

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero Richard

This week our DRC Living Life Connected superhero spotlight picks out another relatively new face, Richard Harmer, who we all affectionately know as Whaanga.

Whaanga comes to us following the completion of studies at EIT - Te Aho a Maui, and has certainly brought with him a love of learning, participation, and competition.

There are new skills aplenty to be picked up and perfected as part of our midweek cooking group, and Whaanga relishes both the opportunities, and the outcomes!

Pool at Clubs Hastings brings out Whaangas competitive side, and the pleasure he takes in pulling off a difficult shot, and in improving his technique, is clear to all.

Kapa haka allows Whaanga to wear a completely different hat, one of responsibility and leadership - performing both karakia and haka for the group.

Our Thursday bowling sessions allow the best of both worlds for Whaanga, as he is able to work on technique and pit himself against his mates, while also demonstrating his very admirable willingness to lend a hand, and to assist others - helping with the bowling ramp, and carrying and setting up bowling balls for others.

Ka pai te mahi, Whaanga. A great start!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Introducing this week’s DRC Sunday Superhero Richard

This week our DRC Living Life Connected superhero spotlight picks out another relatively new face, Richard Harmer, who we all affectionately know as Whaanga.

Whaanga comes to us following the completion of studies at EIT – Te Aho a Maui, and has certainly brought with him a love of learning, participation, and competition.

There are new skills aplenty to be picked up and perfected as part of our midweek cooking group, and Whaanga relishes both the opportunities, and the outcomes!

Pool at Clubs Hastings brings out Whaanga’s competitive side, and the pleasure he takes in pulling off a difficult shot, and in improving his technique, is clear to all.

Kapa haka allows Whaanga to wear a completely different hat, one of responsibility and leadership – performing both karakia and haka for the group.

Our Thursday bowling sessions allow the best of both worlds for Whaanga, as he is able to work on technique and pit himself against his mates, while also demonstrating his very admirable willingness to lend a hand, and to assist others – helping with the bowling ramp, and carrying and setting up bowling balls for others.

Ka pai te mahi, Whaanga. A great start!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Introducing this weeks DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero - Jane

After a quieter start to the year when Jane was recovering from a serious injury,  its wonderful to be able to report that her superpowers of determination, enthusiasm, and persistence have stood her in such good stead and Jane is back on her feet again.

So its back to busy weeks for this star of DRC, and for Jane, that means trying her hand at anything and everything.

Janes easing into the week these days with art therapy, a practice that sits very comfortably alongside her long standing interest in crafts.

Indeed, Jane can often be found, prior to the start of her DRC activities, working on her latch hook projects - a craft with a fascinating history that goes right back to 19th Century Yorkshire, and the utilisation of cast off thrums by mill workers.

It would be fair to say that Jane is a dab hand (fittingly, a phrase that also has Yorkshire roots!) at this skill, and its really quite mesmerising to watch her work - to realise just how much concentration and patience it requires of her, and just how much of her character is demonstrated through her success at it.

Always a fixture in our kapa haka group, Jane is now rounding out her weeks with an afternoon of good will and even better deeds, as part of Acts of Kindness.

Its always fantastic to see Janes persistence paying off!

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Well done Jane ⭐️

Always a pleasure jane

Jane creating joy and kindness everyday

Well done Jane.

Good to see you up and rocking Jane

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Introducing this weeks DRC living life connected Sunday Superhero - Emma.

This week we focus on a hero with a long DRC Living Life Connected history, yet who has only recently rejoined the whanau - Emma!

Emma spends a morning with us at the start of the week, and an afternoon midweek, taking time out from her otherwise busy schedule to enjoy some tailor-made DRC sessions.

Tai chi suits Emma down to the ground, its meditative, slow movements helping to relieve stress, and promote focus and general wellbeing.

Focus is a skill Emma puts into practice adeptly in our Wednesday pool group. A seasoned and very proficient player, Emma effortlessly takes on the role of mentor to those who are just learning the ropes, to the great benefit of all involved.

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome back to DRC living life connected, Emma! 

Everyday thing, everyday place, everyday people, everyday time.

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Hi back to DRC ..Great to read your storey

Well done Emma always a pleasure to see you

Hi Emma what a beautiful smile as always.

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero Richard

This week our DRC Living Life Connected superhero spotlight picks out another relatively new face, Richard Harmer, who we all affectionately know as Whaanga.

Whaanga comes to us following the completion of studies at EIT - Te Aho a Maui, and has certainly brought with him a love of learning, participation, and competition.

There are new skills aplenty to be picked up and perfected as part of our midweek cooking group, and Whaanga relishes both the opportunities, and the outcomes!

Pool at Clubs Hastings brings out Whaangas competitive side, and the pleasure he takes in pulling off a difficult shot, and in improving his technique, is clear to all.

Kapa haka allows Whaanga to wear a completely different hat, one of responsibility and leadership - performing both karakia and haka for the group.

Our Thursday bowling sessions allow the best of both worlds for Whaanga, as he is able to work on technique and pit himself against his mates, while also demonstrating his very admirable willingness to lend a hand, and to assist others - helping with the bowling ramp, and carrying and setting up bowling balls for others.

Ka pai te mahi, Whaanga. A great start!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Introducing this weeks Sunday Superhero - Paula

This week we sit down to focus on all things DRC living life connected with another super alumna of Te Kareti o Paharakeki - our very own Paula!

Paula joined our DRC living life connected whanau in the summer, but she is already very much at home, and busily working towards meeting a number of varied goals.

Her weeks open with a rather remarkable partnership at the newly relocated Hikoi 4 Life gym, where she and her fitness instructor, Otis, literally wheel rings around each other, in the pursuit of increased strength, stamina, balance, and coordination.

Paula puts in a tremendous effort each and every session. Her enthusiasm and dedication is reflected in that of her instructor, and does them both great credit.

Paula is equally enthusiastic about her midweek crafting group at the Heretaunga Womens Centre. Focus and passion are the key ingredients here, too, even though papier-mache takes the place of dyna-bands and medicine balls. 

From the world of crafting, Paula then launches herself in zones decidedly more digital, with weekly attendance at her EIT computing course to consolidate and build on her e-acumen and cyber know-how.

An energetic, animated ten pin bowling session rounds out Paulas DRC living life connected week, and, to demonstrate her growing independence, she returns to the centre on the Paharakeke bus.

What a wonderful start to your time at DRC, Paula!

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Faith

Today we turn our attention to a hero who, while admittedly being one of the newer faces at DRC, has used her superpowers of energy, enthusiasm, independence, and song, to instantly make herself right at home - Faith!

With a passion for music and movement, and an appetite for performance supercharged by her participation in StarJam, Faiths time at DRC is tailor made to support and extend her interests.

Faiths week opens with a session of tai chi, a physical and mental workout that aims to foster increased energy and stamina, as well as improve physical balance, aerobic ability, and flexibility. 

The practice of tai chi, of course, also seeks to promote mindfulness, and to boost mood - the perfect way for any budding performer to kick off a busy week!

Music being to Faith as laughter is to DRC, song features early, and frequently, in Faiths busy days with us. Her strong, joyful voice is prominent, and integral within our vocal group, as well as our kapa haka sessions, where she is always the first to volunteer to solo.

And speaking of solo, Faiths love of independence, and freedom of movement, shows itself in her growing confidence in utilising public transport when travelling to and from her Friday ten-pin bowling sessions. 

Indeed, Faith could be said to be almost as passionate about bowling as she is about song. Well, almost!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Go faith keep it up

🎉🎉Yay Faith🎉🎉

Awesome.e Faith

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Midweek Superhero update.

The last time Richard Holmes took his share of the DRC Hero limelight, it was early December, and the Roosterman was singing up a summer storm during vocal group and kapa haka, and at our Friday movie club sessions!

A lot can change in half a year, and although the crooning is still a constant, Ricky has added a few feathers to his cap since summer, in the form of  exciting new activities.

A long standing acquaintance with tai chi has been rekindled - Richard attending our Monday sessions in search of the yin to balance out his yang (0r vice versa!).

Monday is indeed the perfect day to practice mindfulness, focus, and calm, as a little concentration goes a long way during a busy week.

Midweek is still a blur of fishing, ukulele group, bowling, and kapa haka, with Richard doing his best to bring the lessons of tai chi into the activities he so enjoys - to be in the moment, participate fully, and enjoy the richness of all these varied experiences.

The latter part of the week allows an opportunity to focus on others, as Richard participates in our Acts of Kindness group. Recently this meant turning his attention to our four legged pals, as healthy, DRC-made dog treats were pawed out at Pakowhai Dog Park.

A week that began with the mindfulness of tai chi closes in the weightlessness of Clive Pool, with a swimming session to reinvigorate and build strength.

Richard Holmes, a hero working hard to always be alert. Commendable stuff, Ricky - as this world truly needs all the lerts it can get!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Go the Richard Holmes you are the man always a pleasure every day different well done

And if the music ever breaks down their is always your humming

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Freedom

This week the mantle of DRC hero is passed to someone who is already very experienced in changing garb,  and wearing different hats. 

Exchanging the dobok and ti of taekwondo, for the costume of a StarJam performer is just weekly routine for Freedom, and thats without even touching on all that she gets up to in her busy days at DRC!

As you may have already guessed, martial arts are a passion for Freedom, and she is able to compliment her taekwondo schedule with a relaxing, focusing Monday morning session of yin and yang balancing, as part of our tai chi group.

Midweek brings focus of a far more culinary kind, as Freedom chops, dices, slices, and grates her way to a healthy and nourishing midday meal with our cooking collective.

Wednesday afternoons are where everything comes together, as Freedom continues her march towards mastering the ancient art of eight ball - a game, and a set of skills, at which her progress has been genuinely remarkable. In a matter of months Freedom has moved from tentative first steps, towards real confidence and ability. As for commitment, and enjoyment, these are always a given with Freedom!

Thursday mornings see Freedom donning yet another hat, one of leadership and expertise in our kapa haka group - wielding the long poi with skill, and singing with confidence and gusto.

Given all these roles and skills, and all these changes of hats, its really no surprise that, when asked what it is that she really enjoys the most about DRC, Freedom answers everything!.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Freedom, you have such a busy world, and you are always smiling 🌟

Great inspiration for others well done Freedom

Well done 👍 Freedom

This is an awesome shot of you Freedom

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Introducing this week’s DRC Sunday Superhero – Samuel.

Samuel sat down with Parvesh for a chat and this is Samuel’s story in his own words.
“I have been very busy.  I am volunteering at my Mum’s op shop Once upon a time and I enjoy it.

I like all of my activities like Creative Speech on Tuesdays with Robyn from Well Spoken Voice Coaching, and pool on Thursdays.

I like creative speech and I think I am doing really well.  I am working hard on getting my speech clearer stronger and with more expression in it.

I love my dog Tess and I love giving her a warm bath.

I enjoy cooking and I try to cook for my Mum sometimes.  Mum likes my cooking.

When I am at home, I help my Mum with cooking, gardening, house cleaning and washing.
I have started doing music in Napier on a Friday with Ella Bella.

What I’d really love to do is to volunteer helping old people, maybe in a rest home, because I really like helping them.  I am hoping someone out there might be able to help me with this”.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

PS: please contact us at DRC if you may be able to help Samuel find his perfect volunteer role.
06 873 8210

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Samuel you are such a ray of sunshine, every day.

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Midweek Super Hero update - Peter Cullwick

Peter took the stage as the DRC Sunday Super Hero in November last year, and earlier this week we caught up with Peter to see what has been happening in his world lately.

Peter told us that he is especially proud of being able to catch the bus with the other clients, and without the support of staff.  It has helped him feel independent and is opening up his world.

Ten Pin bowling continues to be an enjoyable activity and with Peters scores improving each week he has set himself a new goal of taking part in a tournament in the future.

We all know how much Peter enjoys being on the stage, and this was very evident at the recent StarJam disco where Peter was centre front in the spot light and had a great night.  Peter is also keen to take up drama classes in the future as well as taking part in the DRC Kapa Haka group.

Looks like its just going to keep getting busier for Peter!!!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Well done Peter keep up the super hero.

Peter always up for a challenge and that smile is captivating.

I'm always proud of everything u do..ur an amazing man

Awesome job Peter.

Awesome achievments

Well done 👍

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Holly

This week we have to work just a little bit harder to train our DRC Hero spotlight, as our hero in this instance is generally rather quiet. In fact shes often found these days enjoying time with a sensory toy, but theres a great deal more to her time at DRC than games and puzzles. If you havent already guessed, this week we focus on Holly, and some of the exciting new activities and experiences shes been taking part in.

Holly may have been making the most of all our new sensory gadgets and whatnots of late,  but shes also been making the most of our good weather, with long walks through our wonderful local parks being a particular focus. Green, leafy Queens Square is a clear favourite, with Holly relishing the opportunity to really stretch her legs in its gentle, level environs, and to enjoy all the rich natural experiences offered by this most dramatic of seasons.

Weekly trips to the library allow Holly to choose books that are just to her liking, and to enjoy the bustle of a special community hub. And, speaking of hubs, our own DRC nerve centre (the kitchen and dining room, of course!) is now the scene of Hollys Thursday cooking sessions with Eunice and John, and home made pizza was the very first item on the newly established menu.

Not content to just take part in preparing her own lunches, Holly enthusiastically participates in the distribution of a score of Friday dinners, as part of our fantastic Red Cross Meals on Wheels volunteer team.

Its a lot to pack into a couple of days at DRC, but Holly genuinely makes it all seem just like a walk in the park!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Well done holly

hey holly well done miss your smile xoxo

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Mid week superhero update - Aaron

Remember Aaron (one of our Sunday Super heros ) He has been very busy in his life working, doing 2 volunteer jobs, Tae Kwon Do and Ten Pin bowling on a Thursday and Saturday.

Aaron says he enjoys everything he does from planting trees,  supporting the people in Scopze  to helping with the YMCA after school care programs.  Aaron just likes helping people. He also enjoys his activities, Tae Kwon Do, where he has gained his 2nd Dan and 10 Pin bowling.

Aaron enjoys seeing old mates and catching up with them over lunch - usually a hot dog and  chips followed down by a coke.

Aaron is definitely living an every day life with every day people in every day places.

Aaron you are a star!!!

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Awesome Aaron.

Aaron is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met.

Always a gentleman with the biggest heart ❤

We are glad your our friend Aaron..proud of you👊Taekwon mate

Aaron is very helpful. Will set up frame and ball for my client who needs all the help he can get to make Ten Pin bowling fun.

Great guy Aaron proud to know you

Cool one my Bro

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Blair

This week our attention is focused fully on B1 - no, not a postcode in central Birmingham, but our own incomparable Blair Sanko!

Blairs weeks at DRC can be only described as a whirl of activity, and given that Blair has such an intrinsic interest in, and enthusiasm for serving our community, its no surprise that so much of what he does is built around helping others.

Mondays see Blair busy in his longstanding volunteer role with the Cancer Society, making sure their fleet vehicles are clean for all the important journeys they have to undertake throughout the week.

Cars are a passion for Blair, whose memory for any details - but particularly those relating to all things automobile - is legendary at DRC, so those who know him wont be in any way surprised to hear that each of the cars Blair and our team carefully clean is greeted, and treated,  like an old mate.

On our afternoon Discover Hawkes Bay forays, Blair is the first one to offer assistance or support to his peers, always playing a prominent role in these very rewarding learning experiences.

Blair also possesses a fine voice, and a keen sense of fun, and so is wonderfully equipped to contribute to our vocal group, ukulele, and kapa haka sessions.

Recent membership in our fishing crew has added yet another feather to Blairs cap, and hes taken to fine mornings in Ahuriri like a trout to a riffle. 

Blairs weeks are rounded out with yet another service focused activity - playing an integral role in our Acts of Kindness group, who are always on the lookout for ways to positively contribute to the day to day life of our community, and to the people who constitute it.

Sound your car horns please in appreciation of B1, a DRC hero indeed!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Blair, you are such a gentleman, and you are super helpful, you always make me smile with your thoughtfulness ⭐️

Blair is a lovely man has coffee with us at weekends takes an interest in our cars well done Blair

Blair is also my superhero 2nd cousin. Well done Blair love Doreen xx

Looking good Blair

Looking good Blair!

Sounds like your doing lots of exciting and awesome things Blair! Fantastic to hear. Keep up the great work 😊

Oh Blair one of my oldest mates at drc..u have always been amazing….

Just such a kind gentleman

Blair well done

Well done Blair

Go Blair proud of you Charles

Well done Blair, handsome, kind and helpful. A tribute to you and your parents. Friend in the summset village. Evelyn K.

Blair is our super hero also Pat and Richard Sanko

Gosh Blair you are so handsome Love Robyn & Eddie Prime xxoo

a gentle man for sure and oh for the sense of humor

Well done Blair. What a legend.

Congrats Blair on your superhero status from another of your cousins over in the U.K. We are very proud of you. Lorna xxxx

What a great achievement from you Blair..you have one of the best memory I’ve seen..also the best manners ..caring nature ..a credit to your Mum & Dad ….

They are with me too!

What a lovely photo Blair x

Well done Blair. Lovely photo. Love "Granny".

Hi blair

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Jess

Before DRC I was just hanging around, not doing much, playing with my dogs and I was bored with life.
 
Now that I have been with DRC for almost 2 years, I have been kept busy doing things I enjoy.  My favorite is 10 pin bowling Superstrike Hastings, and I am improving all the time, I also enjoy Swimming and Gym Complex Forme. I like swimming and have learnt not to be afraid of the water and have gained lots of water confidence. 

I also am learning Karate and are learning a lot there.
  
I also like playing pool and going shopping which is my most favorite pastime. 

I also do Creative Speech with Robyn from Well Spoken Voice Coaching who has taught me to speak clearly and that I have a voice which has given me confidence when socializing with my mates.

I am using the buses to go places, and this gives me independence. 

I love dancing and music and are currently going to StarJam, I just love it and its fun and I am happy there. 

I do have small volunteer job at DRC, from which I have learnt to stay focused on the job and commitment too. Hopefully, these life skills will help me find paid work in the future. I am so proud of my self with doing so well with my volunteer job. 

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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I think u have blossomed into a beautiful young woman.so proud how far u have come jess.u r so amazing.ur smile is beautiful keep being u..

Jess, I really appreciate your help in the mornings, you def make a difference to my day ⭐️

You are a blessing Jess, so proud of all you are participating in

You go Jess, you did awesome at the gym on Friday , with your rowing…😊

You have come so far Jess. I remember the day you signed up at complex forme. You always had a smile on your face and lots to chat about. Keep up the great work Jess.

Well done Jess👍👍

Awesome achievements jess keep the momentum going

Well done Jess

You are awesome Jess love having you at the gym Complex Forme. Keep up the positive attitude.

Well Done Jess. Your doing grate.

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