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 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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Introducing this week’s 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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You are awesome Jess love having you at the gym Complex Forme. Keep up the positive attitude.

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

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..

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

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

Well done Jess👍👍

Awesome achievements jess keep the momentum going

Well done Jess

Well Done Jess. Your doing grate.

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Super Hero - Hayden

Hayden has been with DRC since 2017 and describes himself as a funny but nice person. This is confirmed by one of his DRC peers who says Hayden is a nice fella and sometimes very cheeky. 

Hayden lives in his own flat with support. He enjoys living in his flat and he does his own housework (cheeky grin appears), he also enjoys watching movies and being on his play station.

When Hayden is not at his flat he can be found at the Little Aubyn Theater rehearsing for their production of Ali Baba and 40 thieves. Hayden says he is playing YAK (one of the thieves). In fact, by the time you are reading this Hayden will have just completed the last of the four performances of Ali Baba. One of Hayden’s favourite past times is being involved in stage productions. He was in the production Battle of the Catwalk presented by DRC and Idea Services.

Hayden is into helping his community and holds down two volunteer jobs. One with the Habitat big Op Shop and he has just started volunteering at the Environmental Centre where he can be found destroying (dismantling) old computers etc.

Hayden is also doing a computer tech course through EIT, learning all about social media and how to use it safely and securely. He enjoys the course immensely.  

Hayden is a regular church goer and is part of a youth group, and especially enjoys catching up with all his friends and staff when he drops into DRC for a visit.

Haydens world is busy one, but he sure is having a load of fun!!

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Super Hero – Hayden

Hayden has been with DRC since 2017 and describes himself as a funny but nice person. This is confirmed by one of his DRC peers who says Hayden is a nice fella and sometimes very cheeky.

Hayden lives in his own flat with support. He enjoys living in his flat and he does his own housework (cheeky grin appears), he also enjoys watching movies and being on his play station.

When Hayden is not at his flat he can be found at the Little Aubyn Theater rehearsing for their production of Ali Baba and 40 thieves. Hayden says he is playing YAK (one of the thieves). In fact, by the time you are reading this Hayden will have just completed the last of the four performances of Ali Baba. One of Hayden’s favourite past times is being involved in stage productions. He was in the production ‘Battle of the Catwalk’ presented by DRC and Idea Services.

Hayden is into helping his community and holds down two volunteer jobs. One with the Habitat big Op Shop and he has just started volunteering at the Environmental Centre where he can be found destroying (dismantling) old computers etc.

Hayden is also doing a computer tech course through EIT, learning all about social media and how to use it safely and securely. He enjoys the course immensely.

Hayden is a regular church goer and is part of a youth group, and especially enjoys catching up with all his friends and staff when he drops into DRC for a visit.

Hayden’s world is busy one, but he sure is having a load of fun!!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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You are awesome dude proud of what you achieve keep it up

You come along way Hayden. Keep up the fantastic work.

You go Hayden…..

Awesome 👏

What a busy young man good on you.

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This is the DRC Midweek Super Hero Update for Mark,  who featured as the DRC Sunday Super Hero on 1 November 2020.

We last caught up with Mark right at the beginning of the summer, a busy time during which he was consolidating the new experiences, opportunities, and activities on offer since his winter move to Scopze.

The ensuing months have been immensely testing ones for Mark and his family. We would like to acknowledge this fact, while also acknowledging the remarkable, inspiring resilience, and indefatigable positivity Mark blesses us with every single day.

As we move into the latter stages of autumn, Mark continues to make a blur of his busy weeks, always putting a hundred percent into whatever activity he takes part in.

Our Discover Hawkes Bay group has made recent visits to Te Mata Mushrooms, Arataki Honey, and the Robin whanaus beautiful orchards at Clive, and Mark has played a leading role in each of these rewarding outings.

Under the ever-knowledgeable tutelage of our own Antoinette, Mark has learnt how, where, and when to best cut and collect harakeke.

Mark continues to take a keen interest in our fishing groups Tuesday forays. Always well organised, he displays the optimism and enthusiasm of the true angler!

Fridays may just be the busiest days of Marks week, with his volunteer role with the Red Cross Meals on Wheels service continuing, and an ever competitive game of pool to follow.

No slowing down for our Mark, whatever the season!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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This is the DRC Midweek Super Hero Update for Mark, who featured as the DRC Sunday Super Hero on 1 November 2020.

We last caught up with Mark right at the beginning of the summer, a busy time during which he was consolidating the new experiences, opportunities, and activities on offer since his winter move to Scopze.

The ensuing months have been immensely testing ones for Mark and his family. We would like to acknowledge this fact, while also acknowledging the remarkable, inspiring resilience, and indefatigable positivity Mark blesses us with every single day.

As we move into the latter stages of autumn, Mark continues to make a blur of his busy weeks, always putting a hundred percent into whatever activity he takes part in.

Our ‘Discover Hawke’s Bay’ group has made recent visits to Te Mata Mushrooms, Arataki Honey, and the Robin whanau’s beautiful orchards at Clive, and Mark has played a leading role in each of these rewarding outings.

Under the ever-knowledgeable tutelage of our own Antoinette, Mark has learnt how, where, and when to best cut and collect harakeke.

Mark continues to take a keen interest in our fishing group’s Tuesday forays. Always well organised, he displays the optimism and enthusiasm of the true angler!

Fridays may just be the busiest days of Mark’s week, with his volunteer role with the Red Cross’ ‘Meals on Wheels’ service continuing, and an ever competitive game of pool to follow.

No slowing down for our Mark, whatever the season!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

Comment on Facebook

Always smiling, Mark you are amazing!!

Awesome Mark keep up that energy

Ur the man mark.ur so kool.

Well done Mark, great to be out fishing, hopefully you caught a fish for your tea tonight.

That bird was waiting for some fish to be given to him too

A bright shining star😀

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

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

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..

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

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

Well done Jess👍👍

Awesome achievements jess keep the momentum going

Well done Jess

Well Done Jess. Your doing grate.

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This is the DRC Midweek Super Hero Update for Mark,  who featured as the DRC Sunday Super Hero on 1 November 2020.

We last caught up with Mark right at the beginning of the summer, a busy time during which he was consolidating the new experiences, opportunities, and activities on offer since his winter move to Scopze.

The ensuing months have been immensely testing ones for Mark and his family. We would like to acknowledge this fact, while also acknowledging the remarkable, inspiring resilience, and indefatigable positivity Mark blesses us with every single day.

As we move into the latter stages of autumn, Mark continues to make a blur of his busy weeks, always putting a hundred percent into whatever activity he takes part in.

Our Discover Hawkes Bay group has made recent visits to Te Mata Mushrooms, Arataki Honey, and the Robin whanaus beautiful orchards at Clive, and Mark has played a leading role in each of these rewarding outings.

Under the ever-knowledgeable tutelage of our own Antoinette, Mark has learnt how, where, and when to best cut and collect harakeke.

Mark continues to take a keen interest in our fishing groups Tuesday forays. Always well organised, he displays the optimism and enthusiasm of the true angler!

Fridays may just be the busiest days of Marks week, with his volunteer role with the Red Cross Meals on Wheels service continuing, and an ever competitive game of pool to follow.

No slowing down for our Mark, whatever the season!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

Comment on Facebook

Always smiling, Mark you are amazing!!

Awesome Mark keep up that energy

Ur the man mark.ur so kool.

Well done Mark, great to be out fishing, hopefully you caught a fish for your tea tonight.

That bird was waiting for some fish to be given to him too

A bright shining star😀

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Waretini

DRC is a place that is full of music.

We sing together in our vocal group, we are led - in our ever enthusiastic ukulele ensemble - by the fantastically talented Antoinette, and we gather each week to try and do justice to our repertoire of beautiful waiata.

There is, perhaps, no one at DRC who loves music more, or who takes more obvious and extreme delight in the performance of waiata, haka, or poi, than Waretini.

For Waretini music seems genuinely to be a language in itself. And to reflect this deep love of music, he possesses a clear, pure, singing voice, capable of impressive range, and the ability to pick up new melodies and lyrics with amazing speed and accuracy.

Our kapa haka sessions would simply not be complete without the inclusion of Waretinis favourites, and he greets the return of each of these waiata as you would the return of a dear friend.

Music is also the fuel that helps drive our current focus on Tinis fitness and mobility, with tunes and words helping to power our Friday morning walks, and to ease Waretinis progress towards building up a sweat.

Continuing the theme of activity, with our ten pin sessions having switched to Thursday afternoons, Waretini brings the same concentration he lavishes on waiata to the bowling lanes, with consistently excellent results.

And, of course, it just wouldnt be ten frames of bowling with Tini without the inclusion of a song, or three, or more...

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Kia Ora Waretini, awesome work ⭐️

Awesome waratini keep it up

So enjoyed reading this Waretini!!

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This week we caught up with Kiel to see how things are going for him since we featured Kiel as our Sunday Superhero in October last year.

Kiel said things are tracking along nicely.  Kiel loves his routine and enjoys being able to make choices for himself.

Kiel has increased his personal best score in ten pin and still very much enjoys preparing and presenting his bi-weekly radio show on Radio Kidnappers.

Did you know that Kiel has a pet budgie?  Bart is a green budgie and has been a big part of Kiels world since Kiel first bought him home from Pet Essentials 10 years ago.  Barts constant chatter is very entertaining to Kiel, and great company too.

Kiel is also the keeper of a wealth of knowledge, everything dogs!!!  His favourite canines are the English Springer Spaniel and the Weimaraner and one day in the future, Kiel hopes to be able to have his very own canine companion.

Kiel enjoys helping prepare his evening meal.  And like the majority of blokes, Kiel is keen on the preparation, cooking and consuming of the meal..... but as for doing the dishes..... best we leave that there!!!

Keep up the great work Kiel, you are amazing!!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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You are amazing Kiel, I can’t believe how much you know about dogs 🐕

Definitely you to a tee Kiel anout the love of dogs. The love that you share with dogs on your path as you walk about town and that includes my brothers little pooch Alfie. Yeah Kiel keep doing what you love

This guy is so nice to talk to see him in town alot love seeing him as hes a very independent bloke and does his own thing 😀👏👍

You are doing so well with all the new skills you have achieved

I ran into Kiel in town once with my dog and we had a great ole chat about all sorts Doggy related . Kiel is a fount of knowledge

Oh ur so amazing Kiel.

Wow sounds fantastic especially Bart the budgie 😊

You are amazing kiel 👍

Hey there. Just wondered who the main person to speak to at disability resource is. I have someone who might be interested in coming along. Thx

Monique Kairau

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Susan

As a child I watched Mary Poppins so many times I suffered from a condition with my sight, English comedian Milton Jones once confessed, Umdiddleiddleiddleumdiddle Eye.

This weeks DRC Hero is a woman who relishes a good - or (even better!) bad joke - and who would laugh freely and outrageously at the above. She is also the originator of many a witty turn of phrase, nickname, and glorious absurdity. A woman with a great gift for friendship, owner of a cat who just doesnt know how good she has it (more of that later!) and possessor, hands down, of the best laugh at DRC - the one and only Susan Scott!

Susan joins us three days a week, direct from the leafy environs of Parkvale, leaving her very spoiled (and sometimes slightly astray) cat, Nina, to gather strength for further midnight exploration. 

Putting a wealth of life-skills to work in the DRC kitchen, Susan can be found, midweek, in sous-chef guise, turning out the best value lunches in town with our cooking group. 

Susans gift for humour is just as evident in the kitchen as it is on our Discover Hawkes Bay forays, during which she takes the lead in finding meaning, and absurdity, in all that our region has to offer. 

We have yet to come across Nina on one of our Monday afternoon trips, but its probably only a matter of time!

Tuesday afternoons see Susan in the company of Robyn from Well Spoken, their group working together to increase personal confidence, boost memory, and polish articulation. After all, a good joke doesnt tell itself!

Susan is also a keen competitor, joining us for pool at Clubs Hastings, a game at which her skill and self-belief have increased incredibly over the last year. Even Nina would marvel at the change.

The tiddlers of Ahuriri have lately felt this competitive side too, with Susans angling abilities coming on leaps and dives thanks to our Tuesday fishing group. You cant help thinking, however, the one that got away is just the kind of punchline, come dinner time, that Nina would not see any humour in at all!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Awesome Susan!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Susan I love having a laugh with you. I enjoy our laughs when thing go a bit wrong. haha. You really are one of the Best

Yay Susie Q 🙂

And of course … Susan and Nina ❤️❤️

Awesome Susan 👍🤩

Susan sounds like a good sort . Keep on joking Susan 🤣✅

Amazing review Susan ….👍

Well done, Susan!

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Sunday Superhero Midweek Update...... Tony

The last time we checked in on our DRC hero Tony, he had just started learning how to navigate his way around all those tricky tasks and machines in the laundry. The aim was not just to hang out and look cool at the local laundromat - like all those 80s Levis ads - but to increase Tonys confidence in his ability to assist at home, and in this manner to support him to be just that little bit more independent. 

Well, we can inform you that, many washer loads later, Tony has begun to get laundry down to a fine (and soapy!) art - the whites undeniably whiter, the colours categorically brighter, and a real sense of achievement present every time a load is folded and ready for reuse. 

On the sporting front, golf lessons continue under the expert eye of GABE Whincop GOLF, and with the enthusiastic input of our own Allen. The positive effect of all this coaching is evident at our midweek sessions on the driving range, with Tonys stamina, coordination, power and confidence all markedly improved.

Tonys love of music, and of Tikanga Maori, continues to shine and to be refined through passionate practice and participation. He and the other tane in our kapa haka ensemble have taken on the performance of the legendary Ngati Toa haka, Ka Mate, and Tony continues to sing his other solo parts with great feeling and fervour.

For Tony, its all another series of steps forwards, and upwards, just as in the timeless words of Te Rauparaha - Ā, upane! ka upane! / Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Way to go Tony 🙂

I couldn’t be more proud of you my nephew love you to the moon and back Tony bones🤙

Looking great Tony!!! 😊

Such a beautiful smile tony..ur so amazing

Tony Watene tha mantis

Thats awesome Tony!Have a good day x

Go tony

Shot bro ! 🙋‍♀️✅

Awesome Tony

Woohoo.. Go Tony

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero

This week our DRC Hero spotlight is trained on Andrew, our always well-mannered, sociable, sporty hero with a heart of country gold.

Andrews Central Hawkes Bay roots have equipped him with a real love of sports, the outdoors, family, and a good days work. During his time with us he packs in as many activities as possible, excelling at ten pin, pool, and mini-golf. Andrew also has a real passion for tennis and cricket, and is always keen to support his kin in their sporting endeavors, getting up early on winter days to watch his brother perform on the footy field.

Andrew has also spent many enjoyable hours training at Kupa International Martial Arts, and puts the resulting increased lung capacity to good use loudly and passionately supporting his beloved Magpies when theyre home at McLean Park.

Never to be a man confined to a single enthusiasm, Andrew wears his love for country music on his sleeve, his deep affection for the late country superstar Mr Charley Pride (who was also, by the way, a professional baseball player - as Andrew will be only too happy to tell you over a cup of tea!) knows no bounds.

Andrew is also a man who loves to roll said sleeves up, and is never happier than when contributing to tasks at home, whether that means splitting firewood, gardening, getting in the groceries, or just keeping the place spick and span.

A doting uncle to his nieces and nephews, and a gentleman all round, sing a couple of lines from Charley Prides Burgers and Fries when you next pass Andrew in the hallway, and youll be rewarded with a towering smile!

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Well you are quite the man these days along time has passed since we were seen on the gold coast eating a very hearty breakfast at the board walk You are still a go getter

What a lovely write up for a lovely guy. Was so nice meeting up with you all last year.

Wow! what a man of many achievements. A truly beautiful tribute to you Andrew.

Oh how wonderful dear Andrew. Congratulations for so many amazing qualities and achievements. 🤩

Well done Andrew, what an awesome young man you are reflecting your family's interest in anything sporty.

You are a legend Andy! Great stuff x

Well done Andrew that’s awesome keep up your Enthusiasm with what you love doing ❤️

Awesome Andy Pandy enjoy our Wednesday 10 pin men's group day

Oh dear Andrew you are a such a super star! We are SO proud of you!xx💕💕💕

Awesome write up, captured Andy perfectly. Well done Andy & team Donald. Straight to the pool room!

What a treasure you have in your Andrew, he really lives life to the full.

Lovely to see you Andrew. Give us a call next time you are home and I will try and pop over. Xoxo

I love this! You’re amazing Andrew!!!! Miss that smile. I might have to pop over and say hi soon xx

Andrew, you always make me smile, you are amazing!!! ⭐️

What an awesome guy!!

Well done Andrew 😊

A lovely story about Andrew, Steph.

Andrew. My main man.

Yay Andy you are such a cool dude.💜

Andy that's a lovely write up about you. I am feeling very proud to be your cousin. 🥰

Amazing story Steph and lovely to read, you must all be very proud xx

Lovely to read about Andrew what a great guy xx

Steph Donald Rebecca Caldwell Hamish Donald Carey Jamieson Donald

Good write up Andy!

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This weeks DRC hero story - Lewey.
Lewey is a very busy man; he works for Mr Apple 3 days a week 🍎, he continues to participate in Speech Craft which is supporting him to develop his communication skills, and he plays pool with a group of friends; and that’s just his basic Monday to Friday. 

Lewey likes to eat healthily and looks after himself through getting out and about walking and biking 🚴‍♂️, canoeing, he enjoys darts and golf 🏌️, participates at the gym weekly, and he loves to dance too. He’s creative and great at art and will develop this talent further in 2021 🎨, he’s a big sports fan and enjoys watching it both live and on TV. The 36th America’s Cup was a highlight for him this past week ⛵. Lewey went overseas to Argentina in 2018 for the International Taekwon-Do competition he has many medals 🥇 and awards🏆 for his achievements in this sport and currently holds his green belt 🥋. His talents don’t end there, he likes to bake when he can as well 🍪.

On the weekends he socialises with others through events and seeing local places of interest to him. 

He takes control of his life in all areas possible and feels good when he makes his own decisions.

Way to go Lewey. 

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Great work Lewey 💯

Keep it up lewey you are awesome

Way to go Lewey..You Rock🥋🥋

Just awesome Lewey. You are amazing

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Introducing this weeks DRC Superhero - Barry

Barry, our Sunday Superhero this week is a gentleman of impeccable manners, who takes his responsibilities very seriously both towards others at DRC and his family and friends.  Family is very important to Barry and he loves spending time with his niece’s children during holiday times, especially at the beach at Waimarama.
Barry has been with DRC for a number of years and in this time has amassed many good friends with his kind heart, helpful nature and flair for the dramatic.  Barry is always ready for good party and looks forward to dressing up for the Halloween discos, and If it’s a costume party -  that’s even better. 
In the last four years, Barry has volunteered for the Red Cross ‘Meals on Wheels’ delivery runs and has developed strong relationships with the people he delivers to. His caring nature shines through and this shows with the conversations he has with the ‘Meals on Wheels’ recipient’s.
Barry is a very talented actor and musician.  He plays a mean tune on the mouth organ, was on stage in the DRC/Idea Services production of ‘Battle of the Catwalk” and has recently started learning to play the ukulele.  His creativity does not stop there, he has had his creations entered into the A&P show woodwork section, where he placed 2nd. 
Barry is an enthusiastic participant of golf and ten pin as well as being a keen fisherman.  He loves to join in at Kapa Haka and shows his sensitive side when helping others
To us at DRC Barry is a true hero and we all look forward to seeing what Barry will come up with next.

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Thats a great little cottage and you are awesome!!

You are awesome Barry

Always a pleasure bazza

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We introduced Blair late last year, a DRC hero who has experienced some really profound changes since joining our service - the most striking of which was moving into his own flat.

In the ensuing months, Blair has continued to fine tune those personal touches around his living space. One example of this is the addition of a set of corner shelves he produced - with the support of  DRCs own resident handy-person, Roy - that now take pride of place in his kitchen.

Back on the DRC front, Blair has continued to bring the stories of prominent New Zealanders with links to the Hastings district, to Radio Kidnappers listeners. Recently he has finished a look at William Colenso, and has started a new series focusing on New Zealand Victoria Cross winners.

Volunteer work with the Cancer Society continues, with a great effort put in each and every Monday. 

Mondays also bring a chance to widen our local experiences and knowledge, as we Explore Hawkes Bay together, and Blair always takes a prominent part in these forays, most recently joining us on our tour of Te Mata Mushrooms.

Blair is also making outstanding progress with his fitness, taking an active part in our Tuesday walking groups, and not just putting a full ninety minute non-stop effort into our weekly gym group sessions, but walking to and from Complex Forme as well!

But a man cannot live on gym alone, and Blairs sandwich making skills ensure that he does not have to, with a healthy lunch prepared every morning - and lately featuring the wonderful tomatoes and herbs that he and Roy have tended to all summer.

And now, before anyone accuses Blair of being all gym, and no arts and culture, it must be noted that he still finds time to take part in our vocal ensemble, attend creative speech, and solo in our kapa haka group.

Add in a laid back round of mini golf, and a couple of confident games of pool, and youve got yourself a busy old week, Blair Tonkin style!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Good on you Blair Sounds very good for yourself and the community

Well done Blair improving every day

Way to go Blair. You are looking so well. Keep up the all round good work.

U r so amazing Blair.ur smile is so beautiful..well done on the shelf..u r great

Blair, you never cease to amaze me!!

Good on you Blair, well done 😊

Blair you continue to astound me.

Well done.

Really proud of you Blair

Blair you look so well!!! Great work!

So cool Blair

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This weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Taylor

Introducing Taylor our Facebook hero for this week. Taylor has worked very hard on his fitness in the last year, despite being in lockdown. Taylor goes to the gym practically every day, except for his rest day - Sunday. Taylor has lost weight, gained muscle, and improved his fitness which has made him feel better and stronger. 
One of Taylors goals is to get out in the community more and to ‘give back’ by helping others. He has applied to do volunteer work at Habitat and hopefully will soon be joining their group of volunteers. The ultimate goal for Taylor is to get paid work and he is working hard at upskilling his literacy and numeracy to improve his employment opportunities.
 Taylor enjoys socializing, he likes catching up with his mates and playing pool at the local club. 
Last November Taylor joined Chris, Aimee and Daniel on the road trip to Palmerston North and he really enjoyed himself.  One of the highlights for Taylor was the chance to have a great look around the Palmy CBD.

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Go Taylor set those standards for others to follow

Way to go Taylor a future star I am sure Set goals and go for it remember if it starts getting easy add a little weight

Good on yet Taylor I need to follow your example.

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