Hoon Hay’s disability group needs help

HELPING: Left to right, Mrs Johnston helping Linda make cards. PHOTO: ARANUI HANDISCOPE FACEBOOK PAGE.

A Hoon Hay group which caters for people with disabilities may not survive without more volunteers.

Handiscope meets weekly and provides people with intellectual and physical disabilities facilities for craftwork, recreation and companionship.

Hoon Hay Handiscope supervisor Dot Johnston said the group only has three volunteers and that isn’t enough.

“We need volunteers to pour the cups of tea, clean dishes and make sandwiches,” she said.

“I would prefer to be in with the people, keeping an eye on what they’re doing, but I can’t because I have to be where I’m needed,” Mrs Johnston said.

She has been with the group for about 40 years and loves seeing how happy the people who come along are when they are socialising and making crafts.

There are five Handiscopes in Canterbury and Mrs Johnston said others, such as the one in Nelson, have had to close.

•If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, get in touch with Mrs Johnston on 942 8043. Hoon Hay Handiscope meet on Thursdays from 10am at the Halswell Domain rooms, Halswell Rd, Christchurch.