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Headway News - February 2021

Happy New Year to Everyone. I hope you all enjoyed a great break over the Summer. We are so lucky in New Zealand to be able to get out and about. However, it’s important to stay safe and keep everyone around us safe. I believe the new Summer slogan is “Slip, Slop, Slap, Scan and Sanitise.’

Let’s keep on doing our part to keep COVID out of our communities, so we can keep on doing the things we enjoy.

On that note, Headway is back up and running after the break. Current activities are: Art on Mondays, Tai Chi on Tuesdays, TBI group 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month,  Headway Harmonies on Thursdays, and Friends on Friday. Keep an eye on newsletters or call us to check on times and any cancellations.

We would love some more budding singers for Headway Harmonies. There’s no need to feel shy. Come along to a choir session and see what it’s like. Making music with Emma and our current singers is simply the best.

Our first event of the year is the annual picnic. Please come along and join us on 21 February at Long Bay.

Headway is looking forward to an exciting and productive 2021. Do come along, join us and be part of our warm and welcoming community.

Best wishes
Ruth

It's All About Alison.

Since 1981, Alison has been a consistent face of the Brain Injury Association, Auckland. She is a greatly valued and admired member of the Headway, Brain Injury Association Auckland team and part of the Brain Injury Association NZ Liaison Officers team.

After nearly 40 years of dedicated service to the association, Alison has recently retired from her regular role as Liaison Officer and is now preparing for some time to enjoy retirement.

We know that she will not be far away and is in fact still keeping her ties with Headway in a few areas. So her smile and supporting nature will still grace the halls of Headway House.

We wish Alison all the best for some special time to spend some time on personal activities and relaxation.

New Zealander of the Year Awards, 2021

There are plans ahead to celebrate Alison and we are absolutely delighted to finally be able to announce her latest success. The Headway community is so excited and very proud of Alison as she has been announced as a Semi-Finalist of the 2021 Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year and has also been awarded a 2021 Kiwibank Local Hero Award. 

Congratulations Alison! - A very deserving recipient of these awards and we look forward to more news in March following the Gala Awards evening.

To read more about Alison's award success please follow this link: NZer of the Year Awards 2021.

Breakfast TV Special Guest Appearance

Alison will be interviewed on TVNZ's Breakfast on ONE show on Monday 1st February 2021. We do not have the time yet, but be sure to tune in to see Alison Live on Breakfast TV.

We are so excited to announce that Alison McLellan has been named a Semi Finalist for the 2021 Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year and has also been awarded a 2021 Kiwibank Local Hero Award. 

Events

Headway Family Picnic - Sunday 2st February

A reminder to make sure you RSVP with numbers to help us finalise bus hire and provide catering by FRIDAY 5th February.

email : Julie@headway.org.nz 
phone : Julie on 09 520 4807 or  Michael on 021 564348

We are looking forward to a wonderful day filled with fun activities, food and friendship. All family, whanau are invited, but please let us know the numbers, so we can ensure there are enough sausages to sizzle.

Activities:

Headway House is OPEN now and we have a busy schedule of activities in the coming months. So we look forward to seeing you at one or more of these in the near future.
Please note - we will be CLOSED for the 2 "holiday" Monday's - 1st and 8th February. 

Headway Harmonies

PLEASE NOTE - There will be NO Headway Harmonies on Thursday 4th or 11th February. 
We will be starting again on THURSDAY 18th FEBRUARY.

Tai Chi for Wellbeing

Tai Chi for Wellbeing may be done standing or sitting down, is relaxing and helps calm the mind, also social and fun. This form of Tai Chi was developed by Dr Paul Lam who initially developed 'Tai Chi for Arthritis and falls prevention', and works well with any physical ability. 

Come to class wearing comfortable clothing (easy to move in) and bring a bottle of water.

Starting Tuesday 2nd February 2021, Tai Chi for Wellbeing will run EVERY Tuesday 10.30am-12pm with Pauline.

Art Workshops with Juliana

Art with Juliana will start again on MONDAY 15th FEBRUARY, 10.30am-12pm Mondays. 

Support Groups:

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Group caters for any person with brain injury, both men and women. Held at Headway House, please feel free to come along.
Held on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesday MONTHLY.

February Dates: 3rd and 17th February. 

Our North Shore Women's Group meets monthly on the FIRST Thursday at 10am.
Next meeting on Thursday 4th February.

Our Women's Group meets monthly on the SECOND Thursday at 10am.
Next meeting on Thursday 11th February. 

The Spouses' and Carers' Group meet on the FIRST Wednesday of each month at Headway House and welcome you to join for an evening of shared friendship and support.
The first group meeting for 2021 will be Wednesday 3rd February.