Loss and Grief Centre gets fresh supplies

Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill president Dariel Osborne (left) and member Gwenda Hodges donate morning and afternoon tea items to Loss and Grief Centre co-ordinator for Invercargill base Jasmine Stanley on Wednesday.

TWO cartons of grocery items were donated to the Loss and Grief Centre on Wednesday by Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill members.

Club president Dariel Osborne said the Invercargill Inner Wheel was part of an international women’s service organisation which promoted friendship and service, both locally and internationally.

The members were moved to donate the refreshment items after hearing centre director Caroline Loo speak at one of the club’s meetings late last year, she said.

“It is such a fantastic cause… such a need [for the services].”

Because of the impact of Covid-19 locally, the members had wondered if the centre needed a top-up of its hospitality supplies, including coffee, tea and milk for its drop-in services, Mrs Osborne said.

“At a recent club meeting, our members donated grocery items for the centre as this is a very busy time for them supporting people through a number of issues, such as grieving of a loved one, job loss or financial hardships which has all been magnified following the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Loss and Grief Centre co-ordinator for Invercargill base Jasmine Stanley said the donation “was timely with the support groups starting up again” after lockdown.

Miss Stanley said the centre’s support groups would return to “normal services” in July, including the Invercargill drop-in centre, support groups and all its rural support services.

The Invercargill support groups included pregnancy/stillborn loss, men’s, bereaved by suicide, parents of children with a disability, Christian, women’s and parents’.

Support groups were held at its Invercargill base at 49 Tay St, as well as in Winton, Te Anau, Gore and Mataura.

Services were planned to be established in Ohai in August, Miss Stanley said.

  • For more information about the centre and its services, phone Jasmine Stanley on 027 443 8788 or visit the centre at 49 Tay St, Invercargill.

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