Helping hands in Lincoln

by Anita Brockhouse

The Lincoln and Districts Community Care Association coordinates health and social services support for those in need in the wider Selwyn area from their base in Lincoln.

We have new purpose-built premises at 16 Lyttelton Street, Lincoln, and we cover the area from Selwyn River in the south and Sandy Knolls Road in the west, to the Hilltop Tavern in the east and Halswell Junction Road in the north.

We are privileged to have a large pool of volunteers who deliver most of our services.

If you would like to become one of our volunteers, please call us to discuss how you could become involved.

Services we provide for our community:

Meals on Wheels

A main meal and dessert delivered five days a week for subsidised and paying clients in certain areas. Hot or frozen meal options are available. All dietary needs catered for.

Selwyn Lead The Way

Free mentoring programme for those in Selwyn District. Trained volunteers work one on one to teach skills, eg vegetable growing, menu planning, cooking on a budget, budgeting, writing a CV, changing car tyres, knitting and sewing.

Lincoln Home Care and Share

Free, day care for isolated elderly —Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm. Trained volunteers run activities and organise outings. Morning and afternoon teas and a two-course meal are served. Clients can self-refer or request a referral from a health professional.

Senior Exercise Programme

Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am at the Recreation Centre, Lincoln University. The programme changes every three months. The group is very friendly, relaxed and supportive of new members. Register at our office for a modest annual sub. One session is offered as a free trial.

Pegasus Community Health Worker

Assistance with accessing health service entitlements, overcoming financial, language and transport/isolation barriers. This service is for those referred by general practice teams at Lincoln, Lincoln University, Rolleston, Templeton, Darfield and Leeston. To contact: email pcw@lincolncomcare.co.nz or phone 021 906 913.

Health Seminars

We host information workshops run by support groups — Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, heart, NZ sign language, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, dementia and stroke. Ongoing courses for groups like the Cancer Society and Arthritis Foundation are advertised locally.

Support for International People

Information seminars cover access to health services, safe driving, keeping warm in winter, cooking the kiwi way and sharing ethnic foods, tenancy regulations and community law issues.

Lincoln Walking Group

Meets every Tuesday/Wednesday with an interesting and varied programme. This group is very social and welcoming to new members. Some walks are around Lincoln; others venture further afield to discover new places. Programme on our website or pick up a copy from reception.

Brolly (continence) Products

A range of items available to support families to manage their continence issues. We have sheets in a variety of sizes and colours; quilted mattress protectors in a range of sizes; quilted pillow protectors and chair pads. Items are soft and comfortable, easy to launder, have a 12-month guarantee and all prices are competitive.

Referrals to Support Services

We can refer those in need to additional support such as budgeting services, counsellors, home handymen, driving to appointments and mental health services.

Driver Mentoring

We have a minimally-costed mentoring programme to assist young or new drivers’ progress from their learners to their restricted licence through practice with a trained, experienced mentor — this can also include formal driver instruction in some situations.

Steady as you go (SAYGo)

Falls prevention exercise classes improve your balance, mobility, strength, general fitness and wellbeing. Classes are held every week for one hour from 1.30pm on Wednesdays at our Community Centre, $2 a class. No need to book, just come along.

Visiting Services

Would you or someone you know like a friendly visitor for an hour a week at no cost? 

We can match you with a trained volunteer who visits you one-on-one in your home to share a cuppa and friendly conversation. Clients can self-refer or request a referral from a health professional.

Equipment Hire

We have wheelchairs, walking frames, crutches, toilet seats, commodes as well as a high chair and porta cot, for hire at very reasonable rates for short-term use, eg for visiting family or on discharge from hospital. Just contact the office.

Room Hire

Our Lincoln Rotary meeting room holds up to 40 people. Set up with a large screen and projector, urn, fridge and cooking equipment. It is available for hire on any day or evening of the week. 

Refer to our website for details; call the office for bookings.