Eastern Courier : February 11th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS or Apartment Living At Its Best Let someone else look after the lawn and garden and just enjoy the view. Smart buying for someone looking for a low maintenance property with elevated park views as a bonus. Close to transport and the Botany Town Center what more do you need. Call to view before its too late. EXCLUSIVE $359,000 View By Appointment www.harveys.co.nz ID# PAK6658 Contact Simon Mansfield m. 021546909 Anita Mansfield m. 027 243 2887 Papakura Office 09 298 4000 Southern Suburbs Realty Ltd MREINZ -LicensedAgent-REAA2008 Keep kids safe from outdoor poisons Have fun outdoors in the summer months but be careful, say Plunket and the National Poisons Centre. Keep children safe this summer by re- membering to keep poisons out of sight, out of reach and out of mouths. If in doubt call the National Poisons Cen- tre,'' National Poisons Centre director Dr Wayne Temple says. Teach your child not to put anything from the garden in their mouth because some plants and soil contain poisons. Many garden products and pool chemicals are highly poisonous too, including fertilisers and pesticides. They must be kept in a high lockable cupboard that cannot be reached by climbing. Keep poisonous liquids in their original con- tainer, never store them in soft drink bottles. If you suspect a poisoning or need advice on poisons, call the National Poisons Centre on 0800 POISON (0800-764-766). Go to www.poisons.co.nz or www.plunket.org.nz for more information. The joy and rewards of being a volunteer Language no barrier: Rosemary Laing is helping a Syrian woman to increase her confidence and independence. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Learning language skills can change a life. Volunteer English tutor Rosemary Laing has seen a dramatic transformation in a Syrian woman she has been helping for the past two years. I've been able to make quite a big difference for her. She was lacking in confi- dence and had been pretty seriously depressed.'' Mrs Laing says the woman who is in her late 30s spent many years stuck inside with no contact at all. So I've been able to help her to use the phone and pub- lic transport and she's prac- tising to get her driver's licence and wants to go to community education classes.'' Mrs Laing says she was looking for a volunteering role to take on and through English Language Partners she found the perfect one for her. I'd been looking around for something new and interes- ting to do and when you help other people you often get back far more than you give.'' She says she has developed a great relationship with her learner. I spent a lot of time learn- ing about her, talking about family matters and health and food.'' Mrs Laing sometimes takes her language lessons to the kitchen to teach her learner how to cook different foods. The appreciation she expresses crosses the language barrier. Icanseeitinherface-- she smiles a lot now and is always keen to see me. She talks to her family every few weeks and they have told her her voice has changed, that she sounds happier on the phone.'' English Language Partners provides English language tuition and settlement sup- port to adult refugees and migrants. The organisation needs more volunteers who are required to give as little as one hour a week of their time. Recruits attend a training programme that covers cul- tural awareness, different learning styles and needs, and teaching English in the context of everyday life. The next training course starts on February 18 and runs for five consecutive Fridays from 9.30am to 2pm at the Uxbridge Creative Centre. Another weekend course starts on May 7 at Manukau Institute of Technology. For more information go to www.englishlanguage.org.nz or phone 278-9099.
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