Another invaluable local institution has taken quick steps and made their way out of their bricks-and-mortar and onto the internet.

Thanks to an MSD Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant, the Heretaunga Women’s Centre is starting online classes for the term 2 timetable.

The online programme includes a mixture of activities, courses, and therapies, which are either free or for koha. The activities include a wide variety: meat free cooking, yoga, book club, mindfulness, and coping strategies as well as a caregiver café and Zen card readings.

Activities are for the most part ‘live’ via video meetings and are group sessions with other women.

“We knew we needed to provide activities and support for the women of Heretaunga. We play an important role in the community,” Says centre Manager Amanda Meynell.

“We have already received some great feedback too – women who live further away from the centre have said  for the first time they have been able to join in and participate, who knows, maybe this will continue even after lockdown for our rural women, or women facing challenges getting out”.

The Women’s Centre remains closed for face to face contact due to current lockdown conditions. The team are continuing to offer support to women via phone or video chat and counselling services.

For more information or if you would like to participate in any online classes or activities, head here.

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