Get out there and get involved!
Nowadays, with so much that you can do online at a time that suits you, there seems less and less reason to get out of the house and join in an activity with a group of like-minded people. Yet for our physical, social and mental well-being, face to face communication and outdoor activity cannot be beaten.
We invited clubs and organisations to feature this month because of our own experience of clubs and our belief that they enrich our communities immeasurably.
Our children have grown up travelling the back blocks of New Zealand in ancient military vehicles as part of our membership of the NZ Military Vehicle Club. Some had their first driving experiences in WWII Jeeps. They have made friends in a club that spans four generations. We would never have enjoyed these benefits just sitting at home.
We are also really grateful that someone recommended Scouts for our active twin boys when they were 10. It’s an incredibly good way to experience teamwork, active participation, outdoors and values.
You and your children have lots of options to fill your valuable time. What excites and interests you? Every single interest, sport and hobby imaginable has a group that does it.
So, get out there and get involved!
Connecting People and Place
EcoMatters Environment Trust supports the community with the knowledge and tools to restore nature, reduce waste, ride and fix bikes, and live more sustainably.
We have a wide range of regular, hands-on environmental volunteer sessions to suit all interests, right across West Auckland and beyond.
For direct connection with nature, there are weekly planting, community nursery and organic gardening sessions where both regular and one-off volunteers are welcome.
Our resource recovery depot is looking for people to assist with its waste minimisation projects, all with the goal of reusing and recycling items, rather than sending them to landfill.
For those who are more mechanically minded, we now have three community Bike Hubs across Auckland, in New Lynn, Henderson and Glen Innes. Volunteers here help restore bikes and teach visitors basic bike maintenance skills.
To find out more visit www.ecomatters.org.nz/volunteer
Girl Guiding: Growing Great Girls
Central West Guiding covers Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay, Avondale, New Windsor, Lynfield, Hillsborough and Mt Roskill. We have grown so much that we are opening a brand-new guide unit and we now have room for girls of all ages and stages to join. We have room for Pippins (aged 5-6), Brownies (aged 7-8), Guides (aged 9-12) and Rangers (aged 12-17).
Our weekly meetings include a range of activities designed to challenge, inspire and empower our young women of today and our current and future leaders. The girls get to experience many engaging and fun activities, from camping and orienteering, to building robots, planting trees and scavenger hunts, that help them to grow and develop their innate potential. To find out more about what our Guides get up to, go to www.girlguidingnz.org.nz/what-girls-actually-do-in-girlguiding
If you'd like to get involved with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you get started.
Friendship, enthusiasm and service
The Inner Wheel Club of Mt Roskill is a small group of enthusiastic ladies known for their friendliness and service to others and is part of the NZ-wide and the International Inner Wheel organization, one of the largest women’s service voluntary organisations in the world.
Personal service is a top priority and members enjoy working together to find many ways to carry out projects in their local community.
Fun and friendship are important to our club and members come from all over Auckland to our meetings held at Selwyn Heights Village, 42 Herd Road, Royal Oak on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.
Enthusiastic ladies wishing to join us can be assured of a very warm welcome.
Lions: “We Serve”
Guided by the motto “We Serve”, Lions are a group of people who together help make local and global communities a better place.
Since 1977 Blockhouse Bay Lynfield Lions Club has been a local chapter of Lions Clubs International which has delivered 103 years of service and has 47,000 clubs in 200+ countries.
In their 42 years the club has delivered countless valued community projects such as child mobility clinics and diabetes awareness and screening, supported youth projects and leadership, and sponsored the Community Patrol with proceeds from car rallies.
Members enjoy satisfaction and happiness from making a difference in the world with ‘action not words’, and enjoy camaraderie, fun and networking as part of an international family.
Further information about our Lions Club and Lions Club International can be found at www.bhbl-lions.org/membership as well as details about how to become a member and experience these benefits for yourself.
Become confident and speak freely
POWERtalk Waitakere invites membership from anyone who is interested in receiving coaching in effective speaking and communication skills, whether needing to address a group, or to speak in a one-on-one situation.
Our meetings provide a supportive and friendly environment in which you can practice giving speeches while receiving constructive feedback and valuable advice from some of the best speakers in the country.
Make 2020 the year you do something great for yourself. Joining a POWERtalk club is the best way for you to learn how to become confident and to overcome fears of speaking in front of others.
Don't be shy! No matter what your age, gender or nationality, we welcome you to visit us at our meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month. 7.30pm, New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Ave.
All enquiries to Sheridan: ph (09)8287999 or 0272 828799.
SCOUTS: It’s not just knots
Scouting is not just about knots, woggles and big shorts, and it's not just for boys either! There are approximately 16,000 young people in Scouting in New Zealand, spread across five age-related sections: Keas, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Each section has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.
A time-honoured organisation run by passionate, committed leaders and parents for kids aged 5 – 19, Scouts is a wholesome, tried-and-true outlet for your kids’ creative energy, in a safe, supervised, yet challenging environment.
We are fortunate to have several excellent local Scout troops – each with a slightly different ‘flavour’, with both land- and sea-based to choose from. There is definitely one that will feel just right for your family.
New Lynn Sea Scouts: Contact Andrew 027 693 9756 newlynn.seascouts.org.nz
Iona Scouts (Blockhouse Bay): Contact Colin 021 208 1103 www.ionascouts.webs.com
Western Bays Sea Scouts (Lynfield): Contact Suzanne 09-627-3018 email@example.com
Tramping in the great outdoors
The West Auckland District Tramping Club is a community of around 70 men and women of diverse backgrounds and ages who enjoy the natural environment of the great outdoors.
Tramps are scheduled for most weekends, alternating between Saturday and Sunday and the occasional weekend away. The walks vary in difficultly from easy to challenging.
Guest speakers entertain us at our monthly club meetings, and we enjoy social events such as themed potluck dinners, movies/theatre nights, bowling and night trots, about every 6 weeks.
Joining WADTC is not just about tramping – it’s an opportunity to build fitness, make new friends and experience the great outdoors in areas you may never otherwise visit.
Newbies are always welcome - phone the tramp leader first to find out what to expect and what to bring. The club usually carpools from Glen Eden. Details of upcoming trips can be found on the club’s website www.westaucklandtrampingclub.co.nz.
The fastest game on two feet
The Wildcats Lacrosse Club is a small club in West Auckland offering lacrosse for men and women of all ages and abilities.
One of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and growing rapidly here in Aotearoa, our goals as a club are to champion the growth of the game in West Auckland, and also to break down all financial and social barriers that potentially prevent young people from playing.
We run mixed gender social lacrosse open days and tournaments at Western Districts Hockey Club based at Avondale College, as well as providing all the necessary safety gear and training opportunities for people of all abilities. We also have Development and Premier teams for both men and women, coached by experienced former and current NZ Representative players and coaches.
Learn more about lacrosse, our events, and how you can get involved on our website - www.sporty.co.nz/wildcatslacrosseclub
Come dine with us!
The Western Districts Womens Dinner Club was started in 1974 by a lady who saw the need for women to be able to have an evening out and meet other women. Of course, since 1974 times have changed but some of our current members remember this being a highlight of their month.
These days we have ladies attending from all walks of life, retired through to those in full time work.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month for a set menu dinner at Bricklane Restaurant, followed by a speaker. Subjects range from archaeology in Egypt to local lawyers; beekeeping to climbing mountains in Nepal, with an entertainer for our anniversary and Christmas.
Ladies, come and join us one evening, to ‘try us out’ and see if this is a group you would like to belong to.
For more information contact Anne 021-2933833 or Maureen 021-0318856
Playcentre: it’s your village
At Playcentre, you’re involved with your child’s learning; playing with them and alongside them. Encourage your children to interact with others while you meet other parents and educators. Build life-long friendships and become part of a fun, vibrant village where community and a sense of belonging is at the heart of everything we do.
Catering to families with children aged 0-6 years, Playcentre focuses on child-led learning, with a variety of play experiences such as building, baking, painting, dressing up, singing and sand and water play.
Each Playcentre in New Zealand is cooperatively managed by parents, keeping fees very low. Parents are also can access free Playcentre courses to help support their child’s learning.
There’s a Playcentre near you: Blockhouse Bay, New Windsor, Mt Albert, Hillsborough, Titirangi, Glen Eden - visit www.playcentre.org.nz to learn more.
You’re welcome to visit to see if Playcentres are right for you.
Tennis: what’s not 2-love?
Tennis is a great sport for maintaining health, fitness, strength and agility. It also has good social and psychological benefits and the whole family can play.
Lynfield Tennis Club is opposite Countdown on The Avenue, and offers six floodlit courts, modern club rooms, volley board, plenty of car parking and a fully licensed bar. We cater for all standards of play, from beginners to advanced, with social play, club championships and interclub.
Our experienced club coach provides quality coaching for junior players and beginners, and is also available to help senior players improve their game and gain confidence.
We also have a strong midweek tennis section running on Wednesday mornings. Social play with opportunities to play in tournaments if you’d like.
We’d love to see you at our club - why not come and have a go? Go to www.lynfieldtennis.co.nz to find out more.