Yes, I call you my WINGS family for a couple of reasons -
1. Finding you set me free from the loneliness and sense of no longer belonging to the place I grew up in.
2. I have to use wings to fly across the Tasman to catch up!
I grew up in Whangarei but have lived in Brisbane for approximately 40 yrs, my 91 yr old Mum lives in Whareora and since my retirement, I now visit her frequently.
I found it difficult to find friendly social engagement on my visits to Whangarei until I met WINGS.
From the first day, I was accepted and made welcome, quickly connecting with others that had experienced the same in the past. They understood the feelings and emotions I was experiencing, it was amazing and very comforting... thank you all!
No matter how long it is between visits I can always find a like-minded, interesting and fun-loving bunch of individuals to catch up with.
I love getting the monthly newsletters sharing what is going on and what to look forward to when coming over, they keep me connected.
Often staff will take the time to drop me a personal message to see how I am.
How special is that ?....
When the Corona Virus stopped us from meeting up, and my next visit cancelled, zoom calls quickly became the new option... what a fantastic solution! I (we) now get to see members live and chat every week and not just on my visits. It also allows those that may normally have not been able to get out for whatever reason... ( unwell or distance, bad weather, etc) to join in from the comfort of their home...
This is a valuable caring community group and I am so grateful to have found them!