Happy times around the pool table at Kāpiti Day Programme

Kāpiti Day Programme clients Hans (left) and Ray’s friendship is right on cue.

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Regulars at Enliven’s Kāpiti Day Programme Hans Peters and Ray Hole have chalked up a friendship that they put down to enjoying each other’s company as well as their games of pool.

“It makes us feel good, coming to the day programme,” says Hans. “We look out for each other.”

While Ray has been playing pool since he was nine years old, Hans learnt more recently.

“Whether we play well or not, it doesn’t matter, says Ray. “It’s not about winning.”

Both men emigrated to New Zealand – Ray because he loves rugby and Hans and his wife moved here to bring up their children.

While their backgrounds are very different; retired electrical design engineer Hans is from the Netherlands and former police sergeant and panel beater Ray hails from the UK, they really hit it off and share a lively banter with plenty of jokes.

Companionship is the antidote to loneliness and is a part of Enliven’s philosophy of care, based on the Eden Alternative model, explains recreation officer Robyn Lindsay.

Robyn says Hans and Ray’s friendship is wonderful to see, and their time spent at the pool table has multiple health benefits.

“Playing pool is one of those games that really helps elders with hand-eye coordination and balance, as well as being fun for Hans and Ray. It’s a win-win activity and one we’re pleased to be able to provide.”

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