Helpful donation put towards board games

Kapiti Day Programme diversional therapist Robyn Lindsay (left) and client Pamela play a round of Qwirkle.

Clients at Enliven’s Kapiti Day Programme have been enjoying some new board games, thanks to a donation from the local Lions Club.

The Kapiti Day Programme was one of 11 groups that received a donation following the local Lions Club’s Monster Book Fair in October last year.

The fair raised about $37,000 to distribute to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Kapiti Day Programme manager Dorothy Todd says they used the money donated to add to their games cupboard, including buying versions of Rummikub and Scrabble that are large print and include braille, and a newer game called Qwirkle.

Kapiti Day Programme diversional therapist Robyn Lindsay explains that board games are important for clients as it provides a good opportunity for engaging and cognitive recognition.

“A lot of the games are variations on familiar concepts.

“There is an aspect of reminiscing too as many of the clients remember playing board games when they were young, so they can talk about their memories of it.”

Robyn says including a new game, such as Qwirkle, provides an opportunity for everyone – even the staff and volunteers – to learn something new.

Dorothy adds that any activities or games they offer that encourage more social interaction are also valuable to the clients.

The Kapiti Day Programme at Kapiti Cottage in Paraparaumu was established by Enliven to enable Kapiti elders with memory loss and other health conditions to socialise in a safe and stimulating environment while also giving their families or carers a break.

To learn more about Enliven’s Kapiti Day Programme visit or call 04 298 8060.

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