Fun and spontaneity for Enliven residents at Dudding Lake

Colourful hats were the order of the day for a recent Enliven picnic at Dudding Lake.


A stunning day was a welcome sight for residents from Enliven’s homes recently as they gathered for an annual summer picnic at Dudding Lake.

The event was organised by Coombrae Home in Feilding and attended by residents, staff and volunteers from Kowhainui Home in Whanganui, Brightwater Home in Palmerston North and Levin Home for War Veterans.

“The lovely weather meant we were able to have lunch outside,” says Enliven recreation advisor Davina Solomon.

“Residents made the most of the sunshine by walking near the lake and spending time sitting at the outdoor picnic tables. Some even took to the swings on the nearby playground!”

As is now part of the annual picnic tradition, all the attendees were encouraged to wear colourful hats that they owned or had decorated especially for the occasion.

“Some of the staff acted as judges and chose their favourite hats,” Davina says. The winners each received a small prize.

During a group singalong to finish the day, Davina says one gentleman stood up and performed the anthem of his old sports club – the Feilding Yellows – and did the dance for everyone.

She says a highlight of the day was the ability for residents from different Enliven homes to meet and get to know each other.

“We established the idea of inter-home events to build connections among Enliven residents, as well as having lots of fun and spontaneity.”


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