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Celebrating community support

A network made up of representatives from a range of community support services celebrated the group's 30th birthday this week.

The budgeting service Moni Ora, the Arohaina Centre, Salvation Army, Hospice Tairawhiti, Workbridge, Te Kupenga, Age Concern and CCS Disability Action were among the services represented in the collective that began life three decades ago as GISCOSS (Gisborne East Coast Council of Social Services).

In 2015, GISCOSS became Tairawhiti Community Voice (TCV).

Before the 30th birthday celebrations began at the monthly meeting, each representative gave an update about their organisation's activities.

“We started a group to try to help each other,” said TCV life member Nona Aston afterwards.

“There were amazing, courageous intelligent women in those days.”

The district council gave them rooms and cups of tea and people would take their knitting and knit while others talked, she said.

“I miss that.”

Having joined TCV in November as a coordinator, Alice Kibble said she sometimes had sleepless nights thinking about what TCV does, she was so passionate about it.

“I love my job.”

WORKING TOGETHER: Tairawhiti Community Voice coordinator Alice Kibble (left), chairwoman Liz Graham and life members Nona Aston and Judy Livingston prepare to cut a birthday cake to celebrate the collective's 30 years of community support. Picture by Liam Clayton