Kapiti Observer : October 13th 2011
39 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011 4 ARTS & CRAFTS Featuring 4086056AA ANNUAL This advert is generously supported by KAPITI COAST FUNERAL HOME ONE DAY ONLY Saturday 15th October 9.00am - 2.00pm Kapiti Uniting Church Cnr Raumati and Weka Roads BARGAINS GALORE! HOT FOOD! SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE FAIR Arts and Crafts, Sewing, Handcrafts and Jewellery This work will make wonderful Christmas gifts Stalls * Children's Grotto & Activities -FunThingstoDo&Buy * Books and Toys * Plants * Cakes and Sweets * Heritage Linen * Garage Sale * Clothing Food (at family prices) * BBQ, Coffee and Slice * Hot Food: Sausages and Bacon and Egg Sandwiches * Cold Drinks CBS Ltd, BOOST Business Coaching, First Actual Design Company, Gen-i, Horowhenua Motor Company & HMC Kapiti, Nature Coast Enterprise promoting & rewarding business excellence And the finalists are... Principal Sponsor Awards Evening Sponsor Council Par tners Category Sponsors Congratulations to the following businesses -- you've made it through to be finalists of the Electra Business Awards! Aura Information Security Ltd Clean Technology Centre Park Emkay Ltd Exhale Spa Horowhenua Chronicle Horowhenua SuperGrans Inc Levin New World Marty's Panel & Paint Ohau Playcentre Prenail Systems Ltd Quarter Acre Cafe Telecom Business Hub Kapiti Tuatara Brewery Vista del Sol Youth Quest Who will be the category winners and Electra Business of the Year 2011? Come along to the Awards dinner on Friday 4 November to find out! Earlybird tickets are on sale now for the Awards dinner. Register at: www.electra.co.nz/businessawards or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Stigma breaking down By TASHA BLACK Support: Alison Chadwick says the promotion of mental health awareness in the community is important. A Kapiti woman who sought mental health support for her family has come full circle and now works helping others. Alison Chadwick's daughter became unwell with schizo- phrenia and isolated herself when she was 19. She was referred to Schizophrenia Fel- lowship, now known as Atareira, and the family had weekly visits from a support worker. During that time Mrs Chad- wick started up the Sunflower Group, a peer support group for people with mental illness in their family who meet at a Para- paraumu cafe once a week. It was actually during mental health awareness week. I was talking with a mum I didn't know. Her son had a drug- induced psychosis and she told me about his behaviour and I knew another woman whose son had really similar stuff going on so I got permission and intro- duced the two mums. That's how the group began 101G2 years ago.'' Atareira encouraged Mrs Chadwick to apply for the role of family whanau support worker for Kapiti because of her per- sonal experience. She got the job and has been in the role for five years. Mrs Chadwick, who is also on the board at Kapiti Crossroads, said there is stigma around mental health, but awareness weeks and promotion is helping change that. It's raising the community awareness and hopefully reduc- ing the stigma and discrimi- nation, and it's also a lot of fun, I think a sense of humour is really important.'' For peer support group, con- tact Mrs Chadwick on 902 0753.
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