Rest home motors along with new vehicle grant from Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury

Updated: Jun 11, 2018

A trust grant has helped a Timaru rest home buy a new van to get residents out into the community.

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury has approved donations totalling $329,000 to 18 applicants throughout the region in its latest round of funding including Glenwood Home which has received $20,000 towards the purchase of a $34,500 wheelchair-accessible community van.

The 2012 Toyota Hiace will replace the home's 1993 Nissan Caravan and according to Glenwood Home facility manager Veronica Ligteringen,​ there will be enough room for two residents in wheelchairs, or a wheelchair and a hospital chair, seating nine people at a time.

Ligteringen said the home will use money left to them through bequests, and other grants, to complete the purchase.

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"We are very grateful for this wonderful contribution to Glenwood Home which has made the purchase of the new van possible."

The 42-bed facility was upgraded to hospital level care about two years ago which meant increased staffing and buying new equipment, Ligteringen said.

The home's new van is a former Geraldine Trust pool vehicle and is undertaking a transformation at the moment, she said.

"The old van has a hoist in it which was put in about five years ago but it meant you had to take the seat up every time. It can be a challenge getting in and out of the van."

​The new van will ensure a smooth ride, and comfort, she said.

It is used to take residents, and some villa residents, around town for shopping trips and outings. It is used several times a week.

It is hoped the old van will be sold, at a reasonable rate, to a community group as Ligteringen said it would be good to see it used in the community still.

Other South Canterbury community groups to benefit from the funding announcement include $5000 to the Temuka and District Projects Trust to have a second vehicle. The Temuka RSA has offered residents the use of their van and the support of their volunteer drivers as part of a community vehicle pilot scheme. The trust's donation will cover running costs for the first year of operations.

The Parkinsonism Society of South Canterbury received $10,000, the Aoraki Multicultural Council $7500, South Canterbury Women's Wellness Centre $2000 and the Te Aitarakihi Trust received $15,000.

Other recipients are: * Glenavy School - $1000 * Waimate Rugby Football Club - $15,000 * YMCA Mid and South Canterbury - $50,000 * Family Mental Health Support - $5000 * Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust - $10,000 * Aorangi Golf Association - $5000 * Ka Toi Māori o Aoraki and Korohi O Te Pepi - $3500


 Veronica Ligteringen

Facility Manager

T: 03 686 1090

M: 027 686 1091


Fax: 03 686 2793



South Canterbury

Glenwood Home Trust Board

6 Glenwood Avenue,

Timaru 7910 NZ