Van upgrade gives life to recovery classes


Beverly House staff with their new van: Kerry Mackness (standing right), Theresa Harvey (standing left) and in the van are Judy Gaylor (seated) and Sylvia Daley.

A $10,000 grant from the Rotorua Trust has helped Beverley House (Contact Trust) upgrade its vehicle to continue to provide a shuttle service for clients who have experienced mental health and/or addictions to access classes at the recovery centre.

Beverly House manager Kerry Mackness says the 10-seater van is vital in ensuring clients can make it to the classes that focus on education, life skills, health and fitness that will help to support recovery.

A total of 44 classes is offered weekly at the centre, providing clients with the opportunity to attend programmes offering 17 different skill sets.

Beverly House is managed by five full-time staff and offers 68 clients the use of its services. The van is utilised to pick up clients from throughout Rotorua to take them to the centre, with up to five different shuttle trips being made each day to ensure they can attend classes.

“One of the reasons why the vehicle is important is that most of our clients have limited means, so it provides the opportunity to access support and undertake a variety of recovery programmes.

“So we are very grateful to the Rotorua Trust for helping us upgrade our vehicle and continue to provide this essential part of our service,” Kerry says.

Classes at Beverley House run Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Kerry Mackness
Beverley House
07-3472 940
32 Whittaker Road

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