Super Seniors @ SuperGrans


SuperGrans is an organisation whose primary focus is to pass on basic life skills to younger people who, for whatever reason, may be struggling. Based in the South City Mall (next door to ‘Pregnancy Help’, our premises is equipped with a large commercial kitchen, several sewing machines and some cosy crochet-covered couches. It’s a homely, inviting place where people are encouraged to share knowledge and skills with others.
Co manager, Sandy McKay, joined the organisation in July and feels excited about the potential for growing the organisation.“SuperGrans is definitely an idea whose time has come,” says Sandy (who has a background in Adult Education and is also a keen seamstress, cook and writer of books for ‘children of all ages’).“A lot of our young people have missed out on gaining the basic life skills of cooking, sewing, budgeting, gardening and generally running a household. Life has become very complex for many and somewhere along the way they have missed out on learning basic life skills.”SuperGrans are a group of volunteers (male and female) whose aim is to support people in gaining the skills they may need to live a healthy life.  The service has a two pronged approach.
“We can provide 1:1 mentoring in the home. And we also deliver classes and courses to groups and individuals from our premises. People can self-refer or be referred from an agency
“We believe in an informal, non-judgmental approach that includes walking alongside clients and encouraging them to become resourceful and independent. We are people from all walks of life who are interested in sharing our life experience with others.”
Rae Jackson has been a ‘Gran’ with SuperGrans for almost two years. She is passionate about her work here.
“I think I’ve become a bit addicted to the place,” she laughs. Rae has a background in nursing and a natural talent for helping others. Her approach is no nonsense and nurturing. Rae has a great knack for putting people at their ease. She helps out with group cooking classes, keeps the kitchen ‘stocked and sorted’  and also gives 1:1 help.
Rae feels that her own life is enriched by having the opportunity to pass on her experiences to others.
“I just love coming here,” she says. "When I walk in its exciting to feel the business and the sense of community. There is a feeling of relaxed happiness."
“SuperGrans feels like a place where people are inspired to share.”
For Rae, passing on her own skills and experience is very fulfilling. “It’s a highly rewarding thing to do. And, in a way, it affirms what you have done and learned throughout your life. There is so much satisfaction to be found in helping others. To watch them grow in confidence. There’s really nothing like it.”
If there is anyone out there who is interested in joining SuperGrans Rae’s advice is “come along and see for yourself.”
Get a feel for the place. If you have something to offer and you enjoy passing on skills to the younger generation then this could be the place for you.
For anyone interested in becoming a ‘Gran’ phone Sandy on 021 0535 144 and have a chat.