Western Leader : December 21st 2010
7 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS MORE TIME GIVING YOU WHAT YOU REALLY WANT THIS CHRISTM MT Tues 21 -- Thurs 23 Dec 9am -- 10pm Christmas Eve 9am -- 6pm Christmas Day CLOSED Boxing Day 9am -- 7pm Westfield WestCity open late tonight For a full list of extended shopping hours call 0800 Westfield, visit westfield.co.nz/westcity or text WestCity to 3800. Texts cost 20c. Hours of major retailers may vary. Visit westfield.co.nz for gift ideas Hours of the following retailers may vary: Countdown | EVENT Cinemas | Farmers | The Warehouse WES0735/20x7/ westfield.co.nz/westcity IN BRIEF Cricket calendar The newly released Cricket Art Prize 2011 Calendar could make a great gift for an avid cricket fan this Christmas. Earlier this year artists in test- playing nations were invited to submit a painting or composition that depicts life in and around cricket, whether it's backyard, on the beach, social cricket or at your local club. Just short of 200 entries were received from the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The top 40 were selected for an exhibition and 12 have been reproduced in a calendar format. Go to www.cricketartprize. org.nz to order a copy. Profits from calendar sales go to charities. Business survey West Auckland business owners still holding on to questionnaires from a University of Auckland Business School study are being urged to return them to the university. West Auckland small businesspeople have been slow to return the survey which could mean the region will not be represented accurately in the final report. The completed business questionnaires must be returned to Auckland University before Christmas. Helping single parents cope Parenting solo: Trudie Vos and Julie Whitehouse of the Auckland Single Parents Trust. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Christmas can be difficult for single parent families. For those who need some help the Auckland Single Parents Trust is on hand. Trudie Vos and Julie Whitehouse of Glen Eden are board members of the trust, which began in west Auck- land in 2005. Trudie is divorced and knows the festive season can be tough. Personally, Christmas changed from being a happy time to a very hard time. This is a year where I'll be without the kids. I will have them briefly and then I will be alone. And of course the kids have to negotiate all of that too.'' More than 300 people are registered to the trust's website. The group holds meetings in various parts of Auckland. It's such a niche with so many unique needs. Single parent means lots of things: mums, dads, widows, widowers, separated, shared custody and full custody,'' Julie says. At the meetings people talk about what's happening for them, there are tears, but along the way others will offer them advice about where they can get help. At the meetings you feel like you're normal and that stops you falling into depression and helps you be proactive,'' Julie says. Single-parent families are on the increase and Statistics New Zealand projections suggest there will be more than 200,000 single-parent families by 2031. Julie couldn't find services to help when her marriage broke up. I put ads in the Western Leader in 2005 just asking if there were any other single parents out there. About 15 people came to the first meet- ing of the trust.'' Trudie says the emotional recovery from a relationship breakdown is important. We see parents in absolute crisis. They have so many issues and these flow on to the children.'' The trust also organises events to combat parents' iso- lation, such as barbecues, picnics, games, camps and a babysitting club. On Christmas Day the trust is organising a lunch in Drury and a family event at Vector Arena and transport can be arranged for west Aucklanders. Go to http:// singleparents.org.nz for details. For free tickets to the Vector event call Julie on 813-9138.
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