On 15 March, His Excellency Dr Richard Davies was invested as an Officer of St John and took up the role of Patron for Community Health.
Last week, St John hosted Dr Davies to a comprehensive induction tour, including its Community Health programmes and services. Dr Davies visited Farm Cove Intermediate to see St John's Whatuia te Waiora Weaving Wellbeing programme in action, before going to St John retail stores and a Manukau Area Committee showcase. The Kelston Youth Division enabled Dr Davies to see youth members undertaking badge work and practical sessions and present a number of awards. Dr Davies also boarded a Health Shuttle and met the shuttle volunteers.
At St John Archives Dr Davies learnt about the history of St John and the variety of Community Care services that St John delivers to the community, and the impact of COVID-19 on those services. The Therapy Pet volunteers and their furry friends were a particular hit with Dr Davies. St John's Communications Centre provided an opportunity for him to see the sophistacated communication technology used in emergency response.