Age Concern Nelson Tasman
Age Concern Nelson Tasman is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of older people across the Nelson region. We offer advice, support, information and advocacy on a range of issues and encourage positive ageing for people of all ages. In 2017 we were awarded runner-up in the Health and Wellbeing section of the Nelson Tasman Trustpower Community Awards.
Elder Abuse Response Service: Elder abuse and neglect is a real issue across Nelson Tasman, and our work in this area is to educate on its existence, as well as support and advocate for older people suffering abuse.
Accredited Visitor Service: This much-needed and valued service links isolated and lonely older people with a volunteer visitor. We currently have over 80 volunteers giving their time to befriend and support someone.
Carer Relief Service: This is a service that also used volunteers to help offer in-home respite care for people caring full time for loved ones. Clients are assessed by Support Works and allocated a number of hours relief.
Total Mobility Scheme: This entitles older drivers who have given up driving, or are no longer able to drive, for health and disability reasons to half-price taxi vouchers. If you think you, or someone you know, would benefit from this, please call us to discuss.
Events: We run a number of workshops throughout the year on topics such as Healthy Eating, Capturing your Life Story and Staying Safe driving. We also put on seminars for health professionals and at the Positive Ageing Expo.
Summer Activities Series
Have you ever wanted to try tai chi, but didn't know where to go? Or do you fancy a game of social bowls? Our Summer Activity Series gets underway in February, so why not check out our programme of events here and come along to one (or more!) of our FREE sessions. There's something for everyone 65 and over - including guided walks and sing-a-longs - in Nelson, Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay. We'd love to see you!
This exciting initiative is about improving community connections for our older people across the region, using a wide range of people, organisations, agencies and volunteers to tackle social isolation and loneliness. In July last year we launched an Action Plan (to view, visit here) that is in many ways the first step of this journey to a better-connected region. In October we were joined by Breffni O'Rourke in the new role of AgeConnect Coordinator, who is now busy making connections with the community and encouraging buy-in to help offer more socialising opportunities and to champion older people. If you'd like to become involved in volunteering, or want to know more, please contact us - we'd love to hear from you! You can email Breffni at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the following agencies: FRIMLEY FOUNDATION MCKEE TRUST