Meet the Team

Caroline Budge, Funding & Community Support

Caroline Budge, Manager

Caroline became Manager in March 2018 and is responsible for the direction of the agency as its work in Nelson Tasman continues to grow to meet ongoing demand. She has been with Age Concern Nelson Tasman since 2014 and is passionate about supporting older people in our community, offering them a wide range of free events, both educational and celebratory. Caroline is particularly interested in increasing social connection opportunities and working in collaboration with the wider community.

You can email Caroline on manager@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Mal Drummond, Elder Abuse Response Services

Mal Drummond, Elder Abuse Response Services Advisor

Mal brings to the team a vast background and experience in supporting people through family violence. Mal's role includes elder abuse awareness and prevention, and supporting the victims of elder abuse. The role also includes educating older people, their family/whanau, health professionals and those working with and supporting the older person.

You can email Mal on advisor@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Susan Arrowsmith, Accredited Visitor Service and Carer Relief Co-ordinator

Susan Arrowsmith, Accredited Visitor Service and Carer Relief Co-ordinator.

Susan coordinates the Accredited Visitor Service, matching clients and volunteer visitors, as well as the Carer Relief services, which matches clients and volunteer relief carers. We recognise that many older people experience loneliness and isolating and that this seriously affects their well-being. Susan's role involves recruiting, screening and training volunteers who then visit weekly to provide companionship to these people. This service has recently expanded into the Motueka and Golden Bay regions.

You can email Susan atcoordinator@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Marrit Walstra-Russell, Community Support Co-ordinator

Marrit Walstra-Russell, Community Support Co-ordinator

Marrit joined the team in May 2017 as our new Community Support Co-ordinator, a role we created in response to the growing services we're providing. Marrit joined us from Summerset in the Sun, where she was Activities Coordinator for four years. Her role with Age Concern includes organising events, education and awareness raising. She has a particular interest in dancing and is hoping to set up fun dance classes for older people.

You can email Marrit at community@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Breffni O'Rourke, AgeConnect Coordinator

Breffni O'Rourke, AgeConnect Coordinator

Breffni started with Age Concern in October 2017 in the exciting new initiative AgeConnect Nelson Tasman. It's been set up in response to growing awareness that many older people in the region are looking for more socialising opportunities. Breffni's role is to link those people with activities, other people, and to raise awareness with everyone that we can all play a part in reducing loneliness.

You can email Breffni at ageconnect@ageconcernnt.org.nz

Miriam Clark, Funding and Communications Officer

Miriam Clark, Funding and Communications Officer

Miriam joined Age Concern Nelson Tasman in May 2018 in a new role of funding and communications - ensuring the money keeps rolling in, and people get to hear about the great work we do. Miriam comes with a wide range of experience in writing, research, communications and fundraising.

You can email Miriam at support@ageconcernnt.org.nz

 


Board of Governance
 

Chair The Very Rev Charles Tyrrell, QSO 
Vice Chair Jenny Sauer
Secretary Lynley Lee 
Treasurer Dave Ashcroft
Kaumatua Rev Andy Joseph
Members Helen Reynolds
 

Ursula Lewis

Patron Chris Tuffnell