We recently launched the Companion Walking Service. This new service matches volunteers with people over 65 who find it difficult to get out and about on their own.
The journey so far! The programme is now receiving referrals from the physiotherapy department, Huntleigh Apartments, Karori as well as relatives contacting Age Concern through the website. We know that the service is making a huge difference to people’s lives. For example, Lynn recently visited a client in Lyall Bay who lives alone. Over the last four months, the arthritis in her hands has become so painful she has been unable to lift her walking frame down the steps to get out of her front door. She had effectively become a prisoner in her own home except for once a week when she is taken shopping.
Alice* said: “These walks have enhanced my life and I really look forward to my weekly trips out. Revisiting familiar places fills me with joy and I love being outside.”
As we know, walking has many benefits. It keeps the joints and circulation moving, and helps to prevent muscles becoming weak. This can be particularly helpful in helping to reduce the risk of falls. We also know that being outside seeing people makes a person feel part of the community reducing the feeling of isolation and being outside connecting with nature has an uplifting effect on our mental wellbeing.
We couldn’t do this without the help of our wonderful volunteers who are making a huge difference to people’s lives. We are keen to hear from both people interested in the service for themselves or a family member, and people who would like to volunteer as a companion walker. If would like more information please contact Lynn on 04 4996646 or email
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless” – Sherry Anderson