News & Blog

Eva Dugaro – Visiting Service Volunteer

The Visitor Service is just one of the various services operated by Age Concern Wellington Region to provide companionship to older people who experience loneliness and not only like a visit from a friendly volunteer but also enjoy the prospect of the weekly visit. Eva Dugaro is one of many community-minded people who provide this

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Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteers are at the heart of Age Concern Wellington Region’s work. Without these volunteers, hundreds of seniors across the Wellington Region wouldn’t receive a weekly visit, dozens of seniors wouldn’t go out for a weekly walk, and many more seniors would miss out on other great social connections. These volunteers give hours and hours of

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Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia Do you want to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding dementia – one of the major health issues of the 21st century? A Tasmanian MOOC could help! The Wicking Dementia Centre based in the University of Tasmania is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), about the latest in dementia research

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Making Garden Connections

Nathalie and Tim are both keen gardeners who met each other at the Innermost Gardens in Mount Victoria recently: she gardens to keep active while he volunteers at the community garden. Gardeners thrive on getting their hands dirty and communicating with nature. They also enjoy getting together to explore other gardens and communicating with each

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Thank you Wellington, you’re Making a Difference this Christmas

Stuff Ltd’s recent support for Age Concern Wellington Region’s Christmas appeal has been invaluable: “Age Concern also experienced a burst of new interest and donations after we wrote about Rick Johnston and Denis White, who have been buddied up through Age Concern’s visiting service. Johnston takes 82-year-old White out to lunch or to Mitre 10, or

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MANA U3A

Making new friends, Sharing interests, Fun and companionship   Mana U3A is one of several U3A groups in the Wellington region, with Tawa U3A to the south and Kapiti U3A to the north up the coast. Our focus is on giving our members opportunities to learn, the chance to get to know others in the same area, and

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It’s Te Wiki Kaumātua – Seniors’ Week

Te Wiki Kaumātua – Seniors’ Week is held in spring every year and sees a series of community-led events for older people across the city. Age Concern Wellington Region is excited about Seniors’ Week, even if Covid-19 has already had an impact on some events. Level 2 has meant some of the events have had

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Happy Second Birthday Companion Walking Service!

The Companion Walking Service (CWS) is now two years old. It has been a rollercoaster ride with the stop-and-starts due to Covid-19, but it continues on with the support of our fantastic, dedicated volunteers. Without the support of the wonderful volunteers, this service would not reach those that have benefitted from it. It has assisted

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Val – Caring Kaitiaki

Val is the kind of person who brings people together. She’s in her late eighties, and lives in council housing in Wellington. When she sees someone on the bus that she might have seen around her apartment building, she makes a point of stopping and speaking with them. When she hears one of her neighbours

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WORK FOR SENIORS

WORK FOR SENIORS Many seniors, and even those over 50, would like to keep working but have difficulty in seeking out the opportunities that are available. Estimates indicate that there are over 150,000 New Zealanders over 50 seeking work. Seniors have a store of talent, skills and experience to draw on and add real value

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