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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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Best Friends in Wainuiomata

“Checkmate,” Ian says. “Hang on, oh yeah,” Ken laughs. “Again. You beat me again!” Ken has been visiting Ian for about two years as part of the Age Concern Wellington Region Accredited Visitor Service. When Ken, a doctor from the Philippines, moved to New Zealand a little over two years ago, he looked for a

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Memoir Writing

People think about memoir writing for many reasons – some, like Michelle Obama, are approached by a publisher and asked to ‘write’ it (sometimes with help). Most, however, decide at some point in their lives that they’d like to put down a few things on paper. Maybe they fought in a war or had what

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Wednesdays is Age Concern Day for Allan

After working in the printing industry for over forty years, Allan had a serious arm injury. He went through a series of operations, and he is still recovering from the nerve damage that he has been left with. With time on his hands, Allan became involved in several walking groups, and also increased his involvement

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