Our Staff

Jacqui Eyley - CEO

Jacqui joined Age Concern Wellington in April 2019 as our new CEO. She has extensive leadership experience in the charitable sector after spending 10 years with the Greyhound Adoption Programme Trust which she grew from inception to a successful national charity. Jacqui enjoyed all aspects of running the charity but found building relationships with volunteers and sponsors most rewarding.

Jacqui is enjoying the task of growing and developing Age Concern Wellington so that it provides support and wellbeing to all our region’s seniors. She believes older people have an important role in the community and is keen to expand services to ensure they are not only safe and connected but also fulfilled and valued.

Originally from the UK, she enjoys being outdoors and keeps sheep and chickens, as well as her greyhound on a two-acre lifestyle block where she can usually be found in the garden.

Sheila Reed

Sheila is our Community Support and Outreach Co-ordinator for the Wellington and Porirua areas. Sheila joined Age Concern over four years ago as their Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Co-ordinator, after over twenty years working with older people as a community worker in a social services agency.

Originally a teacher from the UK, she now sees New Zealand as her home and would not consider living anywhere other than Wellington with all its cultural opportunities, not to mention the coffee.

To balance her 3 days with Age Concern, her other day job is introducing her grandchildren to educational and cultural opportunities in Wellington, which fills the other 2 days very nicely.

The mokopuna are becoming aware of the importance of older people in our community and the need for social justice across all ages.

Ann Dalziel

Ann is the Health Promotions & Community Support Co-ordinator based in our Wellington office. She manages our SAY Go classes and health promotion workshops and is the person most likely to answer your phone call. She has worked at Age Concern Wellington for the past 8 years and has acquired a wide spread of knowledge – she will always give helpful advice, and if outside her area of expertise, will direct you to the appropriate person.

In addition to working at Age Concern, Ann is on the Board of WellElder, a Counselling Service for older people, on Community Networks Wellington – a network of social services in Wellington, and is the Consumer Council Member for Capital and Coast DHB’s Primary Clinical Group.

Outside of work Ann keeps fit and healthy by exercising early every morning – swimming, gym or dancing. She is an avid reader and loves the cinema. Twice monthly she assists at Wellington Cathedral – at the early 8.00 a.m. service.

Imelda Coleman

Hello – I am Imelda, the Hutt Coordinator for the Accredited Visiting Service. I believe in social equity and that everyone deserves a good positive life.

There is a huge need to support the wellbeing of older people in our community and I am very pleased to play a small part in this necessary social change. I have met some amazing individuals and have gained a good understanding of the community, events and activities currently in place. I would also like to encourage us all to make connections and take opportunities to socialise when they present themselves. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to go out, accept invitations and get out there!

Let’s keep the conversation going. Invite friends and family to become Age Concern Volunteers.

 

“As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” – Audrey Hepburn

Lynn Crossland

Lynn has joined Age Concern in a newly appointed role as the Companion Walking Service Coordinator. With a background in Nursing and working as a Coordinator for a Sports Trust for people with learning disabilities, she brings with her experience and a passion for helping others to improve their health and physical fitness.

Lynn is enjoying starting up this new service and taking it out to as many suburbs as possible to provide the support and assistance to our elderly members that have mobility issues and feel isolated at home.

Lynn loves meeting new people and looking forward to working with clients, volunteers and service providers to work towards making a positive difference to peoples lives.

Also from the UK she has recently moved to Wellington from Nelson after having spent 14 years there. She enjoys walking, keeping fit and being part of a re-cycle re-purpose community sewing group.

Kirsten Blyde

Kia ora. It is a pleasure to have commenced the role of Social Connection Coordinator with Wellington Age Concern. I am a Kiwi who has lived all over New Zealand, but have made Porirua home for the past 10 years. We live close to Plimmerton beach and walking along the waterfront is one of my favourite pastimes.

I have had a varied career including, working in the health sector as a nurse and tertiary education as a tutor. This was in the NZ Health and Wellbeing Certificate at WelTec for 10 years. During my time as a tutor I was lucky enough to visit many older people while supporting students with their learning. I always enjoyed spending time listening to the clients stories and connecting with them in a positive way.

The role of Social Connection Coordinator is a great opportunity to hear from older people about how they would like support to have meaningful connection with their communities.

My motto will be to ‘listen first, then act’.