Our Staff

Sheila Reed

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.

Melva Howard is our AVS (Accredited Visiting Service Coordinator) Upper Hutt & Hutt Valley.
Monica Robinson is the AVS Coordinator for Wellington, Tawa and Porirua.

Both Melva and Monica are passionate about caring and enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life of older persons in the community. They do this through visits to their residence and then matching volunteer visitors offering friendship and companionship and encouraging appropriate participation in community activities.

Melva Howard

I started in the role of Accredited Visiting Service (Hutt Valley) Co-ordinator in 2014.

This service has been running since 1951 providing companionship and support for older people who may be lonely or socially isolated for a number of reasons. This is achieved through weekly visits by one of our trained volunteers who provide one on one quality visiting time with the older person.

I am married with a grown up family of 2 sons who have their own families now. I have a special needs younger sister who along with my brother and other sister, we ensure she is well cared for.

I've lived in the Hutt Valley all my life and have many contacts that work well networking for Age Concern.

My background previously was in the dairy industry promoting specialty foods and event management. A pioneer in launching specialty cheese in NZ and Internationally for over two decades.

A member of the NZ Specialists Cheesemakers Association and Chief Steward at the NZ Cheese Awards. I take cheese workshops in schools and other organisations to share my knowledge and passion for cheese.

Monica Robinson

Monica is the volunteer coordinator for the visiting service covering the greater Wellington area from Island Bay to Whitby/Plimmerton. She has been a volunteer coordinator in various roles for some 20 years and before that volunteered herself when her family was young. She has five grown children and enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren.

Marion Cowden

Marion is a past-president of Age Concern Wellington and now works part-time as the Executive Officer keeping an eye on the overall operations. She is an accountant by training who has worked as a public servant in New Zealand and overseas. She combines her role at Age Concern with roles as a director for a selection of organisations in the public, private and charity sectors. Other interests include active participation in Rotary.

Ann is the Community Support Co-Ordinator and has worked at Age Concern Wellington for the past 8 years. She is the person most likely to answer your phone call – 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.