Age Concern has started a pilot project to help lonely and isolated seniors to engage in the community.
As part of this project a directory, or ‘asset map’ is being developed to identify what activities and groups are available for older adults within their communities, including information about the culture and environment of the group. Information of this type can allay fears and concerns people have about attending new groups, further supporting and encouraging the older person’s participation.
While most older adults are capable of becoming involved in their communities and accessing information on what is happening via the local library, community centre, noticeboards and newsletters, a number of our older population struggle to achieve this. It is these who the project aims to support.
The pilot project is focusing on small, localised areas of Auckland, including Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Innes, Panmure and Ranui where it is known that a number of seniors are in need of support and assistance. In these areas, Community Development Coordinators are working to find out what is already available in the community for older adults and then helping to connect them into these groups.
If the pilot project is deemed successful it will be introduced to other community organisations and services across wider Auckland.
For more information or to enquire about assistance for an older person, please contact Age Concern on 09 820 0184.