Age Concern Napier
- Support Services, Information, Advice and Personal Advocacy: Responding in person/phone to a range of queries from older people, their family / Whanau, carers e.g. advising what services, supports and resources are available for older people to help maintain independence. Providing confidential support to enable and empower older people.
- Information Resources: Providing written materials e.g. pamphlets and resources.
- Education: Holding education seminars for the public e.g. Positive Ageing, Enduring Power of Attorney, Advanced Care Planning etc.
- Social Activities: Holding fun events that provide social connection between older people e.g. drop in centre, luncheons, morning and afternoon teas, gardening club, men’s group, games and cards and BYO craft group.
- Transport: Providing a transport service to places such as shopping centres, supermarket, library, hospital and GP appointments.
- Total Mobility Scheme: Providing assessment and provision of Total Mobility taxi vouchers.
- In-home Support: Referring on to recommended services (e.g. trade services) that can provide for the necessary maintenance work to be done in client's homes. Referring on volunteer workers to undertake small jobs for older people e.g. gardening and handyman tasks.
- Exercise/Mobility: Holding exercise programmes in the local community e.g. Tai Chi and Sit ‘n’ Be Fit and a regular six week falls prevention programme Upright & Active.
- Community Computer Hub: Computer suite freely available to people 65 years and over. One on one computer tuition also available.
- Op Shop: Bargains galore! All proceeds help to maintain Age Concern Napier’s essential services.
- Volunteering Opportunities: Wide range of volunteering opportunities are available to assist our older community members.
- Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples' issues to local influential groups e.g. District Councils.
Volunteers who drive our vans on various excursions often create special relationships with the older people they are transporting.
One volunteer found out that like him, Ken was formerly in the New Zealand Royal Air Force (NZRAF). He now picks Ken up and takes him to the monthly ex-NZRAF dinner held at the RSA. Until our volunteer offered to drive him, there had been no way Ken could attend.
Another time, our volunteer found out that Neville had been in the Royal Navy – as had he. Now he takes Neville to the RSA on a Saturday night for dinner. Apart from attending our Age Concern activities, Neville was quite socially isolated. But the friendship he has formed with our volunteer has given him greater social connections.