Nilima Venkat has been working with Shanti Niwas since 1998. Nilima has vast experience of social, health and disability sector issues of South Asian communities and is a Founding and Board member of various organisations and Government committees. Nilima is a well-recognised face who has received prestigious awards for her community work, such as ‘Kiwibank Local Hero’ and the Indian Newslink Award. Nilima will share empowerment projects with an objective of volunteering and becoming a catalyst for social change. She wants people to understand that age is not a barrier to achieving anything, and challenge the assumption that older people don't have fun anymore.