What We Do
Age Concern Whanganui is part of a nationwide network of councils with membership to Age Concern New Zealand that benefits from and contributes to the national network of information, training, and advocacy on issues affecting older people. Age Concern contributes to informing and influencing local and national government poliocy development.
Age Concern Whanganui works to enhance the well being of older people by providing a range of services, information and support. The aim is to enable older people to remain independent for as long as possible, living in their own homes as part of their local communtiy.
Age Concern Whanganui values the contribution of volunteers to assist paid staff in the provision of services.
Our Vision Tā Mātou Matakitenga
Our Mission Tā Mātou Kawenga
An inclusive society, where older people, koroua and kuia are respected, valued, supported and empowered.
He pāpori e whai whakaarohia ana, e whakanuitia ana, e tautokona ana, e whai mana anahoki te hunga kaumātua.
Working for the rights and wellbeing of older people, koroua and kuia.
He mahi mō ngā tika me te oranga o te hunga kaumātua.
The Age Concern Whanganui Board is responsible for the governance of the organisation. The Board, under the leadership of the Chairperson, sets the long term goals and policies of the organisation, approves and monitors the annual budget and employes the Manager.
The Manager in turn employs all staff, oversees the day to day operations and ensures that the goals of the organisation are met.
Support & Advocacy
Our Community & Social Workers can provide support and assistance, advise on available services, liaise with other community agencies and are available to visit at home.
Total Mobility Scheme
(Horizons Regional Council) Assessments provided for people with disabilities to access half price taxi fares.
Elder Abuse Response Service
Our Social Workr is available to confidentially discuss problems of suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment and can assist in obtaining help. Training for carers and professionals and a public awareness program is also available.
Accredited Visiting Service (AVS)
The AVS Co-ordinator trains and supports volunteers who visit those living alone in the community. Both the older person and the visitor enjoy the friendship that develops from this regular contact
Volunteer drivers help those who have no transport – taking them to medical and other essential appointments – for a donation towards petrol.
Volunteers take those who have no transport to the supermarket, assisting with shopping and taking them home – assessment required, donation to the driver.
Tenants of Pensioner Flats (Wanganui) & Community Housing (Rangitikei)
Our Welfare Officers provide support to tenants of the Wanganui District Council Pensioner Flats and Rangitikei District Council Community Housing.
Seminars and forums organised on a range of topics relevant and interesting to older people.
Senior Driving Program including CarFit Drive with confidence, share experiences and learn how your car can ‘fit’ you. A refresher course designed especially for senior road users.
Steady As You Go - Falls Prevention Community based strength and balance program.
Information Contact us for a wide variety of information on available services. Call in or phone to speak with our reception volunteers or staff.
A number of volunteering opportunities are available:
- Meals on Wheels delivery
- Transport and Supermarket Shopping Service
- Visiting Service
All volunteers are given training and support.
Membership and donations to Age Concern Wanganui are appreciated and accepted. Donations of $5 or more are tax deductible.