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AgeConnect Kāpiti

AgeConnect Kāpiti is an initiative of Age Concern Kāpiti which encourages older people to discover options and opportunities to stay connected and involved in their community. 

We are engaging with local businesses in different Kāpiti communities to signpost where to find information about What’s On in Kāpiti and the services offered by Age Concern Kāpiti and other agencies.

Business Connectors

To help spread the word,  local businesses are invited to become AgeConnect Kāpiti Business Connectors. 

Age Concern Kāpiti staff and a team of volunteers visit and talk with local businesses about the issues of social isolation and loneliness.   AgeConnect Kāpiti flyers are provided that signpost where to find details of what is available.

Being involved  is not time consuming for businesses it is just a matter of mentioning, when appropriate, this website and having flyers available.

To gauge support for this initiative, we invited a cross section of businesses in Waikanae to be involved in a pilot.  We were delighted that eighteen businesses became involved as Business Connectors.          

                          

                          

                          

                                           Above: Waikanae businesses receiving certificates after the pilot.

Since then businesses in Ōtaki, Paraparaumu Central, Paraparaumu Beach, Raumati and Paekākāriki  have joined the Business Connectors network.  

Click on the links below for lists of the Kāpiti businesses involved:

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//otaki/

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//waikanae/

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//paraparaumu/

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//paraparaumu-beach/

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//raumati/

https://ageconcernkapiti.co.nz//paekakariki-2/

AgeConnect Kāpiti is about identifying ways to help older people access information and activities that can help them stay connected.  We are excited about the interest and involvement of the Kāpiti business community in this initiative.

If your business would like to be involved, or you have suggestions for how we can help older people to stay connected, please click here to send details or phone Age Concern Kāpiti on 04 298 8879.  

Connections in Action

We are keen to showcase here examples of how older people keep connected and involved and would love to feature an activity you are involved in. Please click here to send details

 

Eunice, front row on left, at her 90th birthday celebration surrounded by members of Prayers & Squares

90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION:  On Wednesday, 23 of us celebrated the 90th birthday of Eunice who is the eldest & a really treasured member of Prayers & Squares, the Prayer Quilt Ministry in the Parish of Pauatahanui.  This ministry gifts prayer quilts to people who are in special need of prayer or who wish to give thanks for a blessing from God.  Eunice tatts the crosses for the backs of our quilts, embellishes the stunning banners we raffle as Christmas fundraisers and does both hand & machine sewing.

Until recently, Eunice drove down from Paraparaumu to St Andrew’s Parish Centre in Plimmerton to our weekly gatherings but now takes a leisurely trip on the train.  She has also been giving tatting lessons to a couple of members of our team. She is a real inspiration to us all and an example of how connecting with different groups, socialising in the community and giving of your talents & gifts can enrich your life as well as the lives of those around you.

Article by Mrs Glenis Rutledge