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Strong Neighbourhoods ease loneliness- Kapiti study

Living in a friendly, secure neighbourhood is a key way to keep loneliness and social isolation at bay in older age. This is one of many interesting findings from a survey conducted on behalf of Age Concern Kāpiti by Professor Chris Stephens from the Health and Ageing Research Team at Massey University.

Prior to this survey we were not sure of the extent of loneliness among older people in Kāpiti but it has confirmed it’s real and that steps need to be taken to understand the issues and find solutions.  For more information:  Massey 2019_social_connections_report

Of particular interest was the important role that neighbours and neighbourhoods play in alleviating loneliness and as a result we actively encourage people to get to know their neighbours.

 

Vibrant and Happy Communities

Creating vibrant and happy communities starts at neighbourhood level but current lifestyles often mean people don’t know their neighbours.

Finding ways to connect in our own neighbourhood can be as simple as a friendly wave, a chat over the fence or getting to know one another over a coffee. It only takes one person to initiate an informal get together to get things started.

The AgeConnect Kāpiti Neighbourhood initiative aims to encourage neighbours to come together. We would love to hear about things that happen in your street to feature on this page.  Send a short paragraph and a photo to ‘Contact Us

 

Neighbourhood Stories & Photos

Horopito Road, Waikanae

  Neighbours in Horopito Road, Waikanae got together on a beautiful sunny February afternoon.

An initial gathering was planned just prior to the pandemic outbreak but was unable to go ahead due to the lockdown.  Instead, a mailbox drop was initiated by a couple of households asking who would be interested to keep in touch during the unusual and uncertain times..  From this, an email list was set up enabling neighbours to keep in contact during and after lockdown.

Everyone in the neighbourhood was keen to meet face to face and an afternoon tea was arranged and held on a neighbour’s front lawn when gatherings were again allowed.  Nearly 50 people arrived with something for afternoon tea and they were soon laughing, talking and making connections.  Some having lived in Horopito Road for many years while others only a short time, it was clear how important it was for all of us to get to know one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferndale BBQ

Waikanae’s Ferndale subdivision has grown very rapidly over the last few years, and now has a mix of ages ranging from the very mature to young families.  A great sense of community has developed with the active encouragement and participation of the ‘early settlers’.  This has been assisted by the fact that everyone is new to the area and keen to be a part of such a friendly, supportive and welcoming community.

To assist in fostering a community atmosphere, Ferndale Residents have formed an Association.  Each year the Ferndale Residents Association holds its annual barbecue in the Ferndale playground.  In February this year, approximately 30 residents and their families took the opportunity to enjoy the fine weather and to catch up with other members of the community. The playground provided a safe environment for children to have fun, play together and ride on their bikes and scooters. We all had a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon.

During the past two years we have planted a community orchard in our subdivision, with each family donating one or two trees, and providing ongoing care for them. At this year’s barbecue, wooden labels and engraving tools were available for those present to make labels for their trees. These were fun to make, but not without a few mistakes and re-makes. The labels were attached to the trees the following week during another community get-together, this time to prune their trees.

 

 

 

To help us reach more people in Kapiti, we are pleased to be working with Neighbourhood Support Wellington, Porirua & Kāpiti. Click here to see their latest newsletter.

 

Here are some tips about starting a Neighbourhood Group?

  1. List people you know in your street and seek their support
  2. Decide when and where the initial gathering will be held
  3. Drop an invitation into neighbours mailboxes
  4. At the gathering:

Welcome and get neighbours to introduce themselves

Discuss the reason for setting up a Neighbourhood Group:

        • Social connections
        • Assistance and support in times of emergency
        • Being part of Neighbourhood Support network

Discuss and decide:

        • How often meetings will be held
        • Responsibility for organising meetings
        • Setting up and maintaining the contact list
        • To register your group with Neighbourhood Support      Click here