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Visiting Service - Client Story

24/11/2016 We received this lovely message from one of our Accredited Visiting Services' Clients and I wanted to share with you:

 “I am enjoying the visits Miss B  is keen, a delightful girl, she’s only 21 but I love being with younger people. My visitors before were also lovely. Actually Age Concern has saved my life. I needed someone to just walk beside me during a very difficult time and just that has given me so much confidence. I really missed having a visitor so very much while I was waiting for a new one and this new visitor really is helping me so much.

A Counselling Service Client Story

21 November 2016

A Counselling Service Client Story

My little say on my counselling experience with  Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc.

'I arrived at the councilling office at the end of my tether...feeling depressed, anxious and almost giving up on life due to my situation at home.  I am a divorcee and retired. 

My daughter had come back to roost, including two teenage grandchildren, not to mention all their furniture and belongings, including cat!  I already had a adult member of the family living with me which I coped with, but was hard as he had been out of work for almost 3 years.

Who Cares for Our Carers by Maxine Oakey

Who cares…. for our carers?

‘To the world you may be one person;

but to one person you may be the world’

- Dr Seuss

The festive season is anticipated as a time of joy, merriment and companionship.   People are able to take time away from their work environment and spend it with their families and friends.   It is seen as an opportunity to relax away from our daily stresses.  It can also be a time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close and look forward to new challenges and opportunities that the new year might bring.

But this is not necessarily true for everyone.

IDOP 2016 - connection sculpture


view our video of our event creating our sculpture

CONNECTION – it is the most powerful thing for people.

We know it helps us be human

It reduces isolation and vulnerability

For International Day of Older Person this year we are doing something a little bit different.

Following our Connection workshops for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

How do you connect?  watch what we learnt from our Connection event in June

We want you to show us how you connect!

Come and create the sculpture with us by weaving yarn

great fun for members

Great photo of those who went on the van trip the other day to the Hunua Falls and 

surrounding countryside.  Thanks to volunteer drivers David Fox and Roy Ayris

Jerry Green retires from the board


Alistaire Hall our Chair and Wendy Bremner CEO presenting Jerry Green with a certificate of appreciation for his many years service on the board


Wendy Bremner CEO and Kelly Wright 2-I-C celebrating with Jerry 


Winter Wellness

Be well this winter | Pharmacists can provide free health advice.

"No appointment is needed, we can quickly assess your health problem and provide the necessary treatment, advice or refer you further if that’s best for you. We are always happy to have a quick chat."

SCAM alert

In the Auckland area calls from people pretending to be from the Auckland City Council and requiring the elderly to install heat pumps and insulation into their homes. This scam happened a couple of months ago, and it's active unfortunately again. Please share this with the local Auckland age concern offices.  Here is the old article which was released when it first happened, might provide more clarity.

Respect not Abuse

Link to article in the courier - CEO Wendy Bremner and board member Stella Cattle interviewed by Chris Harrowell reporter for Manukau Courier

Have a read and remember to register if you are attending our event on the 15th.

More Info about Auckland Transport Gold Card

A message from Auckland Transport -

This is to advise that we can accept the following additional customer ID:

  • NZ Gun Licence
  • Current photo authenticated by a Justice of the Peace (JP)

The JP service is another option for those customers who don’t have current photo ID. 

The Auckland JP Service operates a walk-in service at 55 locations across Auckland.

Below is a table which shows the AT Customer Service Centre hours of operation, which is also available on our website at this link.  We hope this is of use you.

We are also finalising