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Selwyn Centres are weekly get-togethers for over 65's providing fun, advice and support.

Selwyn Centres

Weekly get-togethers for over 65s providing fun, advice and support.

Drop in for a cup of tea and a chat with friends old and new. Enjoy games, a bit of gentle exercise, laughter and good times. 

Hosted by the Anglican Church in parishes across the country, in association with The Selwyn Foundation, Selwyn Centres offer social activities, gentle exercise, a varied events programme, laughter and fun, morning (or afternoon) tea, and practical advice.

The small charge to attend our centres goes towards refreshments, activities and running costs. Some centres also offer lunch or transport (for a small additional fee or donation).

Check our directory below for details about your local Selwyn Centre.

15 years of Selwyn Centres

September 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of our Selwyn Centres parish partnership charitable outreach programme. The initiative, providing neighbourhood drop-in centres for the over 65s, launched in Papakura to combat the problems of loneliness and social isolation experienced by older people living in the community.

Since then, the number of Selwyn Centres has grown to 39, offering friendship, fun, support and advocacy to seniors in localities across Greater Auckland, Northland, the Waikato and Christchurch. They welcome people of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

The Centres offer a timetable of shared activities, gentle exercise, morning tea and occasional excursions all at nominal cost, with transport available, if required. Each session is facilitated by a trained coordinator and a team of volunteers. Loneliness can be a serious health issue for older people. Research confirms that remaining socially connected has a positive effect on general health and can also bring psychological benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia. Indeed, the importance of social connections for wellbeing has led researchers to call on health professionals to take loneliness as seriously as other health risks.

For older people who may be without close family or friends, or who have limited opportunity for social engagement, Selwyn Centres provide a chance to meet with others of the same age group within their local area each week. They provide companionship and shared interests in a supportive environment which, in turn, contributes to older people staying active, healthy and independent in their own homes. In 2015, new Centres opened in Mangere and the North New Brighton area of Christchurch, and Hamilton in 2016.

Find a Selwyn Centre near you
  • Aranui

    St Ambrose Anglican Church
    309 Breezes Rd, Aranui
    Contact St Ambrose Anglican Church phone 03 384 8396
  • Beachlands

    St Hilda Community Hall
    3 Wakelin Rd, Beachlands
    Contact St Hilda Community Church phone 09 268 4685 or 09 536 7206
  • Birkdale & Beach Haven

    Birkdale & Beach Haven Anglican Church
    56A Tramway Rd, Beach Haven
    Contact Birkdale Beach Haven Anglican Church phone 09 483 6258 or 021 073 4153
  • Blockhouse Bay

    Church of the Saviour
    2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay
    Contact Church of the Saviour phone 09 627 8779
  • Burwood

    All Saints Anglican Church
    305 New Brighton Rd, Burwood
    Contact All Saints Anglican Church phone 03 384 8396
  • Cambridge

    St Andrew's Centre
    85 Hamilton Rd, Cambridge
    Contact St Andrew's Centre phone 07 827 3733
  • Clendon

    St Elizabeth's Anglican Church
    182 Finlayson Ave, Clendon
    Contact St Elizabeth's Anglican Church phone 09 268 8441
  • Clendon Pacific Island Community

    St Elizabeth's Anglican Church
    182 Finlayson Ave, Clendon
    Contact St Elizabeth's Anglican Church phone 09 268 8441 or 021 072 0529
  • Fendalton

    St Barnabas Anglican Church
    Cnr Fendalton Rd and Tui St, Fendalton
    Contact St Barnabas Anglican Church phone 03 351 7064
  • Flat Bush

    St Paul's in the Park Anglican Church
    141 Chapel Rd, Flat Bush
    Contact St Paul's in the Park Anglican Church phone 09 536 7128
  • Glen Eden

    St Andrew's Anglican Hall
    10 Clayburn Rd, Glen Eden
    Contact St Andrew's Anglican Hall phone 09 833 8813
  • Grey Lynn

    St Colomba's Anglican Church
    92 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn
    Contact St Colomba's Anglican Church phone 09 376 9119
  • Henderson

    St Michael's Anglican Church
    425 Great North Rd, Henderson
    Contact St Michael's Anglican Church phone 09 838 8380 or 09 416 4474
  • Howick

    All Saints Anglican Church
    17 Selwyn Rd, Howick
    Contact All Saints' Anglican Church phone 09 534 6864
  • Huapai

    St Chad's Church
    7 Matua Rd, Huapai
    Contact St Chad's Church phone 09 416 7298
  • Kohimarama

    St Andrew's Anglican Church Hall
    116 Selwyn Ave, Kohimaramara
    Contact St Andrew's Anglican Church Hall phone 09 521 8993
  • Mangere

    Te Karaiti te Pou Herenga Waka
    Corner Orly Ave and Cape Rd, Mangere
    Contact Mangere Selwyn Centre phone 09 275 7520 or 022 645 0911
  • Manurewa

    St Luke's Anglican Church
    3 Russell Rd, Manurewa
    Contact St Luke's Anglican Church phone 09 266 5266
  • Meadowbank

    St Chad's Church and Community Centre
    38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank
    Contact St Chad's Anglican Church phone 09 533 9000 or 021 180 7321
  • Melville

    St Luke's Selwyn Centre
    8 St Luke's Pl, Melville, Hamilton
    Contact St Luke's Parish Hall phone 07 981 1022
  • Milford

    St Paul's Anglican Church
    2 Otakau Rd, Milford
    Contact St Paul's Anglican Church phone 09 486 0668
  • Morrinsville

    St Matthew's Parish Hall
    269 Thames St, Morrinsville
    Contact St Matthew's Parish Hall, 'The Hub' phone 07 889 5260 or 027 2222 767
  • Mt Albert

    St Luke's Anglican Church
    704 New North Rd, Mt Albert
    Contact St Luke's Anglican Church phone 09 528 6916 or 027 498 8010
  • North New Brighton

    St Andrew's Church
    107 Marriotts Rd, North New Brighton
    Contact St Andrew's Church phone 03 384 8396
  • Opawa

    St Mark's Anglican Church
    101 Opawa Rd, Opawa
    Contact St Mark's Anglican Church phone 03 384 8396
  • Papakura

    The Homestead
    21 Youngs Rd, Papakura
    Contact The Homestead phone 09 297 2252
  • Paparoa

    St Mark's Anglican Church
    6 Hook Rd, Paparoa
    Contact St Mark's Anglican Church phone 09 431 8193 or 021 212 4911
  • Papatoetoe

    St George's Anglican Church
    5 Landscape Rd, Papatoetoe
    Contact St George's Anglican Church phone 09 278 3412
  • Papatoetoe Indian Community

    St George's Anglican Church
    5 Landscape Rd, Papatoetoe
    Contact St George's Anglican Church phone 09 278 3412
  • Pukekohe

    St Andrew's Anglican Church
    43 Queen St, Pukekohe
    Contact St Andrew's Anglican Church phone 09 238 5850 or 027 241 5645
  • Royal Oak

    St John the Evangelist Anglican Church
    6 Chandler Ave, Royal Oak
    Contact St John the Evangelist Anglican Church phone 021 050 2987
  • Swanson

    St Mark's Anglican Church
    705 Swanson Rd, Swanson
    Contact St Mark's Anglican Church phone 09 833 9803
  • Te Awamutu

    St John's Parish Lounge
    162 Arawata St, Te Awamutu
    Contact St John's Parish Lounge phone 07 872 7780
  • Thames

    St George's Hall
    602 Mackay St, Thames
    Contact St George's Hall phone 07 869 0101
  • Tuakau

    St John's Anglican Church
    Corner of George St and Buckland Rd, Tuakau
    Contact St John's Anglican Church phone 07 233 4303 or 021 555 002
  • Waiuku

    St Andrew's Centre
    85 Queen St, Waiuku
    Contact St Andrew's Centre phone 09 235 9954
  • Warkworth

    Christ Church Parish Lounge
    Percy St, Warkworth
    Contact Christ Church Parish Lounge phone 09 425 8054
  • Whangaparaoa

    St Stephen's Church Hall
    3 Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa
    Contact St Stephen's Church Hall phone 09 421 0645 or 09 424 8956
  • Whangarei

    Whangarei Anglican Church Hall
    2A Kamo Rd, Whangarei
    Contact Whangarei Anglican Church Hall phone 09 437 6087