Because we understand the need to address this situation, The Selwyn Foundation established the Selwyn Centre Parish Partnership Programme in 2000. We’re working in conjunction with Anglican churches in localities across greater Auckland, Northland, the Waikato and Christchurch, creating places to meet up and connect. These drop-in centres offer friendship, fun, support and advocacy to people over 65 and have a timetable of shared activities, gentle exercise, morning tea and occasional excursions. The excursions are available at a nominal cost and include transport, if required. Each session is organised by a trained coordinator and a team of volunteers.
Designed to address the problems of loneliness of aged people and the associated health risks, the fellowship of these community drop-in centres are also taken out to state-owned pensioner housing complexes in certain locations.
Some coordinators are in a position to address the problems and associated health risks of loneliness in the wider elder community. There are pensioner communities and state-run housing complexes with their own communal hall. So by taking the Selwyn drop-in centre concept to where people already are, coordinators can extend the fellowship and social connection in a real way.
The Selwyn Foundation commits significant funding to the Selwyn Centre Parish Partnership Programme each year and is unique amongst aged care and retirement village providers in resourcing such extensive charitable outreach.