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Mangere Selwyn Centre, Te Karaiti te Pou Herenga Waka, Corner Orly Ave & Cape Rd, Mangere

Selwyn Centres

Update 23 September 2020

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement, please see the following updates for Selwyn Centres

On 21 September, the Government announced that the country (with the exception of Auckland) would move to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on 21 September. Therefore, we’re pleased to confirm that Selwyn Centres in Northland, Waikato and Christchurch will be able to reopen.

In reopening, Selwyn Centres will need to display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code and have contact tracing forms in place. People attending the Centres will need to practise safe hygiene (handwashing, using hand sanitiser and observing social distancing where practical). It’s important that the environment is kept clean and that surfaces are regularly wiped down. The wearing of face coverings will also help to keep our Selwyn Centre coordinators and guests safe, and are particularly useful when physical distancing is difficult.

If people are feeling unwell, they must stay home and are advised to contact their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms.

The Auckland region will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on 23 September. Unfortunately, this means that Selwyn Centres in greater Auckland will remain closed. At Alert Level 2, the disease is contained but there is still community transmission. Remember - the wearing of face coverings is mandatory if you’re travelling into, out of or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft. 

Please stay up-to-date via the Government’s Covid-19 website and, in particular, with the advice on the protecting yourself and others from covid-19 section, face coverings, keeping track of where you’ve been via the Covid tracing app, and maintaining physical distancing.

We’ll continue to update you as the situation evolves and as information becomes available (the next expected update from the Government will be on 5 October).

We’re grateful to our coordinators and volunteers for all they’re doing to support their Centre guests and to keep our Selwyn community safe.

The Foundation also offers a range of resources and advice on support services, which are available at our ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’ pages.

Update 16 September 2020

Selwyn Centre Update

On Monday the Prime Minister announced the country will remain at the current Alert Levels for one more week until 11.59pm on Monday 21st September.

Unfortunately this means that all Selwyn Centres across the country will remain closed until further notice.

Please stay up to date via the Government's Covid-19 website in particular the advice on protecting yourself and others from covid-19 section; and information on face coverings, keeping track of where you’ve been via the Covid tracing app, and maintaining physical distancing.

We will continue to update you as further changes occur; until then we recommend you wear masks in public places, stay safe and be kind.

25 August 2020

Selwyn Centres remain closed after latest Government annoncement

Update 26 August 2020

On Monday the Government announced the decision to apply a short extension to Auckland's Alert Level 3 until midnight on Sunday 30 August. Therefore, from Monday 31 August, Auckland will be at Alert Level 2 along with the rest of New Zealand.

While the Selwyn Centres across the country will remain closed until further notice, we would like to thank all our Selwyn Centre coordinators and volunteers for everything they do to ensure that our vulnerable seniors continue to have support.

Please stay up to date with the Government’s advice on the Covid-19 website, in particular the ‘Protecting yourself and others from covid-19’ section; where there is ample information on face coverings, keeping track of where you’ve been via the Covid tracing app, and maintaining physical distancing.

The Foundation also offers a range of resources and advice on support services that are available at our ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’ pages.

We will provide you with further updates as we progress through the Alert Levels. In the meantime, stay safe.

11 august

Latest information for Selwyn Centre guests

Updated 12 August 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that Auckland is to move to Level 3 on Wednesday, 12 August 2020, please be advised that our Selwyn Centres are now closed to ensure that we can protect our guests from any possible transmission of COVID-19. It is particularly important that we take this action immediately given the fact that the source of the latest cases is unknown.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please check this page regularly for further updates.

For the latest COVID-19 information, go to www.covid19.govt.nz.

 

Update 11 June 2020

Updated: 11 June 2020

Selwyn Centres reopen under Alert Level 1

With the move to Alert Level 1 on 9 June, it’s now safe to gather together in groups, with no restrictions on numbers. This means Selwyn Centres can reopen, and guests, volunteers and coordinators are able to celebrate being together again.

There are, however, some people who may have concerns about being in a group, as it takes time to rebuild our confidence about safe gatherings. To help prepare for reopening, we’ve developed guidelines for Centres as they look to resume their sessions. This checklist is for guidance on the safe operation of the Centre, and each parish will also have health and safety guidelines.

People attending the Centres must be feeling well, otherwise should stay home and see their doctor if they have any flu-like symptoms. The Centre environment will be cleaned before opening, and everyone will be reminded of the need to practise good health and hygiene etiquette (handwashing, using hand sanitiser, coughing into the elbow), and about safe food preparation and handling. The Centres will maintain a register of guest and visitor attendance for contact tracing if required.

We would like to sincerely thank all our Selwyn Centre coordinators and volunteers for their understanding and commitment over these challenging times, and for everything they’ve done to keep our Selwyn Centre community safe. We’re delighted that they’ll be able to welcome back their Selwyn Centre guests. Let’s now look forward to ‘uniting for recovery’ and reuniting with our Selwyn Centre community. 

For information on COVID-19, go to www.covid19.govt.nz. The Foundation offers a wide range of resources and advice on support services that are available to older people at our ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’ webpages.

Upday 13 May 2020

Update 13 May 2020

Selwyn Centres remain closed under Alert Level 2

Our Selwyn Centres remain closed under Alert Level 2, as the vulnerable communities we serve are advised by Government to play it safe at home, and continue to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

We acknowledge that many of you will be disappointed with this news, because our Selwyn Centre community wants to be able to reconnect with our Selwyn friends over a chat and morning tea at our Centres. However we must continue to ensure safe practice to protect the vulnerable in our community, as we build confidence about small safe gatherings.

As always, sincere thanks to all our Selwyn Centre coordinators and volunteers for everything they’re continuing to do - keeping in regular contact with their guests, helping out with shopping and deliveries, and providing helpful advice and reassurance during this time. Our coordinators are also sending out newsletters with inspiring stories, activities and updates to cheer everyone and provide a sense of connection – so important for those seniors who may be living alone.

The Foundation offers a wide range of resources and advice on support services that are available to older people and those who may be in need, visit ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’.

The latest Government advice on COVID-19 can be found at: https://covid19.govt.nz/

We will provide further updates as we progress through the Alert Levels. In the meantime, continue to play it safe, stay healthy, keep it small and keep your distance.

Update 5 May 2020

Updated 5 May 2020

Selwyn Centres remain closed under Alert Level 3

Our Selwyn Centres remain closed under Alert Level 3, as the vulnerable communities we serve are advised by Government to stay at home in order to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

We would like to thank all our Selwyn Centre coordinators and volunteers for everything they’re continuing to do - keeping in regular contact with their guests to check on wellbeing and ensuring that our vulnerable seniors continue to have support from family, neighbours or friends, as well as sufficient food and medicine supplies.  Our coordinators have also been sending out newsletters with inspiring stories, activities and updates to keep everyone’s spirits up, and have been providing helpful advice, reassurance and a ‘listening ear’ – so important for those seniors who may be living alone.

The Foundation offers a wide range of resources and advice on support services that are available to older people and those who may be in need at our ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’ webpages.

The latest Government advice on COVID-19 can be found at: https://covid19.govt.nz/

We will provide further updates as we enter Alert Level 2.  In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, everyone - at home if you can - and keep your ‘bubble’ small. 

Update 1 April 2020

Update 1 April 2020

Update for Selwyn Centres

We are now into our second week of our lockdown period and are coming to terms with this new way of living in order to curtail COVID-19. The Government continue to advise that everyone over the age of 70 should stay at home to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

While the Selwyn Centres are closed until further notice, the coordinators with the help of their volunteers are in regular phone contact with their guests to check how they are doing and that they have the support they need.  They are also checking guests have ways to contact family, neighbours, friends or their GP, as necessary.  We would like to reassure guests that Coordinators are able to refer guests to appropriate services for help should they encounter difficulties as they self-isolate.

You can visit the COVID-19 website for up to date information on Covid-19. The Ministry for Seniors have put out a list of key telephone numbers which you may find useful. These include:

  • COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453
  • For general health issues, phone your doctor
  • For emergencies dial 111.
  • Call or text 1737 if you are feeling anxious or need someone to talk to
  • Elder Abuse Helpline 0800 32 668 65
  • To discuss your entitlements phone the MSD Senior Services line 0800 552 002
  • Check your details are correct through your MyMSD Account at www.my.msd.govt.nz
  • Government helpline 0800 779 997 or on 0800 22 66 57 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).

To our Selwyn community continue to stay safe and well, as we all get used to our new way of life in the fight to eradicate this virus from New Zealand. 

Update 24 March 2020

Latest Advice for our Selwyn Centre communities 24 March 2020

Selwyn Centres are closed until further notice, as the Government has advised that everyone over the age of 70 should stay at home to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

The coordinators of our Selwyn Centres are contacting their guests to advise of their Centre closure, and checking they have support, food and medicines. Coordinators are planning measures with the help of their volunteers, to ensure there is regular phone contact with guests, and making sure that they have ways to contact family, neighbours, friends or their GP, as necessary.

Further information on how to protect against Covid-19 is available here, or you can visit the new Government website https://covid19.govt.nz/

 

Update 19 March 2020

Advice for our Selwyn Centre communities

As the COVID-19 situation is changing on a daily basis, individual parishes or Ministry Units may decide on voluntary closure of their particular Selwyn Centre to protect their community and other groups within the church.

There are Selwyn Centres that may choose to remain open for guests who would like to attend. It is the choice of guests and their families whether to attend their Selwyn Centre, or to stay away because of health reasons or concerns about being amongst a group.  

Whatever the decision, the vulnerable population within the Selwyn Centre community will continue to need social contact and support during these uncertain times.

For Selwyn Centres that choose to remain open, they will be increasing their measures to prevent the risk of infection, including practising good hygiene and maintaining distance between people. Recommended practices include avoiding close contact or handshaking, regular handwashing (for at least 20 seconds with soap and water) or using hand sanitizer, taking care when handling food, and generally increasing their use of cleaning products to wipe surfaces, door handles and light switches, for example.  They may also display a notice on the door to screen visitors before allowing entry to the Centre and, when greeting people, reminding them to hand wash or use sanitizer.

For those Selwyn Centres who temporarily close, their coordinators will be considering a range of ways to maintain regular (at least weekly) contact with guests, in order to check on their health and wellbeing and make sure that they are in contact with family, friends or their GP, as necessary.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing and difficulty breathing. If any of our Selwyn Centre community are suffering with cold- or flu-like symptoms, we recommend self-isolation for 14 days until you are clear of symptoms.  Stay at home, avoid public gatherings and events, and follow good hygiene practices - cover your mouth and nose when sneezing with disposable tissues, then wash hands or use hand sanitiser, and maintain distance from others.

If people are concerned they can phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact their GP, phoning ahead of their visit. Further information is available here or you can visit the new Government website https://covid19.govt.nz/