Thanks to a Community Connects grant, the city of Nelson is gearing up to better understand what its older people need and want.

As one of four recipients of the latest round of the Community Connects grants Nelson City Council plans to investigate the experiences and challenges of ageing from older people in Nelson, with a particular emphasis on Māori, Pasifika, refugees, older migrants and LGBTI. This is to help inform the development of the wider Nelson Age-Friendly Strategy.

The Community Connects grants are administered by the Office for Seniors and help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support their community to prepare for an ageing population. The fund makes one-off grants up to $15,000.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner congratulated the successful recipients.

“We know that across the world, our population is ageing,” she said. “With the right planning and support, we can create environments where older people are valued, connected and able to participate in their community.

“These projects will help us achieve that and make sure our community is age-friendly for everyone.”

In the October funding round four groups were successful and will share in $44,600 in funding.”

Taupō District Council is also among the successful applicants. The council intends to develop an Age-friendly Communities Strategy to support the ageing population in Taupō districts.

Other successful projects were Enliven Woburn – Lower Hutt (Presbyterian Support) which will run a pilot volunteer buddy programme to support older people with dementia (and their carers), and Wesley Community Action which will work with the community to develop an Ageing Well Network in the Lower Hutt and wider Wellington region.

For more information on Community Connects and the next funding round, visit www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz.

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