Could you be a volunteer visitor?
Age Concern Kapiti’s Accredited Visiting Service (AVS) has been successfully established for many years. The aim is to increase social connections for older people living in Kapiti.
Our AVS visitors range in age, can be male or female and come from different backgrounds. A common thread is the wish to make a difference in the life of an older person.
If you can give an hour or so of your time each week, are warm and friendly, enjoy a chat and respect confidentiality, please contact us for more information about AVS.
June Te Maro- 10 years a visitor for Age Concern Kapiti
June, a lovely Maori lady, came into our office on 14th April 2009. She had seen our advertisment for volunteer visitors in the local paper. We’re so lucky she did because she has now been a wonderful Age Concern Kapiti visitor for 10 years (with a couple of short breaks along the way). In that time, June has become a great and trusted friend to 3 of our clients.
“I grew up being amongst the elderly”, syas June, “my kuia/ koroua ( Nanny’s and Granddad’s) and I always loved being in their surrounds to listen and learn from them and do for them, giving and receiving the aroha (love)”.
When June saw our advert 10 years ago, she was prompted to find out more about becoming an Accredited Visitor because, as she explains “I had just been walking through Coastlands Mall and I saw an elderly lady looking lonely. So I sat down with her and she told me she gets lonely and needs a friend. So I became her friend and I saw her regularly until she passed away”.
Orginally from Waikato, June has 30 grandkids and 4 great-grandkids. In the questionnaire she completed for us in 2009, she included among her interests and pastimes “cooking and feeding people, meeting people, caring for pre-schoolers, teaching and learning from them”.
A wonderful lady is June Te Maro. As I write this, she is probably making pikelets to take to our client- her friend Carol.