Life is about making connections which often happen through a conversation with people we meet in daily life. A casual comment can lead to the discovery of new opportunities and connections.
AgeConnect Kapiti gathers information about, and promotes the wide range of clubs, groups, events, educational and social activities available in Kapiti which can help older people to stay connected and involved.
To help spread the word, local businesses are invited to become AgeConnect Kapiti Connectors.
Age Concern Kapiti staff and a team of volunteers visit and talk with local businesses about the issues of social isolation and loneliness. AgeConnect Kapiti flyers are provided that signpost where to find details of what is available.
Being involved for businesses is not time consuming, it is just a matter of mentioning, when appropriate, the website and having flyers available.
To gauge support for this initiative, we invited a cross section of businesses in Waikanae to be involved in a pilot. This took place during September/October 2020 and we were delighted that eighteen businesses became involved as Connectors.
Above: Waikanae businesses receiving certificates at the conclusion of the pilot.
The AgeConnect Kapiti team has now been in contact with businesses in Otaki, Paraparaumu Central, Paraparaumu Beach, Raumati and Paekakariki inviting them to join the AgeConnect Kapiti Connectors network. The response has been excellent.
Click on the links below for lists of the AgeConnect Kapiti Connectors:
AgeConnect Kapiti is about finding simple, low cost, effective ways to help older people access the information they need to stay connected, and we are excited about the involvement of the Kapiti business community.
If your business would like to be involved, or you have suggestions for how we can help older people to stay connected, please click here to send us your details or phone Age Concern Kapiti on 04 298 8879.