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. This is an important aspect of our project, AgeConnect Kapiti, which aims to help older people access information that enables them to stay connected and involved.
To help spread the word about what is available in Kapiti, we are establishing a network of Community Connectors in everyday places that older people visit.
Our AgeConnect Kapiti Co-ordinator and a team of volunteers are talking with local businesses about the issues of social isolation and loneliness and the aims of AgeConnect Kapiti. They provide these businesses with details and resources about the initiative including the AgeConnect Kapiti website and flyers with information that signpost what is available and where to find further information.
Being involved is not time consuming, it is only a matter of mentioning, when appropriate, the website and having flyers available for customers or clients.
To gauge support for this initiative, we invited a cross section of businesses in Waikanae to take part in a pilot. This took place during September/October 2020 and we are delighted that eighteen businesses are now involved as Community Connectors. In recognition of their involvement an early evening get together was arranged in November 2020 at the Waikanae Baptist Church and certificates were presented.
To see a list of all Waikanae Community Connectors click here https://ageconnectkapiti.co.nz/waikanae/
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 Community Co-ordinator network. The response has been excellent and a list of these businesses will be shown on this website when certificates have been presented.
AgeConnect Kapiti is about finding simple, low cost yet 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 the AgeConnect Kapiti Co-ordinator on 04 298 8879.