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 project including this AgeConnect Kapiti website and flyers with information that signpost what is available and where to find further information. Being involved is not time consuming for businesses, it is only a matter of mentioning, when appropriate, the website and having flyers available for their 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. Certificates were presented to the businesses able to attend and the AgeConnect Kapiti Co-ordinator will deliver certificates to the remaining businesses.
To see a list of all Waikanae Community Connectors click here https://ageconnectkapiti.co.nz/waikanae/
The AgeConnect Kapiti team will now be in contact with businesses in Otaki, Paraparaumu Central, Paraparaumu Beach, Raumati and Paekakariki and invite them to join the network of Community Co-ordinators.
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 in this project.
If you would like to find out more about being involved as a Community Connector click here to send us your details or phone the AgeConnect Kapiti Co-ordinator on 04 298 8879.