Increased Funding for Seniors Projects – Department of Social Development

The development of a virtual village map in Mount Roskill, Auckland, and the creation of a Te Ao Māori Library to access information, stories and community history in Whangarei are among the latest projects funded by the age-friendly fund.
Office of Seniors Director Diane Turner said it was even more important to keep seniors connected to their communities due to COVID19.
“Last year’s closures impacted the lives of many seniors. Community organizations have played a vital role in supporting seniors during this time,” she said.
“These projects will help recovery and strengthen community ties for the future.”
“With the right planning and support, we can create age-friendly environments where everyone, regardless of age, feels valued, connected and able to actively participate in the community.”
The successful applicants in this round of funding are:

* Foto Iwi Charitable Trust – Capturing stories between young and old through digital media.

* Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otangarei – Providing space and support for kaumatua

* HBH Senior Living – Developing a virtual village plan to connect vulnerable seniors

* Kawerau and District Aging in Place – Undertake community survey to inform Age Friendly Councils and Accessibility Strategy review

* Timaru District Council – Development of an age-friendly strategy and plan for Timaru District

* Whanganui District Council – Designing interventions and supporting digital inclusion.

* Mackenzie District Council – Development of an age-friendly community strategy and terms of reference to implement the plan.

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* Kāpiti Coast District Council – Creating an age-friendly environment for kaumatua focused on meeting the needs of Maori in Kapiti District.
The Office for Seniors Age friendly funds grants of up to $15,000 for projects that promote the inclusion of seniors and help cities and communities prepare for their aging populations.
For more information on the projects, recipients and the Age-Friendly Fund, visit: Funding for Age-Friendly Communities | Te Tari Kaumātua (officeforseniors.govt.nz)https://officeforseniors.govt.nz/our-work/age-friendly-communities/funding-for-age-friendly-communities/>

Joel C. Hicks