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Selwyn Centre
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Day & social programmes
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Auckland, Northland, Waitemata, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Canterbury
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Hosted by the Anglican Church in parishes across the country, in association with The Selwyn Foundation, Selwyn Centres offer social activities, gentle exercise, a varied events programme, laughter and fun, morning (or afternoon) tea, and practical advice.

The initiative, providing neighbourhood drop-in centres for the over 65s, launched in Papakura to combat the problems of loneliness and social isolation experienced by older people living in the community. Since then, the number of Selwyn Centres has grown to 40, offering friendship, fun, support and advocacy to seniors in localities across Greater Auckland, Northland, the Waikato and Christchurch. They welcome people of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

The Centres offer a timetable of shared activities, gentle exercise, morning tea and occasional excursions all at nominal cost, with transport available, if required. Each session is facilitated by a trained coordinator and a team of volunteers. Loneliness can be a serious health issue for older people. Research confirms that remaining socially connected has a positive effect on general health and can also bring psychological benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia. Indeed, the importance of social connections for wellbeing has led researchers to call on health professionals to take loneliness as seriously as other health risks.

For older people who may be without close family or friends, or who have limited opportunity for social engagement, Selwyn Centres provide a chance to meet with others of the same age group within their local area each week. They provide companionship and shared interests in a supportive environment which, in turn, contributes to older people staying active, healthy and independent in their own homes.

To contact our Selwyn Centres visit our website by clicking the link in the box above.
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THE SELWYN FOUNDATION

The Selwyn Foundation is an independent, faith-based New Zealand registered charity providing services to older people and their families. The Foundation has been leading the way in improving the quality of life of seniors since 1954. As pioneers of the retirement village model and of residential aged care in this country, we are uniquely experienced in providing care, independent retirement living and community outreach services for older adults.

Our Mission is: To deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their family, ensuring that our charitable outreach supports those who are vulnerable or in need. As a result of the ageing of New Zealand's population and the growing numbers of seniors who are vulnerable or in need, our work is more important than ever. With our charitable Mission as our foremost strategic objective, the Foundation is focused on providing charitable support and outreach where there is hardship amongst seniors who live in the wider community – whether that be loneliness and social isolation, material/financial/emotional- or housing-related. For further information on our work and Mission, visit: www.selwynfoundation.org.nz

The Selwyn Foundation
PO Box 8203, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.
www.selwynfoundation.org.nz