Community Connects grant recipients announced

04 July 2019.

In the latest round, eight projects were successful.

Developing a virtual-village model in Howick, and implementing a community outreach project to engage with older Pasifika people in Auckland, are among the latest projects funded by the Community Connects grants.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, said the successful projects would help communities get ready for an ageing population.

“We know that across the world, our population is getting older,” she said.

“With the right planning and support, we can create environments where older people are valued, connected and able to participate in their community.

“These projects will help us achieve that and make sure our communities are age-friendly for everyone.”

In the April funding round eight groups were successful.

The successful applicants and their projects include:

  • Chinese New Settlers Services Trust- to carry out targeted consultations with Chinese communities in Auckland to help develop an age-friendly action plan
  • Hauraki District Council- to develop a feasibility study to establish an intergenerational and age-friendly social support hub for older people in Waihi
  • Horowhenua District Council- to develop an Age-friendly Communities strategy and review of Horowhenua District Council’s Positive Ageing Action Plan
  • HBH Senior Living- to develop a virtual-village model to build an age-friendly community for the seniors of Howick and surrounding areas
  • Kapiti Coast Grey Power- to engage with the four unique communities in the Kapiti Coast area to identify and prioritise age-friendly actions
  • Nelson-Tasman Community Transport Trust- to research the transport needs for the older people in the district, and trial a community bus service to inform the development of an effective community transport service model
  • New Plymouth Age Friendly Trust- to engage with key stakeholders in rural and remote areas of the district to identify and agree on the key priority areas for the Age Friendly New Plymouth Action Plan and to oversee implementation
  • TOA Pacific- to facilitate an introduction to older Pacific people engaging and connecting with a range of age-friendly community-led and council activities, to help reduce social isolation and loneliness.

The Community Connects grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support their community to prepare for an ageing population.

The fund makes one-off grants up to $15,000. A second round will be held later this year.