Senior Services

Valuing our seniors and their contribution to our community is important to us. There are several services and support groups in the Upper Clutha for our seniors:


Useful information for our Seniors (Wanaka)

Click on the above link for a list of support services and groups, or pop into our office to pick up a copy. Some of the services listed are outlined in further details below:



Companionship / Visiting service

In July 2016 Community Networks introduced a new project to provide companionship for older people across the Upper Clutha. The Champion for Older Person group is a network of agencies that support older people in the region. These groups have identified that we have older people in our community feeling lonely and isolated. Based on this need Community Networks secured funding from the Elsie and Ray Armstrong Charitable Trust to run a pilot project to develop a companionship project.  This entails a volunteer meeting with an older person approximately once a week to offer companionship and a small amount of help where needed such as a visit to the shops. The volunteer does not provide a care service for the older person.

If you know of an older person who you believe would benefit from receiving these visits, or you would like to volunteer to visit, please contact Anscilaine, Project Coordinator, on 03 443 7799 or

Project flyer: Companionship flyer



Wheels to Dunstan

The Wheels to Dunstan bus is a free mini bus service to and from Dunstan Hospital or to clinics in Alexandra for medical appointments. You can also use the Wheels to Dunstan bus to connect with transport to and from Dunedin hospital. The Dunedin bus leaves Cromwell at 7.30 am and leaves Dunedin approx. 3pm. People of any age can use the service and it is typically used by people who don’t own a car, are no longer able to drive or simply can’t afford the trip. It is driven by  a fantastic team of volunteer drivers who will pick you up from your door and deliver you right to where your appointment is.


Call Community Networks 03 443 7799 giving details of your name, address, day and time of your appointment. Appointments ideally will be between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to minimise waiting times should there be more than one passenger on the bus. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are an ACC client and provide your ACC number.

St John Central Otago Health Shuttle-  Transport to Dunedin Hospital

This is available from Cromwell Monday-Friday. The bus leaves Cromwell at 7.30 am and returns from Dunedin at approx. 3pm.
Appointments in Dunedin need to be between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Otherwise you can stay overnight and catch the bus back the next day.
Cost: The suggested donation is $20 each way. ACC travel fund or Ministry of Health Travel Assistance may be available.

Bookings for the Dunedin bus: 0800 785 276 at least before 3pm the day before the appointment

Once you have made your booking for the Dunedin bus we can then book an early shift driver from Wanaka to Cromwell and a late shift driver to meet the Dunedin bus to return to Wanaka.

Please phone Community Networks on 03 443 7799 to book this, mentioning you need the early and late shift to connect with the Dunedin bus.


If you wish to visit someone in Dunstan hospital you may travel on the bus if it is already going that day and there is a space. You will have to wait until all the patients on the bus have finished their appointments for that day. Please phone Community Networks to enquire.


Donations are welcome. Please give directly to the driver.



Meals on Wheels

MOW are reasonably priced meals delivered to your door by a wonderful team of volunteer drivers on weekdays. This service is most often used by elderly people who find it difficult to shop and cook for themselves.  However, if you are ill or recovering from an illness it is possible to sign up for these on a short term basis.

The meals are cooked by staff at Elmslie House. Community Networks coordinates the roster of volunteers. Subsidies are available for people with specialist needs. An assessment is required by the medical social worker at Dunstan Hospital – please phone 03 440 4300 for more details.

To start receiving the meals please call Elmslie House on 03 443 7899



Total Mobility Scheme

Funded in partnership by local and central government, the Total Mobility scheme subsidises licensed taxi services to assist eligible people with impairments to access appropriate transport to enhance their community participation.

It provides:

  • Electronic cards to eligible scheme members that discount the normal taxi (or specialist transport provider) fare by 50 percent up to a maximum fare (set by the relevant regional council)
  • funding to scheme providers to help purchase and install wheelchair hoists
  • payment to the owners of hoist vehicles for each Total Mobility Scheme member who requires the use of a wheelchair hoist on a trip.

The scheme is managed and operated by mobility coordinators in regional councils. Scheme users are typically issued with an electronic card.

You can obtain a Total Mobility Card from the relevant regional Total Mobility coordinator – in Wanaka this is Community Networks. When travelling in another region, it is a good idea to advise the taxi driver at the start of the trip if you are using a card from your home town.

For general information about the scheme, visit: