Senior Services

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 championforolderpeople@gmail.com

Project flyer: Companionship flyer

The Total Mobility Scheme

The Total Mobility scheme subsidises licensed taxi services to assist eligible people with impairments to access transport.

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)

You can obtain a Total Mobility Card from 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:
www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/Land/the-Total-Mobility-Scheme/