BAF has partnered with the Selwyn Foundation and Taranaki’s Tainui Village to help prevent social isolation of older people throughout the Waikato and Taranaki regions.
Through these partnerships we have established Selwyn Centres in Waikato and Tainui Day Centres in Taranaki as a response to the growing social isolation issue for elderly.
The centres offer social activities, gentle exercise, friendship, laughter, outings, help and support to those over 65 who may be living alone or have limited opportunity to get out and about.
The programme is community based and is designed to protect older people from social isolation or loneliness. Although based mainly in the Anglican Church premises, the centres serve older people from across the entire community.
In Waikato we have centres in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville and three in Hamilton. In Taranaki we have centres in Opunake, Patea and Waverley.
BAF continues to look at ways to expand the programme to more communities in the two regions.