Kerikeri Retirement Village is one of 13 local organisations to receive funding in the latest grants round of the Age friendly Fund.
Managed by the Office for Seniors, grants of up to $15,000 are available for projects that promote the inclusion of older people and help communities prepare for their ageing populations.
Kerikeri Village CEO Hilary Sumpter said: “We are delighted to be the recipient of an Age friendly Fund grant. We are a community organisation set up to enable the best possible life for older people in our village and our community.
“We have identified that loneliness could be impacting on the well-being of older people in Kerikeri. This grant will enable us to carry out a research project that explores the social participation and social inclusion of older people in our area to learn more about the barriers people are experiencing and the opportunities to support our community to respond.
“We will also look at opportunities to use Kerikeri Retirement Village community centre and assess the need for an Age friendly Community Group. The insights from this research will help us to work together with our community to build an Age friendly community that empowers older people to feel connected.”
Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, added: “These grants support older people to remain connected and with the confidence to continue to actively participate in their community.
“With the right planning and support, we can create age-friendly environments where everyone, regardless of age, feels valued and connected.”
For more information on the projects, the recipients and the Age friendly Fund go to: Funding for age friendly communities | Te Tari Kaumātua (officeforseniors.govt.nz)