Get involved

AgeConnect is looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to help with programmes designed to help older people feel less lonely or isolated.

Current volunteer roles on offer:

Tea and Talk Nelson hosts

Are you someone who enjoys chatting and spending time with older people? We’re looking for warm and friendly volunteers to help host our weekly Tea & Talk in central Nelson. Every Friday morning, from 10 until 11.30, we run a morning tea drop-in at the Nelson Elma Turner Library. This is an informal get together for people over 65 to socialise and enjoy a cuppa and some delicious baking. We are looking for a co-host to help run these sessions to support the existing host, help make some coffee or tea and chat to the attendees. You should also be confident enough to run these sessions by yourself should the opportunity arise.

If this sounds like you, please contact Marnie on 03-544 7624 ext 5 or email


Our AVS service is a wonderful, simple way to connect two people in a long-term friendship. We ask that you can visit someone (or take them out for a coffee, or a visit to the shops!) once a week for around an hour. We have over 80 volunteers across the region, but are always looking for more. If you think you fit the bill and enjoy chatting to older people, why not give Susan Arrowsmith a call to find out more. She’s on 03 544 7624 ext 2, or email

Carer Relief

Do you enjoy spending time with older people and have some spare time to give? Age Concern Nelson Tasman needs volunteers to help deliver its Carer Relief Service. This service provides informal at-home respite care to eligible clients with a chronic health condition. It allows the primary carer some time out to participate in activities they enjoy without the worry of who’s taking care of their loved one. During respite, the client remains in their home while their primary carer takes a break. The volunteer does not provide any personal care; they simply spend time with them ensuring their safety and wellbeing. Age Concern provides all the necessary training, supervision and support for interested volunteers. They also make sure to carefully match the volunteer to the client to ensure compatibility and facilitate the introduction process. Demand for this service has grown rapidly in the past years, and the agency is looking for people in the Motueka, Nelson and Richmond areas to help provide company for older people while their primary carer gets some well-deserved respite. If you would like to know more about this please contact Susan Arrowsmith on (03) 5447624 ext 3 or email

Van drivers & Hosts

Using trained volunteers we are currently running community transport options for older people who miss having company and for some who can no longer drive. These outings may be to attend a regular Age Concern Tea & Talk or to go on an outing or to an activity (See our Events & Activities calendar for available van trips). All drivers and hosts will spend time training with the Age Concern team in skills that empower them to work with older people safely.