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Elder Abuse Awareness Week 15-22 June

11th June, 2019

It is ok to ask Age Concern for help.

Age Concern is raising awareness of elder abuse during Elder Abuse Awareness Week from 15-22 June 2019 which begins on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2019.Age Concern Nelson Tasman mark this day every year as part of a worldwide collaboration to highlight this dreadful and often hidden type of abuse. Let’s not keep it hidden. Let’s make sure that anyone who has concerns for an older person knows they can contact Age Concern Nelson Tasman and discuss it in confidence.

Caroline Budge, Manager says “We will listen to people’s concerns, offer to assess the situation, respect the wishes of the older person affected and always make sure the safety and wellbeing of the older person is the main consideration”. “What that means in reality is working together with an aim to resolve concerns cooperatively. We aim to find ways to support older people to live safely, make their own decisions and be respected,” says Budge.

Age Concern Nelson Tasman responded to over 90 elder abuse cases in the past year. Unfortunately, Age Concern elder abuse statistics show that 80 percent of alleged abusers are family members with 78 percent of cases including psychological abuse and 49 percent involve financial abuse. Alleged abusers are almost as likely to be female as male.

If you suspect and older person is not being treated well or want to report abuse please contact us on 5447624. If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, and someone’s safety is at risk please call the emergency services on 111.

As part of Elder Abuse Awareness Week, Age Concern Nelson Tasman are having a sausage sizzle at Mitre 10 on Saturday 15 June and running purple morning teas at their various Tea & Talks across the region from 10am to 11.30am. Feel free to dress up in purple. See below for details.

  • Monday 17 June at the Victory Community Centre.
  • Wednesday 19 June at the Age Concern Hall, Richmond and the Gateway Housing Trust, Motueka
  • Friday 21 June in the Elma Turner Library, Nelson.


Hall Renovation Fundraising Update

4th June, 2019

We are making progress on gaining the funding need to renovate our Hall. If you would like to make a donation please let us know or go to our Give A Little Page. 

Funds Raised


Latest Magazine

14th May, 2019

Click below to  read the latest issue of our Magazine.

Issue 2 2019 Winter – Age Concern Nelson

Sing Yourself Well

13th May, 2019

The health benefits of singing out loud have been well documented – there are all sorts of good reasons to limber up and exercise your vocal chords, including making you happier, improving your breathing and posture. With that in mind, Age Concern Nelson Tasman has just launched a great new initiative for older people. Sing Yourself Well is on every Tuesday morning at our hall on Oxford Street, and is a great opportunity to come along, learn some fun, familiar songs and meet new people.

The sessions are led by passionate singer and choir leader Ruth Collingham, who now lives in Wakefield, and was the Founding Singing Leader of the highly successful Sing Your Lungs Out choir in Wellington. Ruth says Sing Yourself Well is not about being a great singer, but simply having a go and making it fun and relaxing. The sessions are aimed at people of all singing abilities.

Sing Yourself Well is on Tuesdays at 10am to 11.30, with morning tea. For more information contact Marrit on 5447624 ext 4, or email at:

AgeConnect Press Coverage

1st April, 2019

Age Concern Nelson/Tasman’s Breffni O’Rourke demonstrated the new Age Connect website to the Nelson Leader.


Summer Activities Underway

7th March, 2019

Our annual series of gentle, fun activity for seniors is almost at and end. We have one final event on Wednesday 27th March, which is a fun sing-a-long in Anzac Park in Nelson. Why not come and join us!

Summer Activities 2019 Age Concern

New Look Website for Age Concern Nelson/Tasman

27th February, 2019

We are delighted to unveil our new look website for Autumn 2019. We hope to improve community communication and use the website to support and strengthen our services, advice, support, information and advocacy on a range of issues and encourage positive ageing for people of all ages.

Age Concern launches AgeConnect website

27th February, 2019

AgeConnect is a nation-first initiative from Age Concern Nelson Tasman, set up in 2017 to help build friendships and community connections for the over 65s across the region. We’re excited to have launched our new website that not only features our great services such as Tea & Tech, PetConnect and AgeConnect Champions, but has a full listing of events and activities for older people across the region. Why not take a browse and find out what’s on offer.

Check out AgeConnect now.