Age Concern Tairawhiti (Gisborne)
Support Services, Information, Advice and Personal Advocacy: Responding in person/phone to a range of queries from older
people and their carers eg. Advising where to obtain a service, what is
available. Providing confidential support and empowerment to older
WINZ expert advocacy (help with renewals)
ACC Lawyer (referrals) historic or new cases
Power company queries
Legal Advice from Age Concern Solicitor
Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service
Information Resources: Providing written materials eg. pamphlets and resources eg. videos and books.
Education: Holding education seminars for the public eg. positive ageing, Enduring Power of Attorney, Elder Abuse and Neglect.
Food Services: Administers and co-ordinates in-home food services, such as Meals on Wheels or frozen dinners.
Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples' issues to local influential groups
Tools for a better life
Peter was involved in an organisation that was pressuring him to hand his business over to them. Peter was greatly troubled by this and was considering suicide. The police asked Age Concern Tairawhiti to work with him.
We found him somewhere safe to stay, and gave him space to talk. Peter felt alone and fearful, so we went with him when we sought advice from a lawyer and an accountant.
We got in touch with his sister and contacted a safe house in Auckland. A medical assessment determined Peter’s mental health to be intact, but he was very afraid. We gave him plenty of reassurance and we supported his decision making which empowered him to leave his abusive situation. Peter is now living in a safe house and starting a new life.