Louise Rees - National Manager Social Connection Services
My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90. Older people’s social networks can be disrupted by things like bereavement, health problems, or stopping driving, but we help to turn that around, and support people to build new patterns and make new friends. I love working with the team of coordinators around the country, and also seeing all the ways in which we connect older people together to enjoy company, food, and activities. I migrated to New Zealand when I was expecting my first baby, and organisations like Plunket and New Mother’s Support Groups helped me to quickly develop a network of supportive friends in a country where I knew hardly anyone. I’m happy to be working for an organisation that provides similar support to older people.