Louise Rees - National Manager Social Connection Services
My role is to support and encourage local Age Concerns to deliver services and activities that enable older people to enjoy social connection. This includes coordinating our national Visiting Service, which provides regular 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. Through the Visiting Service and the many social activities that they offer, Age Concerns help to turn that around, and support people to build new patterns and make new friends. 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. I’m happy to be working for an organisation that provides similar support to older people.