Having lots of opportunities to learn from and engage with our community is so important as we age. At the Takapuna North Community Trust we are always looking for ways that we can support older adults to keep active and make a valuable contribution to their neighbourhoods.
Intergenerational programmes such as the annual Intergenerational Dialogue event and the Winter Fun intergenerational play dates at local retirement villages also aim to increase connection between our youngest and oldest community members.
Active Ageing Expo
We hold an annual event to celebrate older adults in our community. Past events have included an Active Ageing Expo which brings together over 40 community groups and associations covering everything from embroidery and model railways to Pilates and computers and events for International Day of the Older Person.
Takapuna North Community Trust supports a free art class which takes place weekly on a Tuesday afternoon at the Mary Thomas Centre in Takapuna. The group will hold an exhibition in 2019.
Support for Existing Groups
We work closely with Takapuna Senior Citizens Association to help to ensure their ongoing sustainability and help them promote their activities and events.
We support the Our Womens’ Network (OWN) group through the provision of umbrella funding application services and event management for their annual Festival and High Tea events.
Each year, we hold an Intergenerational Dialogue event which brings together older adults and high school students to discuss and find solutions for local issues. The event provides a valuable forum for these two generations to get together and the solutions found are always innovative. The event is a competition and a working group is created following the event to implement the winning solution. Previous groups have created a working party to discuss and improve knowledge of consent amongst students and put on a series of events to encourage young people to connect with each other in real space and time through creativity to improve mental health (Young Designers’ and Creators’ Market). The 2019 group is working on ways to improve cultural connections in the local area following the devastating Christchurch attack.