Drop-in clinic set up to offer elderly folk extra help

Newly appointed Age Concern representative Yvonne Godfrey is excited to be running the new drop...
Newly appointed Age Concern representative Yvonne Godfrey is excited to be running the new drop-in clinic on alternate Fridays at Wanaka Community Hub. PHOTO: ASPEN BRUCE
Wanaka Age Concern is launching a new service to provide further support for the elderly in the community.

Starting tomorrow, a drop-in clinic at Wanaka Community Hub will be available from noon-4pm on Friday every fortnight.

Age Concern representative Yvonne Godfrey will be run the drop-in clinic.

Mrs Godfrey explained that she would be working alongside the two existing social workers and would provide a triage service for the elderly in the Upper Clutha.

She joined the team after a career focused on supporting young adults establish independence and life skills.

"It’s an exciting time for me, where I’ve come out of other roles working with people at different ages, now here I am looking out for the wellbeing of our elderly population here in Wanaka," she said.

Helping people understand each other and finding ways to live optimally together was something Mrs Godfrey was passionate about.

"Let’s age as well as we can. Living to the fullest for as long as we can," she said.

Before joining Age Concern she had been a keynote speaker, author of two books and founder of a resource designed to equip young adults with practical life skills.

She said the hope for the new clinic was to provide helpful resources for the elderly where they could be to find the appropriate care and support.

aspen.bruce@odt.co.nz

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