Find Services and Support

  • Alzheimer's Society Manawatu

    Alzheimers Society Napier holds the following community support groups:

    Memory Cafè is held monthly. This is an opportunity for people with dementia and their families to have a coffee and a muffin with friends in an understanding environment.

    Care and Share is held on the last Tuesday of the month for the care-partners of people with dementia, where aspects of caring can be discussed in an extremely supportive and understanding environment. Education is a focus.

    Contact Us:

    Kate Kerr (06) 834 0417 or 0-800-004 001
    1 Wilding Avenue, Marewa, Napier 4110
    Email napier@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Society Napier

    Alzheimers Society Napier holds the following community support groups:

    • Memory Cafè is held monthly. This is an opportunity for people with dementia and their families to have a coffee and a muffin with friends in an understanding environment.
    • Care and Share is held on the last Tuesday of the month for the care-partners of people with dementia, where aspects of caring can be discussed in an extremely supportive and understanding environment. Education is a focus.
    • Friends Club meets six weekly and provides support and companionship for the recently bereaved.
    • Kids Club is held every quarter and is an informal get together to learn a little about what to expect when you have a family member with Alzheimers, dementia or memory loss. It's also a time to meet with other 'kids' in a similar position to yourself.
    • Sing-a-long is held monthly. It is an afternoon of laughter and singing the old-time songs.

    Contact Pam Roche 06 834 0417 or 0800 004 001
    Alzheimers Napier
    46 Nelson Crescent, PO Box 4084, Marewa
    Email napier@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Society Northland

    Alzheimers Societies are a place of learning and support for those who have friends or family who suffer from dementia. This may be from the level of short-term memory loss that is challenging their lives and the lives of those they commune with, to all the stages of Alzheimers disease and any other dementia.

    Visiting speakers often attend; ranging from WINZ representatives speaking on benefit changes, to St John speaking about their LifeLink service.

    Meet: On enquiry.

    Alzheimers Society Northland also run a Café Club for people in the early stages of dementia, which is an opportunity to meet for a coffee with others who are on the same journey.

    Contact: Nora Leef-Smith (Maori Focus Worker) 0273 921 220, or you can phone the Kaitaia Office 09 408 1123 or Kerikeri Office 09 407 3010.

    Email: kaitaia@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Taranaki - New Plymouth Women's Carer Support Group

    Alzheimers Taranaki - New Plymouth Women's Carer Support Group is a friendly support group for women who are caring for someone with dementia.  Each session covers a particular topic with a different guest speaker.

    Meet: The last Wednesday of each month at 10am
    Where: St Mary’s Cathedral lounge, Vivian Street, New Plymouth

    Contact Us

    Anne Fletcher, Field Worker
    Phone: (06) 758 3683
    Email: alzheimers.taranaki@xtra.co.nz

  • Alzheimers Wellington

    Alzheimers Wellington provides information, ongoing support, advice, education and personal advocacy for people with dementia, their carers, family and whanau.

    Our Dementia Advisors are available for anyone affected by dementia in the Wellington City, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast.

     

    Free Phone: Client services enquiries: 0800 004 001

    Phone: Office Manager: 04 972 2595

    Fax Number: 04 938-0113

    Physical Address: 55 Hutt Road Petone Wellington 5012

    Postal Address: PO Box 39393 Wellington Mail Centre Lower Hutt 5045

    Contact Email: admin@wellingtonalzheimers.co.nz

    Website: www.alzheimers.org.nz/regions/wellington

  • Auckland DHB

    Te Whare Awhina (ADHB) is the whanau-family accommodation service located at the Grafton site. Preference for this accommodation is given to whanau-family members who have travelled to Auckland from other regions. Accommodation is available for family members and support members coming through with a patient.

    For people residing within the Auckland DHB boundaries, the accommodation cost is $10.00 per person, per night.

     

    Contact:

    09 307 4949 ext 25830.
    www.adhb.govt.nz/

  • Bay of Plenty DHB

    Tauranga Hospital Te Whanau house

    Te Whanau houses are available through Kai Awhina by phoning 0-7-579 8000 ext 8737.

    Whakatane Hospital's Rangimarie Room is available for family use when someone is in hospital or requires treatment. Use of the Rangimarie Room can be organised through the Duty Manager via the main switchboard on 0-7-306 0999. A koha is appreciated to assist with running costs. There is a key bond of $2 which is refundable on departure.

    If the hospital patient is a child, one parent or carer can be accommodated at the bedside in the ward. Breastfeeding mothers are always accommodated when their baby is in the Special Care Baby Unit.

    Contact Us:
    www.bopdhb.govt.nz

  • Blue Star taxis

    Blue Star taxis are now operating five wheelchair vans in Invercargill.

    Whenever possible please book in advance for this service as this helps not only to plan their day, but also ensures people arrive at appointments on time.

    All Blue Star taxis are fitted with EFTPOS machines.

    Contact:

    03 217 7777 for further information.

    www.bluestartaxis.co.nz"
    Blue Star (Invercargill only) and Blue Bubble(NZ wide) Taxis both offer the same services.
    158 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810

  • Cancer Society

    The Cancer Society supports accommodation facilities in all major treatment centres throughout New Zealand.

    Accommodation is provided in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Reservations are essential.

    Accommodation can be booked through your cancer health team.

    Contact: 0800 226 237
    www.cancernz.org.nz

  • Canterbury DHB

    Ranui House is available to all out of town patients and their families who are attending any hospital in Christchurch. Patients from all hospital departments can stay at Ranui House, which is owned and operated by the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust.

    Families can live at Ranui while the patient is in hospital, and children are able to attend local schools. If patients are well enough they are able to spend time with their families at Ranui, returning to hospital for treatment when required.

    Patients who are having outpatient treatments (i.e. home dialysis, radiotherapy and even some bone marrow transplants) can stay at Ranui while receiving treatment, with daily visits to the hospital.

    Enquiries can be directed to the office.

    Contact:

    www.bmct.org.nz
    www.cdhb.govt.nz

    Ranui House
    Bone Marrow Cancer Trust
    PO Box 8339
    1 Cambridge Terrace
    Christchurch 8013

    Phone: (03) 377 2515
    Fax: (03) 377 2511
    Email: info@bmct.org.nz

  • Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society

    Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society
    The Canterbury West Coast Division offer meetings and gatherings for those who have had a cancer diagnosis. Family members are welcome to attend.
    The Cancer Society offers a Carers group - A group for partners, family/whanau and friends who meet reguarly for support and education.

    Venue: Cancer Society office; 97 Fitzgerald avenue, Christchurch.

    Contact:

    Phone: 03 379 5835 (Groups Co-ordinator)
    Email: contact@cancercwc.org.nz

  • Capital and Coast DHB

    The Capital and Coast DHB manages funding and oversees services for the Wellington Region. Accommodation options include:

    Limited accommodation is available at the Riddiford Street Hostel (Wellington Hospital) for people who are supporting extended stay hospital patients. Riddiford Street Hostel is the former Nurses Home and has single rooms and shared kitchen/bathroom facilities. It is not suitable for young children as it is situated on the 6th floor of the building.
    Cost: $30 per night per person, or $150 per week.
    Contact: 04 385 5362 until 6pm Monday to Friday, and limited weekend hours.

    Te Pehi Parata Whanau Whare, a kaupapa Maori service for family and whanau who travel from outside the Wellington region. The Whare is available to all families although preference is given to those who have a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. The Whare consists of four bedrooms which can sleep three to four people, and has wheelchair access and coin-operated laundry facilities. It is also available for patients who require a night's accommodation prior to an early morning hospital appointment.
    Cost $30 per night per room (a $10 refundable key bond applies) and there is a maximum stay of five nights. After the fifth night the stay is negotiable and is available on a day by day basis, depending on your family member's condition.
    Contact: 04 385 5956.

    Margaret Stewart House is primarily for out of town (MoH criteria) patients who are undergoing cancer or renal treatment. You will need to pre-book. There is limited space for a support person. Charges on request. Office hours are 8am - 4.30pm.
    Contact: 04 380 0300.
    www.ccdhb.org.nz

  • Capital and Coast DHB - shuttle services

    Shuttle Services
    The shuttle van service runs every hour on weekdays, with the first shuttles departing simultaneously from both sites at 7.00am. Departures continue each hour on the hour, with the final departure at 6.00pm. Vans have 'Wellington-Kenepuru Shuttle Service' written on the sides.
    The shuttle does not operate on weekends or public holidays. Reduced schedules operate over the Christmas / New Year peak holiday period - call Shuttle bookings on (04) 806-2708.

     

    Departure Points
    Kenepuru: Main public entrance to Accident and Medical Clinic
    Wellington: Main public entrance to Wellington Regional Hospital.

     

    Bookings

    Please make a booking, preferably at least one hour before you intend to travel. This can be done by telephone during the hours of 07:30am to 16:30pm, Monday to Friday. For travel in both directions, call Shuttle bookings on (04) 806-2708.
    Please note that space on the shuttle is limited and patients will always have priority.
    To ensure the correct information is entered please have ready the following details: to and from, date, time, first name and surname, patient, visitor or staff. Please ensure you bring a copy of your appointment letter for display on request.
    If insufficient seats are available, seats will be allocated according to the following priorities;

    1. Patients / outpatients travelling to / from appointments
    2. Relatives / caregivers / visitors of patients / outpatients
    3. On-duty staff travelling to clinics / meetings

     

    Travel Times
    Travel time is usually around 30 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes as collections and deliveries are often made during the run. We suggest that staff using the shuttle to travel to meetings arrange for them to be scheduled for 15 minutes before the hour, or on the hour. Departure times are set on the hour every hour and cannot deviate; please ensure you are ready for collection at the departure points.

     

    Enquiries
    If you require further information, please contact the CCDHB Transport Office, 385-5999 x82708.

    shuttlebooking@ccdhb.org.nz

  • Carers Society Otago

    Carers' Society Otago, Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin.

    Dunedin - Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 - 3 pm in the Alexander McMillan Room of Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin. There is usually a speaker or workshop and an afternoon tea. These meetings run from February to November.

    Dunedin Walking Group - This group meets at 10 am every fourth Tuesday at a designated venue for a cuppa and a chat followed by a walk. This group runs from February to November.

    Mosgiel Walking Group - This group meets at 10 am every third Friday in the foyer of the Mosgiel Public Library at Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel. We have a cuppa and a chat followed by a walk. This group runs from February to November.

    South Otago - Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in the Brian Dodds Room of Clutha Health First, 3-7 Charlotte St, Balclutha. There is usually a speaker or workshop with supper to follow. These meetings run from March to November.

    North Otago - Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm in Weston Community Church, Weston. There is usually a speaker or workshop followed by afternoon tea. These meetings run in March, April, May and in September, October, November.

    Central Otago - Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm in Alexandra Community House, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra. There is usually a speaker or workshop followed by afternoon tea. These meetings run in March, April, May and in September, October, November.

    Milton - This group meets occasionally for a cuppa at a chat at the discretion of the Carers' Society.

    Young Carers - This group meets on the third Thursday of every month at from 5:30 - 7:30pm at 186 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin. An evening meal is provided followed by a speaker or an activity. This group supports Young Carers up to the age of 18 and is run by Carers' Society Otago in conjunction with Presbyterian Support Otago. The meetings run from February to November.

    Contact Us:
    Susan, or Anneloes, at Carers' Society Otago (03) 471 6204.
    For information about the Young Carers Group please contact Susan (03) 471 6204, or Judy (03) 477 7115.
    http://www. carersotago.org.nz/

  • Caring 4 Carers Support Group

    This is a group in Timaru that offers support for anyone who cares for somebody, of any age, with any health condition. Caring 4 Carers has an informal meeting on the third Thursday of each month, and often there will be a guest speaker, chosen by the carers. This is the perfect opportunity for carers to make new friends, share their experiences, and seek advice.

    Meet: The Third Thursday of each month

    Contact Us:
    Margerie Gould (03) 687 7370 or (022) 685 8093 or Alison (03)684 3140
    Caring For Carers Inc, South Canterbury, PO Box 983, Timaru 7940
    Email: cfc2010@xtra.co.nz
    www.caringforcarers.org.nz

  • Caring for Carers Canterbury

    Caring for Carers offers support to carers of a family member or friend with a mental, intellectual illness by providing a listening ear, a chance to offload, problem-solving techniques and self care advice, advocacy and education.

    Contact 03 377 8426 Alecia Todd or Jude Frazer
    Email caringforcarers@xtra.co.nz
    www.caringforcarers.org.nz

    Christchurch:
    Meet: 2nd Thursday of the month for coffee mornings
    Venue: various Malls, carers are advised of location each month via newsletter or by phoning the office.
    Rangoria:
    Meet: 4th Wednesday of the month for coffee mornings
    Venue: John Knox church, corner of High and King Streets, Rangiora.

    Christchurch Office
    56 Shirley Road (near The Palms Shopping mall)
    PO Box 35332
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Ph: 03 386 1863
    Email: caringforcarers@xtra.co.nz

    Timaru Office
    Community House, 27-29 Strathallen Street
    PO Box 983
    Timaru, New Zealand
    Ph: 03 687 7370
    Email: cfc2010@xtra.co.nz

  • Caring for Carers East Coast

    Caring for Carers offers support to family carers who provide care to an adult or child with a serious illness, learning disorder or disability. Their service includes monthly get togethers, quaterly newsletters and a website. Caring for Carers provide a caring and confidential environment for carers to discuss their experiences, socialise, share information and offer each other support, as well as speakers and activities, depending on carers' needs and interests.

    Support meetings are held in Taradale and Gisborne. Refer to their website http://www.caringforcarersec.co.nz/ for detailed information about meeting dates and times.
    For any other information about their service please call 06 844 1751 - Rebekah

    HAWKES BAY CARERS:
    Please feel free to contact Rebekah for information on 06 844 1751
    You can also e-mail us at: info@caringforcarersec.co.nz

  • Cleft Lip & Palate Support Group - Coffee Group

    Cleft New Zealand provides information, resources, advocacy and emotional support to enable families to best meet the needs of their child born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

    We run many events around the country. To find out what’s happening in your area, please contact 0800 425 338.

    Cleft New Zealand Inc
    PO Box 13385, Onehunga, Auckland
    Nationwide freephone: 0800 4 CLEFT (0800 425 338)
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    Email: info@cleft.org.nz

  • Complex Care Group

    Complex Care Group offers specific support for carers, by carers, who understand your needs. Complex Care Group has a networking directory that is shared with other families within the group, and they also have a direct link to the Ministry of Health.

    Contact Us:
    Jan Moss: 0800 852 693, or (09) 443 5786, or (021) 304 244
    PO Box 334073, Sunnynook, Auckland 0743
    Email: complexcarers@xtra.co.nz
    www.complexcaregroup.org.nz

  • Connect with other carers in your area!

    Do you feel lonely or isolated in your caring role? Would you like to connect with other carers in your area?

    Simply email info@carers.net.nz or call 0800 777 797 to find how you can have your details included in the Pen Friends section of our website!

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