News from Age Concern Canterbury

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Mar 31 2015

The Canterbury Men's Centre is now offering Life Coaching. Michael Winter provides coaching to men wanting to form a transition to retirement plan. 

If you are thinking about your future and think you would benefit from the course please contact the Men's Centre on Ph 365 9000 or email:

Counselling hours are also available. Call the number above for further information.

Feb 26 2015

Participate in Research Looking at Speech Comprehension in Ageing
UC Speech Lab at Canterbury University is looking for people aged 60 to 90 years to get involved in research that looks at how ageing affects speech comprehension.
If you’re aged 60 to 90 years, speak with a Kiwi accent, do not wear hearing aids and can get yourself to Canterbury University - we’d love to hear from you.
You would need to come to the University for a maximum of 2 appointments (60-90 minutes each). You also receive a $50 Westfield voucher for participating.
Please contact or phone UC Speech Lab on 03 364 2987 ext. 6629.

Oct 13 2014

The Pure Food Co has launched a range of nutritious and delicious blended food for those who have difficulty eating, including those who have suffered a stroke. See their website. or like them on Facebook

Oct 01 2014

What a day was had on Monday, 29 September at Age Concern Canterbury's EXPO! Throngs of people were at Papanui High School shortly after 9.30am and the crowds lasted well into the afternoon. Food samples, exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment made the day a great success and kept the crowd animated. The 130 exhibitors, all with products or services specifically for older people, focused their energy on the needs of the public and must be the largest group of exhibitors ever bought together in Christchurch with older people's interests at heart. 

Thank you to the exhibitors for their contribution on the day. The public went home well armed with helpful information and products. 

A huge thank you to the touch rugby teams from Papanui High School and their Staff for help throughout the day and with the set-up and clean-up. It was a real team effort from everyone.

Yvonne Palmer, the Organising Co-ordinator from Age Concern Canterbury, was thrilled with the turnout. "The day just flowed and the wide range of exhibits and first time visitors made it a very special day," she said. 

Sponsors, who made it possible for us to host the event, advertise and provide prizes were:

More Mobility, Christchurch City Council, Driving Miss Daisy, Royal Furniture, KiwiRail, Senior Chef, Hellers, Kiwi Income Property Trust Northlands, Paperplus Northlands, Frozen Fresh, Wilsons Pharmacy, Peter Rabbits Patch, Countdown, Diabetes Christchurch Inc., Health Promotion Agency, WET&FORGET, Christchurch Casino, Expresso Carwash Cafe and Airpark Canterbury.

The  event has gone from strength to strength. Mark it on your calender now for next year!

May 23 2014

Age Concern Canterbury, in collaboration with Papanui High School, will again be celebrating International Day of Older Persons with a Positive Ageing Expo to be held at Papanui High School, Langdons Road from 9.30am - 2.30pm on Monday, 29 September, 2014. This year we have over 115 exhibitors. Exhibitors include Police Communications Centre, JPs, hearing organisations, Medication Management, More Mobility, Heartland Bank, Driving Miss Daisy, Absolutely Fabulous Foods and many more, plus numerous social contacts.

It is exciting that Age Concern Canterbury has been able to secure funding from Christchurch City Council, More Mobility, Driving Miss Daisy and Health Promotion New Zealand to help host the event.

"The Expo provides a great opportunity for older people to learn more about the services and support available to them," said Yvonne Palmer who is Age Concern Canterbury's Project Co-ordinator and organiser of the event. 

"Age Concern Canterbury values the relationships that it has with it's partners and the exhibitors," she said. To register as an exhibitor contact Yvonne on DDI 331 7808, 027 2295049, or email We welcome enquiries from clubs, community groups and commercial exhibitors.

This is the eighth Expo Age Concern Canterbury has held and each year they have gone from strength to strength.

Entertainment is throughout the day, cups of tea and coffee and slice are complimentary and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Dont forget, Monday 29 September, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Papanui High School