Community Health Support Services

If there is a situation causing you concern, we are available for, advice, advocacy, assistance, referral and support.

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Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention

The Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service aims to prevent abuse by providing, support, advocacy and education.

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Accredited Visiting Service

The Accredited Visiting Service offers friendship and companionship with a weekly visit from a volunteer.

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Social Outings

Our Social Outings Service helps reduce the social isolation that can occur as we mature and our circumstances change.

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Home Support Services

Home support and maintenance services available to over 65s. These include general cleaning, gardening, Hairdressing, and many more.

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Courses and Groups

Age Concern runs a variety of courses and groups that assist older people to safely maintain their independence and social connection.

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An annual Age Concern Expo is held each year and other activities, workshops, meetings and events are held regularly throughout Canterbury.

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Information Directory


Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting at its facilities under Delta Alert Level 2

   Dr Helen Skinner, Canterbury DHB Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Controller has made the following announcement about changes to Hospital visiting under Delta Alert Level 2 Following New Zealand (apart from the greater Auckland region) moving to ‘COVID-19 Delta Alert Level 2’, Canterbury DHB has made changes to its visitor restrictions. Under Delta Alert Level … Continued


Free COVID testing is also available through many General Practices as well as at Community-based Testing Centres in Canterbury

Canterbury Health Laboratories, part of Canterbury DHB, processed more than 4000 COVID-19 test swabson Friday – a record for local testing. This included swabs taken at the drop-in CBTCs (community-based testing centres) and in general practice.   Dr Helen Skinner, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, Canterbury DHB says this is a great cross-system … Continued


Advice from CDHB in Alert Level 4

Information for visitors and patients Canterbury DHB will reinstate its no-visitor policy across all facilities from 11:59 tonight in line with the Government’s Alert Level 4 lockdown announcement. There are some exceptions which are outlined below. Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery is going ahead tomorrow, please … Continued


Lives being saved by bowel screening

Twenty people have had cancers confirmed and many others have had pre-cancerous lesions removed since the National Bowel Screening Programme started in Canterbury.   Kits started being delivered in volume in December last year, and by the end of March 16,705 kits had been sent to people aged 60 – 74 who had recent birthdays. … Continued


Keeping On

The official voice of Age Concern Canterbury

Keeping On is a free quarterly publication produced by Age Concern Canterbury. It contains a wide range of articles on subjects and issues of interest to older people. Keeping On is distributed widely in the community. Look for your copy at your local library, shopping mall, medical centre or club.

Editorial contributions are welcome and can be discussed with the Editor, Deirdre McGrath on Ph 366 0903 or email

Advertising enquiries should be directed to Anna-Marie Hunter on Ph 366 0903 or email

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