Monthly Notices And News from the Aotea Family Support Group

taking care of our elders for 25 years

At the Family Support Group we have been providing care and other services to our older community members since 1984. The Home Help Scheme, as it has been traditionally known, is provided under contract to the District Health Board, to help aging people remain in their homes as long as possible. At the same time, it reduces isolation, and it creates income opportunity for our workers.

Along with the Home Maintenance Programme, the monthly Over 60s meals and the Senior Activities we also run occasional workshops and provide individual assistance as required, all with the aim to support older people to “live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives and to fully participate in the community.”

Our work is possible thanks to …

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Need to talk?

Subsidised counselling for children and parents.

If you want to sit down with a professional and, in confidence, talk through issues you are having to deal with, Cait Devey is an accredited counsellor.

Counselling for children and their families is subsidised thanks to the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, and the Ministry of Health.

You can contact Cait in confidence on 021 2226410.

October School Holiday Programme

Two weeks of supervised group activities for Primary School pupils.

During the term break from 30 Sept to 11 October, another action-packed activity programme for local school children and their visitors is taking place, partly funded by the Local Board and Oranga Tamariki.

If you didn’t get a programme, you can reach Keri on 021 1050912.

About Us

The Aotea Family Support Group Charitable Trust has been supporting families and the community on Great Barrier Island since 1988. Find out more online at

Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, @AoteaFamilySupportGroup.

The office is open daily, except Wed, at least from 9 to 1:30.
For general enquiries you can call Sue Thompson on 4290 465, or reach Sue Eves, Lisa and Rendt directly on 4290 174.

Or email: office.

Kellie Cleave, the Community Worker, is based in the annex of the Aotea Health Centre in Claris, and can be reached on 4290 386.

Her email is kellie.cleave.

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The Home Help Scheme

In-home assistance by trained caregivers for older people.

Last month we ran another annual in-house training for our caregivers. This time the focus was on explaining various new legislation that professional caregivers need to know about, including the Health & Safety Act, the Domestic Violence Act and their general responsibilities to their clients.

We usually have around 30 clients with some being visited up to 5 times a week. To cover that need, we employ nearly as many part-time care workers, who between them provide typically over 550 hours of home help and personal care every month. They also assist various ACC clients plus post-operative and crisis support clients for limited periods.

The Support Group and our clients are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated women and men working for us. Our care workers are the back-bone of our organization and without them the elderly on the island would be lost.

The Home Maintenance Programme

Small repairs and maintenance enabling safe and independent living.

In 2017 we piloted this new program because we saw there was a need for our older clients to get small jobs done around their homes that they couldn’t do themselves. This initiative was possible thanks to Local Board support. This year approx. 20 jobs were completed.

The Support Group employed Gavin Dewar as our ‘Home Handy Man’ from the beginning and who has since then completed around 50 jobs such as clearing gutters, cutting up logs for firewood or installing handrails for our clients and other elderly in the community.

These are all small jobs that eliminate some stress for our seniors.

Over 60s Lunch at Mt St Paul Estate
Saturday 19th October at 12:30

Monthly get-togethers for old and new friends for an affordable meal.

Please book by Friday 11th You can call 962 or email.

Mains ($12.00 or $25.00 for visitors)

  1. Braised lamb with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable medley.
  1. Fish and prawn mild red curry with jasmine rice.

Vegetarian option:

  1. Mixed platter with hummus, falafel, olives, stuffed peppers, pickles, Halloumi and pita bread.
Dessert ($5.OO)

  1. Pavlova with cream and fresh fruit.
  1. Sticky date pudding with caramel sauce.

Your caterer: Teara Steven-Walker

Your hostess: Sue Eves

Bookings: Email sue.eves, or call 962.

Cancellation: Please, if you miss the cut-off date but still want to attend, or are unable to attend, call Sue on 962, not the caterer.

Transport: Pickup at MG School at 11.15 am then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

Next event: November 16th at Claris Club

Next Seniors Activity on Friday October 25th

(Re)-discovering interesting and beautiful places around the island. Sharing food and a memorable day together.

Next trip will be held on October 25th with a trip to Ben Sanderson’s gardens for a shared picnic lunch and a small history of GBI with photos. You can book by calling 962.

Meals and outings for senior residents are subsidised by Auckland Council thanks to the GB Local Board.