Meet the team and board members
Keryn Roderick – Executive Officer
Aylene Hall – Service Coordinator
I’ve been co-ordinator of the Accredited Visiting Service (AVS) for 5 ½ years. This is a part-time role, based in the New Plymouth office. The role of the co-ordinator includes the recruitment, screening and orientation of volunteer visitors, promotion of the AVS, carrying out assessments of clients referred to the AVS, matching clients and visitors, and then ongoing monitoring of these matches. It is recognised that many older people experience loneliness and are at risk of social isolation. The AVS provides weekly company to try and combat this. In early 2019, in addition to the AVS role, I took on the new role of service co-ordinator for “Staying Safe” courses (formerly Confident Driving). This role involves presenting theory-based refresher courses aimed at drivers over the age of 65. During the course we look at different ways to assist older drivers to recognise the effects of ageing on driving, raise awareness about our own driver behaviours, and how we can improve driving confidence around busy roads and make safer driving decisions. Look out for a course near you in 2020. It’s free to attend!
Pauline Julian – Service Coordinator
Pauline has worked for Age Concern Taranaki for 4 years. Her role involves planning, implementing, and delivering Social Connection Programmes and Activities. Pauline has a background in Nursing and has always worked in the health sector, with experience in Health Promotion which allows her to apply such skills along with her creativity and music and reach out to our older population enabling them to improve their status of health and prevent social isolation.
Marguerite Burr – Service Coordinator
My involvement with ACT began 6 years ago as a volunteer, I now work part-time coordinating two services.
The Shopping Service is a fortnight service offered to people who are no longer able to shop independently.
It involves the recruitment of volunteers who are screened, then partnered with a client. Ongoing monitoring of these matches is required.
The second service I am responsible for is the Falls Prevention Exercise classes, Steady As You Go (SAYGo).
This Taranaki wide, and very successful program is designed to enhance strength and balance.
The class participants take ownership after 12 weeks, and the class becomes peer lead, with my ongoing support.
I enjoy both of these roles and believe sharing a kind word, a gesture or a smile goes a long way to enhancing an inclusive and respectful life.
Sinead Thomas – Social Worker
Kia Ora, My name is Sinead Thomas 😊 I was raised in Stratford and attended high school there. I studied my Bacheor’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) at Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) and graduated in 2015.
I have a background working in domestic violence prevention and Youth work prior to moving into the role of the Elder Abuse Coordinator at Age concern Taranaki (ACT). I have been with ACT for almost 3 years now and I’ve been privileged to watch the role grow.
I love being able to complete most of my work out in the community and work closely alongside older people in the Taranaki community. I believe our external networks are extremely important to the role and the community we serve. I enjoy being able to join in on any events involving members and other staff here at ACT.
Taran Gill – Service Coordinator
My name is Taran Gill. I am Service Coordinator in South Taranaki. I also co-ordinate AVS in South Taranaki. I joined Age Concern Taranaki in August, 2019. I have a background working with older people for 3 years. I have Graduate Diploma in Health Studies, from Rotorua.
Brittany Ryan – Administrator
I’m glad to be on board as the administrator for Age Concern Taranaki, supporting the team and a local charity that positively effects our elder community. I’m originally from Pennsylvania in the USA, and I’ve been living in New Plymouth with my partner and two children for just over six years. The Taranaki region suits us just fine, as we love the outdoors, camping, surfing and tramping adventures. I look forward to getting to know those who stop in to see us at our Age Concern office in New Plymouth
David Gibson – Chairperson
Alison Brown – Vice Chairperson
I was born and raised in South Taranaki and now reside in New Plymouth. I have close connections with both the rural and urban sectors within Taranaki. I am a mother of five children and grandmother of nine.
I was employed by Taranaki District Health Board for over 40 years in various nursing roles, both locally and nationally. I was awarded Honorary Life Membership to New Zealand Nurses Organisation for services to nursing. I am currently an elected member of the Taranaki District Health Board and a Committee member of Grey Power New Plymouth.
My aim is to continue to work with people from all walks of life to make a positive difference.
John Albers – Treasurer
Marianne Pike, Master of Arts Health Social Work 1983, is the Family Violence Intervention Programme Coordinator at Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB), New Plymouth. Marianne has a 30 year career in Health Social Work and has worked in many area’s in the health sector in South Africa and New Zealand(since 1994). Since 2014 Marianne leads the Family Violence Responsive Practice Programme (VIP) in TDHB. Marianne is married to Pieter and together they have 4 adult children and one grandchild. Other recreational activities that I love is gardening, tramping, reading and music.
I was born in England and trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. As a young adult I came to New Zealand on a two year working holiday, and stayed. I am married with two adult daughters and have four grandchildren. Early 2018 I retired from nursing after almost 50 years, most of that time at Taranaki Base Hospital. Over the years I have always been active in the community – Plunket, school Board of Trustees, Lions Club, and other various committees and organisation. My main hobby is singing. I sing with Taranaki Harmony Chorus. I joined Age Concern Taranaki in 2018 and am an active member of Aqua-walking, which I enjoy. Having been newly elected to the Board of ACT, I look forward to working with the team so ensure the ongoing support of older people in Taranaki.
My name is Heather Grant. My interests Included Croquet Golf I am the president of the Inglewood Croquet club, and a member of the CTI (Croquet Taranaki Inc ). I have a huge interest in the care of the aged in our community. I am a volunteer for Aged Concern Taranaki and joined the Board in 2019.