Covid-19
Click here for tips, strategies and activities through Covid-19. These tip sheets have had great feedback.
Remember our team of Dementia Advisors are available by phone, email and online communication tools to support care partners, families and friends through Covid-19 restrictions.
New to dementia
For anyone new to dementia, we have information sheets available and our team are happy to talk to you about the things you will find useful to know. If you, a family member or friend has had a recent diagnosis we can work with you to support you to live your best life. We welcome referrals from the person living with dementia and family, proof of diagnosis is required.
Activities
Register your interest for support forums and activity groups. These are welcome to clients, carers and family members.
We welcome expressions of interest by phoning 07 929 4042 or emailing us at connect@dementiawaikato.org.nz.
Speak with your Dementia Advisor for further information.

Leave no-one behind: Campaign to address digital exclusion

“Have you or someone you know ever tried to fill out a government form online? How about doing that on your phone? And uploading documents to it?

What if your internet connection was limited? Or English wasn’t your first language? Or you were vision impaired? Or didn’t have a credit card?

What if you needed help to understand, and what you really wanted was someone to talk to?

Consider the frustration this causes you and what it looks like when you’re made further vulnerable as you stare into the digital divide.

The digital-only or digital-first approach being embraced by government agencies is excluding some of Aotearoa’s most vulnerable people and communities. This is unacceptable. We want to see people’s needs put at the centre of public services and are asking candidates seeking election as our representatives in Parliament, to pledge to ensuring this is the case.

Interacting with government services is often about accessing rights and entitlements and it’s important that there aren’t any barriers in the way. Digital services are not the right response for all people or in all circumstances. There needs to be genuine choice for people about how they can interact – whether online, face-to-face, through others or by phone.

It is critical that as a country we don’t allow the digital transformation of public services to further entrench disadvantage and vulnerability.” 

 

Taken from the Citizens Advice Bureau Action Station Page