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The Selwyn Foundation administers funds for older people who cannot afford some of the essentials for healthy living


"For it is in giving that we receive."- St. Francis of Assisi

Enhancing the lives of elders who are vulnerable or in need.

With the number of people in New Zealand aged 65+ set to increase dramatically in the coming years, The Selwyn Foundation’s charitable mission focuses on promoting the welfare of older people and helping those who are vulnerable or in greatest need. We reappraised our definition of 'vulnerability' in 2014 and developed new, practical ideas on how our charitable mission could affect the quality of life of older people. We identified three particular areas where our help can make a substantial difference to those in need; social isolation and loneliness, social housing and hardship support.

The Selwyn Foundation has distributed $5.635m to our charitable outreach in the last four years

In addition to the work we do around social isolation, loneliness and hardship support, The Selwyn Foundation distributes more than 30% of our annual operating surplus to charitable and not-for-profit groups. It goes to organisations working with or for the elderly at both the community and national level, including research projects in gerontology.

For example, by investing in the work of Auckland City MissionThe HOPE Foundation, the New Zealand Association of Gerontology and The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality, we directly contribute to a range of activities delivering practical help ‘on the ground’, as well as making provision for the health of older people in the long-term.

The Selwyn Foundation is unique among aged care and retirement village providers in the way we resource such wide-ranging initiatives.

It’s a practical demonstration of our philosophy that, to care for older people, you have to care about them. This fundamental principal, founded in faith, defines The Selwyn Way.

We put the wellbeing of the ageing person at the centre of everything we do, and this drives us to deliver the best possible outcomes.