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

Social Impact

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

Our new social impact focus is ambitious – and it needs to be

By 2028, a million New Zealander’s will be 65 or over - almost 20% of our total population. We know that in Tāmaki Makarau Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau Northland today there are 37,500 seniors currently experiencing significant disadvantage and this number is likely to grow. That’s why The Selwyn Foundation embarked on a transformation process in 2022, selling six of our seven retirement villages, to drive our positive social impact at scale and improve the lives of seniors who are experiencing multiple disadvantage. With an ambitious goal to invest $100 million over the next decade, we have researched and identified five areas where seniors experience the greatest need. These are health vulnerability, financial hardship, housing insecurity, social isolation and loneliness, and access challenges (including transport as well as digital access), as they can lead to further negative impacts on both physical and mental health.

Our first three areas of focus areas where our help can make a substantial difference to those in need are social isolation and loneliness, social housing and hardship support. As part of our expanded social impact, we have launched our inaugural Selwyn Innovation Challenge. We are committed to funding novel solutions and to fostering an innovation eco-system that promotes Respectful Ageing.

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.