Serving Our Community
We support and connect with Mt Albert and the surrounding communities through a number of service projects and relationships.
St Luke’s’ Community Projects
Supporting our neighbourhood in Mt Albert
St Luke’s has a long history of social service and community projects in Mt Albert, especially in getting alongside marginal groups with practical or financial support and advocacy.
Beneficiaries Advice Mt Albert
BAMA is a free part-time service based at St Luke’s for beneficiaries, superannuitants and low-income persons and their families who need expert and independent help, information and advocacy support. BAMA offers complete confidentiality. It was jointly established in 2012 as a partnership project between ourselves and our neighbours, Mt Albert Methodist Church. BAMA is run by an independent charitable Trust with board members drawn from both churches. You can find out more (including information on how you can get help from BAMA) here. Or you can call the BAMA service on 09 908 9030 and leave a message for the Advocate, who will phone you back to make an appointment.
Friendship and activities for over 65s
Our Selwyn Centre welcomes a diverse group of elderly persons from the local community every Friday, for relaxed exercise, conversation, games, friendship and a sumptuous morning tea – they have a lot of laughs! This initiative is funded and guided by the Selwyn Foundation and is aimed at supporting elderly persons in local communities and reducing social isolation. The group is supported by a fantastic team of volunteers led by our Coordinator, Jo Williamson. If you have some time to offer the community on a Friday morning, and would like to help out, please contact Jo, who can also be phoned on 027 498 8010.
Dance for older adults
On Monday mornings our hall comes to life with a dance community for older adults. SeniorsDANCE has been part of life at St Luke’s since 2011. Classes are taught by professional dance teachers and are an enjoyable way to stay active using easy to learn movement based on contemporary dance. SeniorsDANCE builds balance and coordination, keeps joints mobile and strengthens muscle and addresses physical, mental and social wellbeing, and has the ACC Live Stronger for Longer tick of approval. SeniorsDANCE is partly funded by the Albert-Eden Local Board. For more information, contact Susan Jordan.
Music and movement for preschoolers and their grown-ups
This is a great easy-going Wednesday morning group for pre-schoolers and their caregivers, whether mums, dads, grandparents or others. We have a half-hour session led by Anne and Val, who are early childhood specialists in music, and they share stories and songs, often with actions and puppets, and supported by a mix of live acoustic guitar and recorded music. They have a wonderful knack for building trust and gently encouraging children to participate. This is followed by morning tea – a lovely way to meet other local mums and dads and other caregivers. If you’d like more info please contact Andrew, or feel free to come along to try us out. All welcome – $5 koha per family, per morning.