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Looking out for our older adults: Nelson City Council hits the phones

Nelson City Councillor Rohan O’Neill-Stevens on the phone to Nelson residents over the age of 70 during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Nelson City Council staff and councillors have been assisting the Ministry of Social Development in its plan to make phone contact with every New Zealander over the age of 70 during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Council staff who are not able to fully work at home and Councillors Matt Lawrey, Gaile Noonan, Rachel Sanson and Rohan O’Neill-Stevens have been checking on the welfare of older adults in our region.

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says it is vital that we look out for each other during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“Many Nelsonians over 70 lead independent, well-connected lives, and can cope with the demands of the shutdown. But we know there are some isolated people who may struggle. That’s why it is so important that we all reach out to help our neighbours during this crisis.”

As at Friday 17 April, Council staff and Councillors had called 1800 people.

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