Village Without Walls @ Howick

HBH Senior Living and East Health Trust have teamed up to explore whether establishing a Village without Walls in the Howick area would support older people to overcome loneliness and social isolation. Read on to find out more and let us know what you think by completing the survey.

Why create a Village without Walls?

Loneliness is now understood to be a major health issue affecting older people’s physical and psychological wellbeing. In fact research shows chronic loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking!

We also know from research that one of the main benefits of living in a retirement village is companionship. However, many older people either don’t want to or can’t afford to live in a retirement village.

The Village without Walls @ Howick initiative aims to create a network of people who can support each other to age well. We know that Howick already has a very strong community, so it’s not intended to duplicate existing services – rather to assist people to connect with services, fill gaps where there are no services, and most importantly, create new networks of friendship and support for older people who need them.

The Village without Walls @ Howick is intended to be a member-driven and self-funding organisation. In this initial, exploratory stage, it is being supported by HBH Senior Living and East Health Trust Primary Health Organisation.

Please complete our survey

We’re conducting a survey to explore how the Village without Walls model might be relevant here in Howick. We welcome feedback from everyone who is interested in the wellbeing of our community, whether you consider yourself to be an older person or not.

Your feedback will help us ensure Howick is an age-friendly, welcoming community where people can grow old and live well.

Please complete the survey online here, or if you’d like a paper copy, you can download and print it here.

Please note: this survey is confidential and all responses are completely anonymous.

Many thanks to The Hub Waverton in Sydney for their assistance and guidance with this survey.

How it’s working overseas

The Village without Walls @ Howick concept is based on a model of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, which was founded in Beacon Hill, Boston, USA, and has been running successfully overseas for 15 years.

The organisation expanding this movement internationally is the Village to Village Network which currently has 250 active villages and 100 formative villages as members.

The Village without Walls @ Howick is proud to be a formative member of the Village to Village Network.

Keep in touch

If you’d like to be kept informed as we explore and develop the Village without Walls @ Howick, or if you’re interested in being part of an establishment group to get the Village underway, please complete the form below.

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