Services & support available in Tauranga




Support for people with dementia


 activity club

These groups are for people with dementia to participate and socialise. A team of highly trained volunteers coordinate the groups. Activities focus on retaining skills at an appropriate level for those attending. The Activity Clubs are held at the same time as four of our Carer Support Groups during the month.

Please contact us to see if these groups are right for you or your loved one.

Club Venue Day Time


Wesley Hall, 100, 13th Ave, Tauranga

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month                                 

1:30 to 3:30pm                     


Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Bayfair, Mount Maunganui                                                                         

2nd Thursday of the month

10am - 12pm


Katikati Community Centre, Beach Road, Katikati                          

1st Monday of the month

10am -12pm            

Te Puke Oxford St, Te Puke 4th Thursday of the month 10am - 12pm

 volunteer services


This services provides ongoing support for people with dementia who live alone, as well as carers or family members. The volunteer will phone or visit a family and ensure that regular contact is maintained.


This service provides a companion for up to three hours, to be with the person with dementia while the carer takes ‘time out’. The companion will interact with and provide some activities to engage with the person with dementia. They provide a monthly report to Alzheimers Tauranga on the outcome of their work.

This service is provided:

  • by a trained volunteer
  • in your own home
  • for a three hour session each week
  • between 8am & 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Companion Group

This is a small group of people with dementia who are supported by volunteers to participate in activities once a week and enjoy a shared lunch. This is held each Monday from 10am-1pm at the Alzheimers Centre, 116, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Entry to this group is by recommendation of the Field Officer

Support Staff

To access Volunteer Services please discuss your options with our team. These services are subject to availability of volunteers. All Companion sessions have a fee of $5 per visit surcharge.

 taxi vouchers

Environment BOP provides a Total Mobility Scheme. This scheme offers 50% discounted taxi fares and is available on assessment of the person with dementia.

Alzheimers Tauranga has registered assessors for Total Mobility Scheme and assessment cost is $20.

 groups for carers/family/whanau

These meetings are facilitated by staff and held throughout the region.
Groups provide an opportunity to

  • access information and education
  • receive information relevant to your present situation and needs
  • learn tips and techniques to manage and share ideas with other carers
  • meet others in a similar situation and receive mutual support
  • enjoy the benefits of mutual sharing
  • focus on your own self care

Joining a support group is a positive way of doing something to help your-self.

Group  Venue Day Time


Alzheimers Centre, 116, 13th Ave

1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month

1:30pm - 3:30pm


Arataki Community Centre,Zambuk Way, Bayfair Mount Maunganui

2nd Thursay of the month

10am - 12pm


St John's Centre, Beach Rd, Katikati

1st Monday of the month

10am - 12pm

Te Puke

Not running at present. If you are interested in attending a support group please contact Te Puke Field Officer Annette Walmsly

1st Wednesday of the month

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Residential Carers

Alzheimers Centre,               116 Thirteenth Ave, Tauranga    

3rd Thursday of the month

10.00am to 12pm

Young Ones      (carers under 65)

Alzheimers Centre,                    116 Thirteenth Ave, Tauranga    

4th Tue bi - monthly (Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct)              

6.30pm - 8.30pm            

Adult Carer Children   (who assist parents)

Alzheimers Centre,               116 Thirteenth Ave, Tauranga                                    

3rd Thursday of the month

7.00pm - 8.30pm