New Centre opens for community engagement in Auckland

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Auckland, July 16, 2018

Shanti Niwas and Bharatiya Mandir have announced the establishment of a ‘Drop in Centre’ at 258, Balmoral Road, Sandringham from July 20, 2018

The Centre will be open from 9 am to 5 pm every Wednesday and Friday and will be open to all.

“Anyone can take read the newspapers, books, magazines, surf the internet, play games, take part in activities, or just sit back, have a chat with friends or even have a snooze. Regular activities for those who want to learn new skills or revive their skills will be made available during different parts of the day,” a notification said.

First of its kind

The Drop in Centre will be the first of its kind where seniors can meet like-minded people, and socialise or relax in a safe and central location.

Activities for seniors will be provided and managed by Shanti Niwas.

A Shanti Niwas Social worker will be available for seniors at the Centre once a week.

General Manager Nilima Venkat said that Shanti Niwas has been in the forefront of providing services to the elders of the South Asian community since 1994.

About Shanti Niwas

“Some of our services include Auckland-wide Positive Ageing Day Programmes, Elder Abuse Response Service (contracted by the Ministry of Social Development), Emergency Home, Dosti Visiting Services, Women’s Prison Visiting Service and other Aged Care Support,” she said.

About Bharatiya Mandir

Educational and recreational activities for the youth and children will be provided in association with organisations led by Bharatiya Mandir (Indian Temple) Inc.

For the past 25 years, the Temple has been providing services to children and youth of the Indian Community. Dance, Music, Yoga, Arts & Crafts and Language classes are conducted regularly.

For further information please call (09) 6221010 or visit;


(Picture of Nilima Venkat from Indian Newslink file)

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