Be involved

At Abbeyfield we work hard to ensure that all our residents can live their lives in dignity and with respect, as valued members of the community. 

To achieve this we rely on the help and support of people like you, who share their skills, give their time and money, and offer practical support to our residents.  Together, we can improve the lives of older people in your community. Scroll down for more on how you can be involved. 


Membership of Abbeyfield New Zealand puts you right at the heart of our organisation, giving you access to the latest news, the ability to be involved in local or national governance, and the right to vote at Annual General Meetings.
It's a simple and cost effective way to support Abbeyfield, and individual and corporate / organisational memberships are available. Simply download the form below, complete and send to us at the address given. 

Abbeyfield Membership Form
NB a different process is used for Abbeyfield residents


Volunteers are the very heartblood of Abbeyfield: without them our houses simply could not provide the affordable, caring accommodation service that benefits so many residents.  
When you volunteer with Abbeyfield you know that you are impacting directly on the lives of older people. And volunteering with Abbeyfield could make a real difference to your life too. 
Our volunteers bring an incredible range of skills and experience to Abbeyfield, which is a real bonus for our residents.  Within local Abbeyfield Societies, roles typically include:

  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • House Committee Chair or House Manager 
  • Applications / residency officer
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Maintenance
  • Gardening

We also welcome short-term volunteering for specific projects, from individuals as well as businesses. For more information or to get involved as a volunteer, please contact our national office.


Hear from our volunteers

"Serving one’s community is rewarding when you see the organisations you are involved with achieve their objectives like Abbeyfield"

“I’ve been an Abbeyfield volunteer for 12 years - I keep learning and I love it." 


Leaving a gift to Abbeyfield in your will (a bequest) is a valuable way of helping us grow and develop. Abbeyfield NZ and local Societies warmly welcome this kind of support. 

Please see below, or contact our national office for more information on wording your gift or arranging a visit to see our work for yourself. All enquiries are handled in confidence and we respect your right to privacy. 

Read our promise to you in Abbeyfield's legacy charter.

Read about how to leave a bequest or gift in your will. 


  • Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated is a registered charity and donations may be eligible for tax rebates. Donations support our operating costs, strengthening our capacity to develop new houses in more communities. 
  • The Abbeyfield Foundation Charitable Trust was registered in July 1999 with the purpose of accepting gifts,donations and legacies to be used as capital to develop new Abbeyfield Houses, refurbish existing Abbeyfield Houses and promote the Abbeyfield ideals. The Trustees would be pleased to receive additional donations, legacies or grants.  Simply click on  the link to our Give a Little' page below, see the section on bequests above, or contact our national office.  

Receipts qualifying for tax rebates will be issued.  
Contact us here to find out more. 
You can also donate via Give A Little 


Abbeyfield New Zealand
Level One,
40 Halifax Street

PO Box 482
Nelson 7040
New Zealand
P: +64 3 546 6459
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