VIL­LAGE STILL ‘IDEAS AND CON­CEPTS’

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

The Les­bian El­ders Vil­lage project aims to es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity for les­bians dur­ing the sec­ond half of their lives.

Sec­re­tary Ricky Schamall says the idea came from a woman named Arafelle One whose part­ner had Alzheimer’s disease and had to be put into care.

‘‘It was a tough ex­pe­ri­ence for both of them. She ex­pe­ri­enced all sorts of things, be­gin­ning from not be­ing the of­fi­cial next-ofkin for her part­ner,’’ Ms Schamall says.

‘‘Arafelle thought it would have been great if she had the op­por­tu­nity to keep her part­ner closer to her, not in a state fa­cil­ity, so she could care for her with friends and the help of car­ers.’’

The vil­lage pro­posal is ‘‘ideas and con­cepts, rather than bricks and mor­tar’’, but the goal is to have a prop­erty with apart­mentstyle liv­ing, shared gar­dens and com­mu­nity build­ings.

It is also hoped there will be fa­cil­ity for a med­i­cal cen­tre.

The project is on hold for the mo­ment un­til more women give their sup­port.

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