North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid (C.M.A.) About Us

Background Information

North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid (CMA) was first introduced to the North Shore in 1966, but it all began in Auckland in early 1959 when a group of people formed the Civilian Maimed Association.

They wanted day centres where active able-bodied people could join along with the less active with medical problems. The first centre in 1961 was in Ponsonby but by 1966 there were centres in Parnell, Mt Eden, Avondale and Takapuna.

Expansion over the bridge saw five more centres opened by 1969 and the North Shore becoming a branch, responsible for its own organization and funds in 1971.

Current Information

C.M.A. now stands for Centres of Mutual Aid. North Shore CMA Incorporated is a multi-cultural, non-sectarian, not-for-profit, charitable organisation that offers social contact; companionship; crafts; games and other activities including outings and entertainment .

Morning tea and lunch are served at our seven centres located on the North Shore and in the Hibiscus Coast regions.  Centres page for location). The Governance Team is the ruling body of the organization and officers are elected every year at the Annual General Meeting.

Centre Supervisors are paid staff working with wonderful volunteers, without whom we would not be in a position to provide this much needed service to the community  Volunteers page if you would like to help). As well as our Centre Supervisors we have part-time office staff consisting of Manager and Support Officer.

Our Charities Registration No. is CC22808.

Publications relating to the need for our services (accessed through Age Concern North Shore)

"Social isolation and loneliness among older people: issues and future challenges in community and residential settings" by Linda Grenade and Duncan Boldy. Australian Health Review; Aug 2008; 32, 3; ABI/INFORM Global p. 468.

"Loneliness and the health of older people" - Review Article by Conor O Luanaigh and Brian A. Lawlor.

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2008 23:1213-1221 Published online 9 June 2008 in Wiley InterScience (ww ) DOI: 10.1002/gps.2054.

"Addressing loneliness in later life" by Simone Pettigrew and Michele Roberts. Aging & Mental Health Vol. 12, No. 3, May 2008, pp. 302-309.

Our Supporters

We are very grateful for support from:
Waitemata District Health Board; Auckland Council Local Boards:
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, Kaipatiki
Local Board and Upper Harbour Local Board; Blue Sky Community Trust;
Community Organisations Grants Scheme (COGS); Foundation North; Four Winds
Foundation; Laurie Parker Trust; Lion Foundation; NZ Lotteries Grants
Board; NZ Post - Community Post; Pelorus Trust; Pub Charity - from gaming
machines at The Albany, The Brownzy's Sports Bar, The Jolly Punter, Florrie
McGreals Irish Pub and Seven Stars Restaurant and Bar; AJ Scott; United

If you would like to support our organization,
please contact our office 09 489 8954.