Abbeyfield in Palmerston North grew from an Abbeyfield Steering Committee formed from a public meeting held in Palmerston on May 9th 2000. Preparations leading to this meeting began in March 1998 when the Abbeyfield Executive Officer addressed the Palmerston North City Community Development and Health Committee.
It is a region of Abbeyfield New Zealand.
Abbeyfield is a not-for-profit organisation providing companionship and an affordable home for older people.
The Abbeyfield method of operation is to promote and establish local community-based and volunteer-led Abbeyfield Societies. They, in turn, create and manage local Abbeyfield Houses providing lonely older people a dignified way of life at a weekly housekeeping charge affordable from state sourced welfare payments or the equivalent.
To be the most respected and successful community volunteer provider of locally based, affordable, family-styled housing for lonely older people who seek independence, companionship and safety in New Zealand.