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Companions-12The Companion Company is an initiative about to be launched in Mangawhai by two local women, Pauline Wilson and Shelley Rodgers, both of whom have had first-hand experience of the need for companionship which neither are ashamed or embarrassed to admit.

The concept for a new small business was suggested by a mutual friend, and it sparked an interest. Though there is a wide range of services offered in the community, the pair became enthused about a service with a difference, offering a one-on-one service, ladies helping ladies on either a casual or regular basis.

“The Companion Company is committed to helping residents in Mangawhai and outlying areas who may be needing someone beside them,” says Pauline. “All we are offering may be a service that older individuals may need just to get those pesky tasks completed. It may well be companionship during the afternoon hours is the main need, conversation or assistance with a little exercise. It may be either for long or short term periods, but always one-on-one,” she adds, acknowledging that any medical requirements will be undertaken by medical professionals.

Pauline is a long-term resident of Mangawhai, and is quick to say that the community is, in her experience, very supportive. With its current climate of growth and expansion she believes Mangawhai is ready for this service.

Pauline has been in the helping industry all her working life and is well known to some as a school teacher, having worked in both primary and secondary schools within the area. A career change sees her currently as a consumer advisor in health and disability services in Auckland. She is really excited about this new venture and very motivated by the idea of working with Shelley.

Shelley has a farming background but her other passion is caregiving where she holds a diploma. Shelley has combined both these skills previously and is now ready to devote her time to The Companion Company. Though their skills vary, they believe they will complement each other.

Both Pauline and Shelley are very personable and willing individuals who share a great sense of humour. Both women believe that laughter and humour may well be the basis for overall wellness, all things considered of course, and discretion is essential.

It may be that children of older parents could be seeking help for their parents, and/or equally even parents of younger children may need assistance at times. Pauline and Shelley are flexible, versatile and multi skilled and offer both practical and academic talents.

A phone call with your enquiries is will ensure a confidential discussion, and a more comprehensive brochure can be emailed to you. Each situation / need is different. Shelley and Pauline are sensitive and professional in their approach. Just give them a call.

NEW VENTURE: Mangawhai is ready for a companion service say Shelley Rodgers (left) and Pauline Wilson (021) 126 3234

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