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Where we’ve come from

In February 1982, a small group of visionaries from Glen Eden Baptist Church in West Auckland, gathered to talk about what tangible things they could do to meet the needs of the vulnerable in their community. A decision was made to take over the derelict local railway station – leased from the Council for one dollar a year – to establish a drop-in centre. Within a short time, various programmes were running out of the station including a playgroup, support group for the unemployed, and public health nurse visits.

In November 1988, The Friendship Centre Trust was incorporated to facilitate the addition of extra support services to the community. In July 2010, the Trust and all its services were rebranded to become The Visionwest Community Trust.

Since those early days, the Trust has grown to where it now provides wraparound support through a wide range of services. With offices throughout New Zealand, the Trust employs around 1,800 people and reaches tens of thousands of kiwis each year.

Throughout our history, two attitudes have provided a foundation to the work of the Trust – a willingness to innovate and grow to meet emerging needs, and a steadfast commitment to upholding the mana of every individual we support and employ. It’s these attitudes that continue to steer the Trust and propel it forward as we build hope together in the communities we serve.

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Visionwest - The First 30 Years

Building Hope Together – The story of Visionwest’s 30 year journey to transform its community.

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COVID Report

Collaboration and community support became a key feature of Visionwest’s response to COVID-19.

Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga story

We create pathways for vulnerable whānau to rise out of poverty, isolation, homelessness, and joblessness by providing comprehensive wraparound services.

Our team supports children, young people, families, people with disabilities and the elderly with an unwavering hope for a better tomorrow.

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Flora’s Story – Independence at 100 Years Old

I’m 100 years old. I used to be a nurse then, once my family grew old up, I was in hospital administration. Thanks to Visionwest, I’m still in my own unit. It makes me feel so good to still have that independence. Flora has been a Visionwest Home Healthcare client for...

Matariki 2022 – Te Tau Hou Māori – The Māori New Year

Happy Matariki to everyone. Signalling New Year, Matariki is a time of renewal and celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster and the rising of a new moon. A number of the team from our Glen Eden campus and members of...

Visionwest Wins at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards

Having enjoyed success at the North-West zone Westpac Business Awards earlier this year, Visionwest have now taken out the Excellence in Strategy and Planning Award at the Auckland-Wide event. We were also finalists in the Supreme Business Excellence Award. The award...

National Volunteer Week 2022 – Rajeev’s Story

More than one million people across Aotearoa volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy. Much more happens within communities and informally between people. 15 – 22 June 2022 is National Volunteer Week At Visionwest we are fortunate to have...

Andrea’s Housing Story – Hope for the Future

What makes all the difference with Visionwest is the wraparound services that are provided. If a housing tenant needs budgeting, they can get budgeting, if they need food, there’s food support available, same with counselling. Everything you need to make a go of it is...

Karen’s Story of Independence – Life is for Living

It keeps me independent because I’m able to do the things I need to accomplish in a shorter period of time and then get out and be a part of the things I really want to be a part of. Karen is talking about the independence that comes from having Visionwest Home...

Gwenda and Robin’s Housing Story – Support When it was Needed Most

My dream is that we might receive a miracle regarding Robin’s health. We are certainly open to that but I’m also realistic. Beyond that, my hope is that I can keep Robin at home as long as I possibly can. I don’t want him having to be put into care but, for him to...

Barbarah’s Story – Home is Where the Memories are

As newlyweds, Barbarah and her husband moved to Tauranga to build a home for themselves, start a family, enjoy the quieter pace of life and build memories. Barbarah’s husband joined the police force. Within a few years they had three children but, sadly, Barbarah’s...

Visionwest’s Response to Budget 2022.

On May 19th, the Government released its 2022 Budget which included a number of initiatives to help vulnerable whānau in our communities. Many of these initiatives focus on a proactive strategy to recover from the effects of COVID. Within the community services...

Angeline’s Story – Life under the Visionwest Umbrella

“Visionwest is like an umbrella for me. When a storm comes along, Visionwest is there. If I need someone to talk to, Visionwest is there. If I have a question or have any problems, my Visionwest support navigator is there ... one of my goals is to do the Unitec Social...
Flora’s Story – Independence at 100 Years Old

Flora’s Story – Independence at 100 Years Old

I’m 100 years old. I used to be a nurse then, once my family grew old up, I was in hospital administration. Thanks to Visionwest, I’m still in my own unit. It makes me feel so good to still have...