The One Hundred Whānau Food and Financial Hardship Report is Visionwest’s latest community impact report.
Focussing on food and financial hardship, this challenging report is the result of an in-depth survey and interviews of 100 randomly selected Visionwest clients, plus interviews with key frontline staff.
The findings are significant in light of the financial challenges facing many New Zealanders right now and include:
- Financial challenges are not limited to Covid times. As we adjust to life post-pandemic, many people are still struggling, often because of loss of jobs or income but also because of the rapidly soaring cost-of-living.
- The challenges faced by many go beyond financial and include stress, mental health, and physical health issues as a result of food insecurity and financial deprivation. These issues will have significant impact on communities in the future.
- There is a new group on the rise in Aotearoa New Zealand today – “the new poor.” People who have never before needed to access any social services are coming to Visionwest in need of support. These people grapple with shame, adjusting to living on a low income, and having to access a social service system they are completely unfamiliar with. The sad reality is that many are working in full time jobs but cannot keep up with the cost of food and rent.
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