When New Zealand was plunged into COVID Alert Level 4 lockdown in late March 2020, the needs faced by the most vulnerable in our communities intensified.
Every one of Visionwest’s services was forced to pivot to a new model of support delivery but, through it all, the homeless were housed, whānau fed, and those who are older or living with disabilities were supported to stay safely in their homes through the lockdowns. Those in training continued to be taught and those in need of financial or counselling advice continued to receive support.
A key feature of service delivery was the collaboration and support, both amongst the Visionwest team and from other organisations and individuals in the community. Together we learnt, adapted, worked flexibly, and achieved what would normally be thought impossible.
By the end of that first lockdown, we had fed over 27,000 people, delivered over 221,000 hours of in-home healthcare and placed over 200 people, previously experiencing homelessness, in housing.
Visionwest’s lockdown story is told in Our COVID Story – Tā Mātou Mate Karauna Kōrero.
You can read the story of Visionwest’s COVID-19 Lockdown Story – CLICK HERE.