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Feeding the community during lockdowns

Feeding the community during lockdowns

In the first three days of the August lockdown, Visionwest distributed 1,131 Emergency Food Parcels – more than the number for the entire month of July. By the end of December, we had distributed 15,459 parcels - each parcel is designed to feed two...

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Creating joy at Christmas

Creating joy at Christmas

It’s a privilege and joy to be able to create Christmas for families who would otherwise go without, and we couldn’t do it without you! Every year there are people in our community who find it difficult to put food on the table and to buy even the...

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A path out of homelessness

A path out of homelessness

Prior to lockdown, Damon* had been sleeping rough for a long time. His sister had noticed his declining health and wellbeing and became so concerned that she urged him to visit Visionwest. The reluctance Damon felt when he first visited...

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Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile

Most people come to Visionwest with a variety of complex financial, physical and emotional challenges. Staff in each of our support services often find themselves stepping outside of their usual role to provide extra support. That’s what happened...

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Christmas From The Heart 2021

Christmas From The Heart 2021

Thank you for being amazing, we really appreciate it. It has made our Christmas something to look forward to.   We are going to actually enjoy Christmas and not dread it like normal. These are just two of the many social media comments from...

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Pātaka Kai: The COVID Effect

Pātaka Kai: The COVID Effect

In just two months (September and October 2021), Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai processed, packed, and delivered 8,684 food parcels, feeding 11,517 adults and 10,593 children – a total of 22,110 people. Last year: This is an amazing output when compared...

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From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From being helped to being a helper, Michelle has chosen to walk a different pathway since she received support from Visionwest. Michelle knew her life wasn’t going great. She was homeless, sleeping in her car or in the garages of friends until a...

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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu. National Volunteer Week – June 20 – 26. It’s estimated that 1.2 million people put in volunteer hours to support local charities, groups and organisations throughout Aotearoa. As part of National Volunteer Week, we want to...

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Simon’s Story

Simon’s Story

“It was like a big blanket washed over me…” Through no fault of his own, Simon (not his real name) became a part of New Zealand’s homelessness statistics. Leaving behind a successful business, he moved to Christchurch to become caregiver to his...

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Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021

Visionwest Response to Budget 2021. On May 20th, the Government released its 2021 Budget which included a number of initiatives to help vulnerable whānau as we seek to recover from the effects of COVID and its financial ramifications which have...

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Feeding the community during lockdowns

Feeding the community during lockdowns

In the first three days of the August lockdown, Visionwest distributed 1,131 Emergency Food Parcels – more than the number for the entire month of July. By the end of December, we had distributed...