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Short Distance | Long Journey – Walter’s Housing Story

Short Distance | Long Journey – Walter’s Housing Story

Walter was born a stone’s throw away from the Visionwest house he now lives in, the journey from his boyhood home to this one has not been easy, but it has brought a true life-transformation.  “It’s been a long journey for me,” says Walter. Sitting...

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Shannon’s Food Support Lifeline

Shannon’s Food Support Lifeline

Shannon* had been receiving food parcels from Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai to help her through a really tough time. Shannon is a single mum who, whilst looking for work, found herself struggling to make ends meet. Rising living costs and increasing rent...

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Jody’s Story – Community Connection

Jody’s Story – Community Connection

Jody* is too unwell and vulnerable to work but in order to access the government support she needs, she had to complete an online application form. For Jody this was a major barrier. She doesn’t own a computer and has no idea what an online form...

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Spiritual Wellbeing Matters Too

Spiritual Wellbeing Matters Too

Tony Dye says chaplaincy is not just an add-on concept. It’s considered to be integral to the services offered at VisionWest. "Everyone here's a minister, but I get to be a bit more upfront in matters of faith." As part of programmes like the...

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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...