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Beth’s Story – Visionwest Youth Development Coach

Beth’s Story – Visionwest Youth Development Coach

“It’s so rewarding when I come to the end of a journey with a young person. It could be that they are going into employment or could be that they are moving onto further training; just seeing them move to a place where they are in a better position...

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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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Matt’s Story – Youth Training and Employment

Matt’s Story – Youth Training and Employment

If not for your support, Matt* reckons he would be in a gang or living on the streets. Matt’s childhood was spent shuffling between separated parents and being in care. A failure to connect at school and becoming a father while still in his late...

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Tiana’s* Story – Youth Training and Employment

Tiana’s* Story – Youth Training and Employment

It was no surprise that Tiana was expelled from her high school. From a broken home, she grew up surrounded by excessive drug and alcohol use. By the time she was 14, Tiana had left school and was enrolled in the Alternative Education Programme run...

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Visionwest Response to Budget 2020

Visionwest Response to Budget 2020

Lisa Woolley, CEO of VisionWest Community Trust responded to the budget by saying, “We are pleased to see the Government’s response for those most in need in our community at this time, many of whom have never before experienced such financial and...

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Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge

Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge

The Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge: Over 3,000 Food Parcels As New Zealand moved into lockdown on Wednesday March 25, the immediate challenge for the Pātaka Kai was how to distribute parcels to whānau in need of food, at a time when that need...

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Empowering people through VisionWest’s Training Centre

Empowering people through VisionWest’s Training Centre

Georgia speaks with evident passion about the way the wrap-around services of VisionWest’s training centre works for clients facing a variety of challenges. She cites the case of one man who was referred to them to seek assistance in getting ready...

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Fresh Choices for Sala

Fresh Choices for Sala

When you first meet solo mother of two, Salanieta (known as Sala), you are blown away by her beautiful smile and unassuming demeanour. Her positive, no-nonsense, outlook becomes apparent as soon as you start talking to her and you get the feeling...

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