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Jo’s Story – Financial Mentoring to Change Lives

Jo’s Story – Financial Mentoring to Change Lives

“I love to journey with whānau and see them come to a place where they are able to achieve their financial goals – that is really awesome and, for me, it’s what my financial mentoring role at Money Mentors is all about.” Jo is a Kahukura Financial...

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Samantha’s Story – Financial Mentoring & Life Goals

Samantha’s Story – Financial Mentoring & Life Goals

Samantha has goals for herself and her family but it’s difficult to fulfil your dreams when you are going through a tough time financially. Financial mentoring help from Visionwest Money Mentors has given Samantha hope for the future. Before having...

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A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

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 – A Budgeting Story

Going the Extra Mile – A Budgeting Story

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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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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COVID Revisited – Need, Isolation and Hope

COVID Revisited – Need, Isolation and Hope

Last week Brook Turner, VisionWest Community Trust’s Head of Services Development and Partnerships, was interviewed on Rhema. The following blog was written using information from that interview. In it, Brook explains about COVID stress and the...

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A place of transformation

A place of transformation

At Visionwest we understand that most people in need require more than just one service. The challenge is to determine the specific type of support required and to deliver it in a way that builds hope and trust. The Matapuna Whānau Centre is the...

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Raising the bar on budgeting

Raising the bar on budgeting

The increased number of whānau accessing the services of Visionwest, coupled with the ongoing negative economic effects of COVID have led to unprecedented demand on our Budgeting Service – in fact, we’ve had to stop taking on new clients for three...

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