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More Than Food

More Than Food

Many of the people who access Visionwest’s wraparound support services have no family and limited social networks. Their lives are confined to a small space both geographically and socially. For many years, community dinners were held at the Glen...

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Support When It Was Most Needed

Support When It Was Most Needed

For years Gwenda and Robin lived on a farm just out of Westport. Then Robin was diagnosed with a serious illness which meant they needed to relocate to Christchurch to be closer to family and the medical services that Robin would need. As Gwenda...

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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 – 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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It’s so easy to make a difference

It’s so easy to make a difference

Living locally, Sarah knew of the work of Visionwest so, when it came to doing something to help those who are facing hardship this Christmas, her family decided to buy food and gifts for the 5 Days of Christmas event. She even dropped by with her...

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Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

“The new normal” is a phrase that has been used a lot this year. For most of us, this new normal has brought a range of challenges but has also created a space to reassess and reflect on things that are important: family, friends, and a better...

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Book Launch – 30 Years of Community Service

Book Launch – 30 Years of Community Service

On November 18, 2020, thirty years of community service were celebrated with a VIP Morning Tea and Book Launch held in the Glen Eden Baptist Church (GEBC) café. The book, titled Building Hope Together, is a picture-rich historical record of the...

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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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