FRUIT AND VEGIE POP-UP SUCCESS! Last Friday’s first Fruit and Vegie Pop-Up store was a great success with 115 people registering to collect a bag of produce and 130 bags given out. The were also a few extras that could be purchased such as watermelon, rock melon and plums. A free sausage sizzle was provided and added to a fun atmosphere. ++++ The Fruit and Vegie Pop-up is open to EVERYONE and is on every Friday. You can purchase around $30 worth of fruit and vegies for $15 - but you need to pre-order. • Go to www.foodtogether.co.nz/collections/foodtogether-popup • Scroll down to find “Visionwest Pop-Up” and order online. Then come along to 97 Glendale Road between noon and 2pm on your chosen Friday to collect your fruit and vegies. #visionwest#foodsupport#patakakai#foodbank#foodtogether PHOTO: Sarah from our Marketing Team is looking pretty happy with her fruit and vegie bag. ... See MoreSee Less
In July 2022, the NZ Herald ran a story with the headline, “Rising cost of living leading one-in-five Kiwis to skip meals, survey finds.” This week, over 18 months on, another story regarding Kiwis who are finding things tough RIGHT NOW carries the headline, “Cost of living and high inflation puts more children in poverty.” The sobering facts are, “On children in poverty after housing costs, there was a 3.1 percent increase to 17.5 per cent in the year to June 2023, up from 14.4 per cent in the previous year – that means, one in every six Kiwi children is living in poverty, an increase from 166,200 to 202,100 children. “There was also an increase in children living in households experiencing material hardship, meaning they went without basic needs such as fresh fruit and vegetables and doctor visits and had to put up with being sick.” Officials have warned that the number of children living in poverty would likely increase by 7000 in four years. One estimate predicted that as many as 13,000 extra children would be in poverty by 2028. It’s a sad reality that we live in a nation where thousands of children (and adults) feel the impact of poverty daily. Every week, Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai provides around 400 emergency food parcels to West Aucklanders (many of whom are in employment or retirees) who are genuinely feeling the pinch of recent cost-of-living increases. Money Mentors, our financial mentoring service, provided 1,900 sessions last year to whānau who want to do better with their finances. We also housed 567 households and provided over 6,900 counselling sessions (often for issues relating to poverty). THANK YOU for your support of Visionwest – together we can make a difference! www.visionwest.org.nz/donate. Read the two NZ Herald stories here: tinyurl.com/55tju94w and tinyurl.com/ykyk4zv2. #visionwest... See MoreSee Less
Fifty percent of those experiencing homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand are under the age of 25; Visionwest is committed to creating innovative housing responses to provide accommodation and mentoring support for rangatahi (young people). As part of our Ōhinga Tū youth development service, we have two housing initiatives aimed at addressing youth homelessness. >> My Whare involves placing one-bedroom studios on residential properties to house rangatahi who have had a challenging start. It includes one-on-one mentoring and is designed to guide rangatahi who are transitioning out of care or homelessness towards the achieving of educational and employment goals and a fulfilling life. >> Whare Hiwa (House of Hope and Dreams) provides housing support for wāhine aged between 18 and 22 years who are experiencing homelessness or facing housing insecurity. It gives young wāhine a safe home with live-in supervision alongside other wāhine and, in association with Ōhinga Tū, provides a dedicated youth mentor to work alongside each wāhine as they work to achieve goals relating to self-confidence, stability and employment. Find out more about Visionwest’s youth housing initiatives – www.visionwest.org.nz/ohinga-tu/youth-housing/. Read more about Ōhinga Tū in our latest Annual Report - ar23.visionwest.org.nz/ohinga-tu/ #visionwest#ohingatu#youthemployment... See MoreSee Less
You guys are amazing, I love the way you do true wrap around services. Surely government money would be way better utilised by giving it to trusts like yours who really do it well, and do it in a cost effective way. Far more homes would be provided this way, surely. Anyway, I love reading about your acheivments.