February 21st, 2018 by

Wesley Community Action invests in staff and services that are committed to best practice.


 This Christmas, it’s important to think about the elderly in our community. Christmas is a very busy and often stressful time of year, and Wesley Elder Care is taking this opportunity to remind the people of Wellington to check on the elderly living nearby. 


Wesley Elder Care  in Naenae is caring for the elderly on a community level.  The Wesley Village is hosting a pilot dementia-friendly community social group called “The Ageing Well group”.

Tracey Scott, Community Development Co-ordinator of Wesley Community Action began the t group in November bring older people together with the help of volunteers to engage in fun and meaningful activities and to enjoy each other’s company.
Tracey says, “In the short time the group has meeting, some wonderful relationships have developed amongst the group members and between members and volunteers.  It has been delightful to see their faces light up when playing with the visiting under 5’s playgroup from Wesley Village, and playing with George “the therapy” puppy.   It has meant so much to be able to give to the community at large via Hutt Timebank, by making Boomerang Bags and growing veges from seeds.”
“One lady has been hard to tear away from the sewing machine at the end of the day, having rediscovered the joy she used to get from this.”
The group bagged up donated toiletries into gift bags for social workers to distribute to isolated elderly in the Hutt who otherwise wouldn’t have received a gift. Tracey says the feedback has been fantastic.
“It has been so heartwarming and poignant, that doing such a small thing can mean so much.   Perhaps best of all, the members with dementia have flourished in the group, talking, laughing and actively participating in everything.”
Claire Booth, manager of Elder Care sees the importance of this group. “Unfortunately a recent funding bid to continue this group was declined, however we continue to hope that we will find funding to continue this group in the New Year”.


For more information and to express interest in attending a future Ageing Well group, please contact Tracey Scott tscott@wesleyca.org.nz, or phone 027 4322 393 .

December 1st, 2015 by

Community social worker Ken McDonnell wants smoke alarms at the top of your Christmas wish list.

Ken is part of Wesley Community Action’s Older Persons Team.

Wesley’s WATCH initiative operates out of Porirua District Court to provide intensive support to prevent young offenders going to prison. Previously under threat of closure due to funding cuts,  a recent reprieve from funders and the introduction of new client led monitoring systems, has revitalised WATCH and achieved some great results.


Reading cinema in Porirua recently hosted what is possibly Porirua’s first ever movie premiere for a  locally produced movie (and which also happened to feature the work of Wesley Community Action’s Porirua based Good Cents team.)

December 17th, 2017 by

All older people deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and care.  The Elder Abuse Response Service at Wesley Community Action works alongside older people, their whanau, and community to stop abuse, provide immediate and ongoing safety, and protection for older people.

If you are worried about elder abuse, or concerned about an older person in the greater Wellington area, please call 04 805 0880 or email:

or call the free and confidential 24/7 national helpline:
0800 EA NOT OK 0800 32 668 65

To find out about Wesley Elder Care and to download brochures and leaflets, visit:


More information about elder abuse can be found on
Age Concern:

Age Concern

Super Seniors


We were thrilled to receive the Matua Raki National Addiction Workforce Development Supreme Award at the DAPAANZ Conference “Cutting Edge” Awards for the P-Pull Initiative originated by Lizzie McMillan-Makalio, Manager of the Waitangirua based WCA team.

This award showcases innovations in work practices that contribute to improving workplace wellbeing and staff engagement.and focuses national attention on addiction treatment organisations and services engaged in best workforce practices.


Well done Lizzie and team!

In late 2014, Wesley’s Cannons Creek Community team tested a Fruit and Vegetable co-operative aimed at providing cheap, healthy food to the residents of Eastern Porirua where 29% of participating households had annual  income of  less than $20,000.

The co-operative was an immediate success. After an initial weekly order of 40 vegetable parcels, demand quickly grew and peaked at just over 200 parcels per week (each parcels consists of an average of 9kg of vegetables and fruit at a cost to participants of $10 per parcel.)

For many years we have provided emergency food parcels through our Cannons Creek community centre, and even in relatively ‘good’ economic times we were surprised to see demand constantly increasing.

Wesley News
February 17th, 2014 by

A recent article in the Dominion Post newspaper  by Andrea Vance mentioned the good work of the Wesley team and our approach to working with ‘hard to reach’ groups  and gangs.

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