These groups can carry anger and fear with mainstream society who they experience have being unfair to them and struggle to fit in and ‘play’ by the rules. These groups and the families that have been created around them experience significant life hurdles. These groups are commonly referred to as ‘gangs’ and are also referred to as ‘hard to reach’ due to the reluctance to engage with any mainstream service.
Over many years through its desire to bring out the best in people, commitment to respectful relationships and biases towards groups on the margins – Wesley has formed positive relationships across some of these communities (notably members of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power communities). The developing respectful relationships between Wesley and members of these communities have led to joint initiatives supporting leadership within these communities to lead pro-social change.