This new initiative supports whanau wellbeing in homes. Referrals come direct through Housing New Zealand or WINZ. We have two support workers who will come and support you to setting positive goals and achieving healthy outcomes. We’ll work alongside you to sustain a caring home environment so you don’t become another transient whanau waiting for emergency housing or having to constantly be on the move. We can work alongside you to maintain your family’s wellbeing in your family home.
Youth mentoring & leadership development
The Youth Mentor works with young people aged from 12-24 years of age who live between Cannons Creek and Ascot Park. The focus of the youth mentor is to create opportunities for youth to:
- participate in voluntary roles to experience and learn about giving back to their community,
- engage in opportunities that promote positive decision making and demonstrate good leadership within your school, sports and your community,
- meet one to one for support, guidance and\or someone to talk to,
- join the Bakers Club. Run after school on a Tuesday to teach basic baking skills and get to know others in your community.
Teen parenting support
Our Teen Parent Support Worker will work alongside teen parents and be guided by your voice. You decide what you want to achieve. The Teen Parent Support Worker can
- provide advocacy for you and your partner,
- identify your skills and strengths,
- help you to establish your goals and plan for your family,
- provide parenting\cooking workshops (dependent on numbers of teen parents), and
- work with you one-on-one to ensure you have a good start as you begin your parenting journey.
If you feel your circumstances overwhelm you. If those circumstances place you at risk of not achieving positive and healthy outcomes for the children or young people in your family. Our Community Family Worker can provide support to you and/or your family. It’s about clear plans with clear steps to reaching your family’s goals. We will also run programmes that grow out of need.
Our Social Worker In Schools (SWIS) service enables early intervention and prevention across three primary schools in Otaki. A Community Social Worker/Whanau Support worker is committed to improving children’s wellbeing and safety by being focused on the child and by incorporating the wider community. Wesley Waitangirua is also part of the Children’s Team in Horowhenua with our Social Worker In Schools having an active role as a lead professional.