The team at Wesley Community Action is working hard to ensure we continue to help the most vulnerable people in our community while keeping them and ourselves safe. We have developed new, clear protocols to inform all of our work and we are re-organising our work to fit the new ‘lockdown’ environment. Read more
We’re delighted to celebrate the next step in the renewal of the former Wesleyhaven resthome and hospital in Naenae: the completion of the first four new affordable rental homes on the site.
Hutt City mayor Campbell Barry will help mark this significant milestone at a ceremony being held at Wesley Rātā Village at 10am on Wednesday November 20. Read more
We’re calling for the partner organisations involved in the $1.5 billion Porirua Development project to adopt the Porirua Promise, a set of five undertakings we believe will help ensure that everyone in East Porirua benefits from this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. We helped develop the Porirua Promise following a 2-day learning trip to Auckland in May to get insights into the “do’s and don’ts” of large housing regeneration projects. We’ll present it to the development partners at a meeting on August 21.
Our Community Innovation Lead, Kena Duignan, has written an excellent report looking at what’s been happening at Wesley Rātā Village since we made the difficult decision to close our resthome and hospital in Naenae in August 2017. Tō Tātau Haerenga Whakahou: Wesley Rātā Village Our Journey of Renewal, outlines our progress to date, our theories of change, our collaborations, the lessons we’ve learned and the mahi ahead. It also shares some key facts and figures and some of the stories that bring them to life.
New Zealand’s largest community fruit and vegetable co-op is getting rid of singe-use plastic bags. The Wellington Regional Fruit and Vegetable Co-op started rolling out the change today at packing hubs in Cannons Creek and Titahi Bay. We run the co-op, which provides 9 tonnes to fresh produce to 1400 Wellington households, in partnership with Regional Public Health. Read more
“We remain convinced that when we see something that needs doing, we should stop ourselves from rushing in and finding a solution. Instead, we should invite the community to respond. Shifting the focus and power to the people in the communities we want to thrive just makes good sense.” Our director David Hanna has been reflecting on the power of community-led development Read more
Christine Remuera is one happy great-grandmother after doing our new Real Talk parenting course at Wesley Waitangirua. “It’s so good, the house is so peaceful,” she says. We’ve worked with the eastern Porirua community to make sure Real Talk meets the needs of the Hekes – not the Brady Bunch. Read more.
We’re taking a number of steps to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. These include cancelling all the regular community gatherings we host at Wesley Rātā Village, Wesley House in Cannons Creek, Wesley Waitangirua and in Strathmore. We’re also introducing strict protocols for internal meetings, and for people visiting our offices – both staff and non-staff. Read more
Several members of the Methodist Alliance are involved in a collective to help reduce the number of babies – particularly Māori babies – being uplifted at birth. Our director, David Hanna, says this reflects a long Methodist tradition of challenging injustice.
An abandoned computer found by one of the social workers in our Elder Care Team has been brought back to life and is now working 24/7 as part of an international project to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
WesFold, as the computer is called, sits on our Elder Abuse Response Service Desk, where it provides computing power for a project based at Stanford University called Folding at Home.
We’re delighted to announce that we have signed an agreement with Masterton prefabricated home provider EasyBuild to build 25 affordable rental homes at the former Wesleyhaven Village in Naenae. The homes will be made available to applicants on the Government’s Housing Register for people who have been assessed as eligible for social housing and are waiting to be matched to a house. Read more.
Wesley Community Action has joined the other members of the Methodist Alliance in questioning whether the landmark pay equity deal for Oranga Tamariki social workers is really pay equity when social workers in community organisations working alongside Oranga Tamariki have been left out of the agreement. Read more
Wesley Community Action and Deloitte have today released a report which celebrates the creative possibilities of giving communities the opportunity to come up with their own solutions to the problems caused by poverty and high levels of debt. The report, Making Good Sense: Evidence and Lessons in Community Innovation, looks at several initiatives developed in Cannons Creek in response to concerns about the growing number of people using Wesley Community Action’s food bank. Read more.
Good Cents has been working with people in financial hardship in Porirua for the last eight years and more than 200 people have completed a Good Cents Course during that time. We recently hosted a hui to look at what the programme has achieved and what we should do next. You can check out the highlights in this YouTube video.