Today is Tuesday, 17th of October, 2017
Kids First Whanau Centre offers a five-room residential space for women who are either pregnant or with children up to 12 months of age. Our priority is the wellbeing, care, and protection of mothers and their children.
We provide support across three areas, residential in-house support, post-residential support, and support in the community.
Kids First Whanau Centre is a space where mums can be with other mums, sharing experiences and challenges, seeing change and growth in each other. We provide a safe space for children and mums, where there is acceptance without judgement and where each persons' uniqueness and experiences are respected. We offer the opportunity to strengthen and develop new skills in the mother child relationship. Our social workers and child therapist with walk beside you and your children, providing guidance and support.
Our commitment is to begin building trust and respect, to build self-esteem and confidence, to empower women and children, to assist with good disciplining techniques, establish good daily routines, provide a secure and safe home, provide a high quality professional service, and to open doors for new beginnings.
Developing employment, brokerage and social enterprise projects for residents to offer experience and integration into community.
There are groups of people who will struggle to secure employment, facing issues that include generational unemployment, addictions, racial prejudice, minimal education, parenting responsibilities, criminal convictions, and psychological issues.
Just Employment is committed to linking people with training and/or employment out in the market place or creating small businesses for employment. Even being offered the chance to claim recent work experience is a great opportunity for many. Our employment will be mainly providing readiness for work by creating current work experience; this can make all the difference in gaining long-term employment after moving on from our services and into the areas of their capabilities and dreams.
Exclusion from paid employment is one of the issues that creates inequality, as do low hourly rates. Employment is also an important aspect of our identity. Unemployment can isolate people, and for the people we work with, we need to help with their engagement, empowerment and support to feel they are participating in the community.
The current political focus to move people from benefit dependency into employment is to be commended at one level, although the approach disregards barriers to, and a lack of jobs available to many. We want to provide employment with on the job training in a positive environment. Support from wrap around services Anglican Action already offers can help reduce the barriers to employment that already exist for many of the people we journey with.
Some of our social enterprise projects include lawn mowing, yard and property maintenance, car valet service, and working a large strip of farmland into a commercial garden.
If you would like to learn more about social enterprise opportunities please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Nobody listened to me for the last eight years, until you guys did." A reflection from one of our men.
The Anglican Action Reintegration Hub works across a variety of programmes to deliver support for the reintegration of men from prison back into the community. We are constantly exploring new projects and ways of providing pro-social support and interactions to restore the humanity to those we journey with.
We offer transitional accommodation for men in three blocks of flats in Hamilton. Our programme is 13 weeks in our accommodation and 13 weeks in supported community accommodation. Supervision and support is provided as well as assistance in finding employment and alternative accommodation when they are ready to return to the community after release from prison or other institutions.
We also have contracts with Department of Corrections to provide 24/7 mentoring, training and supervision in a long-term intensive residential support service for some clients.
The Manaaki Mai team build relationships, sometimes years prior to the release date of a person from prison. It’s all about trust. We want them to know where they will be coming out of prison to, and for them to know us. For them to at least know the face of the person who will pick them up from prison makes a huge difference to the nerves of someone who may have been inside for decades. Trust is what makes it, knowing they are part of a bigger whānau, the Anglican Action whānau. We break down the barriers by building relationships, giving responsibilities and consequences.
There is a real community feeling for those in our supported accommodation. The new residents beginning their journey with us are looked out for and after by the more senior guys, who have themselves been in our support for some time. There is a culture of awhi and mentoring. These guys know what it is like, what it feels like and have strategies to deal with the situations they know all too well. Some guys have had twenty years in prison and have nobody to return to upon their release.
Our support varies depending on the needs of the individual and their whānau, but can include, support with Work and Income, any medical assessments, we provide a fully furnished flat, food parcels, counselling, help with Probation, reconnecting with children and families where appropriate. We work to focus on their goals and how they can be motivated towards achieving them. We understand restrictions and conditions from Probation, so can work around these using the constructive relationship we have with Corrections.
The bicultural setting of our work is an incredible strength. Our kaumatua and chaplaincy offer a connection spiritually and to develop their sense of belonging.
One new initiative for 2014 has been the Men’s Support Group. This is an evening group to connect and inspire many of the men we support but also others in the community and former residents from our programmes.
Men often find themselves in situations where they are expected to deal with big changes on their own with little support. This group is about men being real, dealing with men’s questions and issues, having a safe space to tell their stories and work towards getting more out of life. Our group is open, easy going and for ordinary guys who have had tough times in the past, giving their support to help men who are going through tough times now.
We’ve created an environment where people are able to share.
We have three main areas of work; supported bail, mentoring, and programmes delivered in a camp setting.
Our youth service work is with those aged up to 17, to provide support, advocacy and mentoring for young people who have come into contact with the court system. Working with whānau and other support services, we want to resolve problems and get our youth back on track; often this means figuring out what track they want to be on and empowering them to work towards their goals.
We work with our rangatahi to explore some of the ‘tough stuff’ in their lives; the barriers to their own success, the things that get in the way of what they want to do with their lives, as well as finding opportunities to celebrate achievements. It’s all about positive role modelling; working alongside the young people to support pro-social attitudes and behaviour.
It’s all about building a trusting relationship; otherwise we’re not doing our job here. We need to prove we are on their side with our actions; just spending time, having fun, being a friend and an ally. The worst thing is when these youngsters try to make positive changes in their lives and nobody notices, nobody sees or nobody hears.
Celebrating success is therefore a major focus of our work. Mentoring is learning a new story about them, safe from the negative assumptions and expectations they are socialised to expect from people who come into their lives. People don’t want the naughty kids in their school or communities; there is a great sense of marginalisation and isolation, and these kids know it.
Youth camps are also an important part of our work. We run camps that are a chance to get out of the city and into nature where there are team-building activities and spaces for reflection and conversations about life. These camps provide an opportunity to cultivate a culture where we as a group look after one another and differences, such as opposing gang affiliations, disappear.
Camps provides an opportunity to take our youth out of negative and dis-empowering places into an intentional, supportive community that celebrates who they are. It’s also an opportunity to have fun and just enjoy being a young person, to run and scream and laugh. We get to see their true colours — not their gang colours. We see how truly kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent and caring these kids are. It is a unique opportunity to build a deeper relationship and have conversations about life, who they are, who they want to be, and what they want to stand for.
Ethos Cafe is our social enterprise, supporting us to continue to offer our services in the community.
We are open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
We also cater for small or larger groups using our onsite conference facilities; our large conference room, meeting/board room, or the Te Ara Hou auditorium.
Come in for a visit!
Our conference room available for hire can accommodate 45 people seated around tables or 80-100 seated in conference format, below are some example configurations. Just Food Cafe is right outside the conference room and can cater all of your meetings and events to your requirements. Please give us a call for more information.