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COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS TO SERVICE (@March 24 2020)

During these extraordinary times, supporting each other is more important than ever.  Community Networks and LINK Upper Clutha are working together, along with the QLDC and other agencies, to provide essential support services from the centre.  

Community Networks is currently delivering essential services of the Foodbank, Meals on Wheels, and serving as a social wellbeing information hub – over the phone.  The Wanaka Community Hub is closed to the public, although staff from some agencies might use their own offices there.

CURRENTLY OPERATING:

Foodbank: if you or someone you know needs a food parcel, email info@communitynetworks.co.nz or call 443 7799.  All those requesting parcels need to complete the welfare registration form. They will then be contacted regarding receiving a food voucher. These food parcels will then be made up for you, and available to pick up between 1-2pm Monday – Friday.  These will be prepared with safety precautions in place, and placed outside the Foodbank door for each client, labelled by assigned number.

Meals on Wheels: existing clients of this service will receive meals, delivered by volunteers who have been trained on safety precautions.  

Vulnerable people: The QLDC has posted a “Welfare Registration Form” on their website https://www.qldc.govt.nz/covid-19#need-help for anyone who would like to register their need for support.  These will be reviewed by Council staff and referred to service providers who can help. This includes Community Networks who have offered a daily check-in phone call service.

CURRENTLY NOT OPERATING:
Face-to-face services that Community Networks usually organises, like Wheels to Dunstan and appointments with JPs, Community Law, IRD, will not be available until after the lockdown period.

NEED SUPPORT?
If you need support as listed above, please ring 443 7799 or email info@communitynetworks.co.nz. Don’t forget the key online resources:
www.covid19.govt.nz
www.qldc.govt.nz
Need to Talk? 1737 free call or txt anytime for support from a trained counsellor

Additional helpful info:

Wage subsidy: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#null

Community Response Fund

Our fund to help with the costs of seeing a counsellor is available throughout this time. Some counsellors are offering a service remotely. For further information please see details of this under “Looking for Support” on this website or email Kate on kate@communitynetworks.co.nz

OFFERING SUPPORT?
Please complete the form found here: www.qldc.govt.nz/covid-19#service-providers-help  Volunteering Central and QLDC are working together to match skills offered with help wanted – with the appropriate screening and training. It’s important to volunteer safely.

Finally, if you’d like to donate to the Foodbank, the safest, most effective way is through a financial donation.  That enables Community Networks to purchase exactly what is needed.  We have a Give a Little account, accessible via the link below.

Your local resource hub for social well-being services

Contact Details

Community Networks
34 McDougall Street,
Wanaka 9305

Phone: (03) 443 7799

Email Front Office: info@communitynetworks.co.nz

Email Kate: kate@communitynetworks.co.nz

Hours: 9-5pm, Monday - Friday

NZ Charities number: CC20120

Community Networks provides the following services free of charge:

The Community Foodbank:

  • This can be accessed by referral and self-referral at any time during pur operating hours

Arrange appointments with:

  • Wheels to Dunstan Bus (transfers to Dunstan & Dunedin Hospitals)
  • IRD (visit monthly)
  • Community Law (visit monthly)
  • Justices of the Peace (visit twice weekly)

Referrals to:

  • Social workers for all ages and issues
  • The Companionship Service for Older People
  • IT Training for Older People
  • Volunteering Central - for opportunities to volunteer in your local community
  • Budget Advice and Financial Capability Mentors
  • Subsidised GP vouchers
  • Total Mobility Scheme (subsidised local transport)

Information about:

  • Local counselling and mental health services, including subsidised counselling
  • Work and Income
  • Immigration
  • Legal Aid
  • Support groups
  • Health professionals

Also available:

  • A computer for public use to access government websites such as Work and Income (including printing)
  • Rooms for hire (including a meeting room)

 

For information about this community development project, click HERE

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