An Alert Level 4 update from Community Networks

The following core Community Networks support services will continue to operate under Alert Level 4.

The Foodbank will be open at the regular times (Monday 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-2:00pm and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm). The Community Hub building is closed, but Community Networks staff will be there to assist you when you arrive. Please maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and others and wear a mask – this is to ensure both your safety and that of our staff. 

The Meals on Wheels service will be operating as usual. 

Social work support is available by emailing the Community Networks Social Worker, Heather Clay, at socialworker@communitynetworks.co.nz, or calling 03 443 7799. 

The Community Networks phone is being monitored and messages will be checked periodically. We’ll provide further details on service changes if required.

In the meantime, remember that it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or worried at this time – and if you need, trained counsellors are available for you to talk to free of charge, 24 hours a day, when you call or text 1737. You can also call Lifeline on 0800 543354 or text HELP to 4357. Check out this page on the Mental Health Foundation’s website if you’d like some further advice on how to stay mentally well during this time.

And finally, a reminder that vaccination sites will be operating under Alert Level 4 conditions. Vaccination is one of the strongest defences we have against COVID-19, so visit https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ for details of how to book in.

The Community Networks Facebook page will reflect any changes to our services as they happen. Kia kaha everyone!

Support to keep you warm and well this winter

Wānaka winters can be tough for anyone, but there is practical support available to help you keep warm and well. If you’re in need of a little extra help, pop in and see Community Networks at the Wānaka Community Hub. 

Our friendly front desk team can set you up with vouchers, kindly donated by Wastebusters to buy warm clothing and bedding from the Wānaka reuse shop.  

They can also connect you to further support, like financial advisers, Community Networks social worker Heather Clay, or Salvation Army case worker Hannelie Potgieter. Heather can help you consider the bigger picture and find the best way forward, which may include supporting you with an application for the Community Networks Community Support Fund

This fund is there to help individuals and families in the Upper Clutha with the costs of counselling; school uniform or stationery; household costs such as power and medical bills; and one-off costs like fuel and firewood. You can find more information about this on our website, along with other useful resources including a list of counsellors in the Upper Clutha

Hannelie Potgieter is in Wānaka for appointments every Thursday between 11:00am and 3:00pm, and can offer assistance with clothing, linen and furnishings as well as facilitating the Salvation Army’s Positive Lifestyle Programme, which helps participants to deal with depression, anger, grief and stress. 

As always, the Community Networks Foodbank is here if you’re struggling to put food on the table. We’ve been making some changes to the food parcel system over the last few weeks, and there’ll be an update on that coming in our next blog.

Finally, don’t forget that if you’re feeling anxious, down or just a bit overwhelmed, trained counsellors are available for you to talk to free of charge, 24 hours a day, when you call or text 1737

Community Networks and LINK, your one-stop community support and connection centre. 

A midwinter update from the Foodbank

Wanaka winters can be tough for anyone, but there is practical support available to help you keep warm and well. 

The Community Networks Foodbank is here if you’re struggling to put food on the table. We’ve been making some changes to our food parcel system over the last few weeks to help us make it more efficient.

While we know that clients appreciate the flexibility of the New World vouchers we have been providing, we’re finding that grants and donations can no longer cover the cost of them. Therefore, we’re no longer supplying New World vouchers to clients and will instead focus on ensuring the Foodbank is well-stocked with fresh items such as fruit and veg, and meat and dairy products. We’re also training up a team of volunteers to help clients choose and pack their parcels within certain time windows, and we’re looking into the possibility of an online click and collect service.

As of Monday, July 26, the Foodbank is open at the following times only: 

  • Monday: 1pm-4pm
  • Wednesday: 11am-2pm
  • Friday: 9am-12pm.

The front desk team will always be on-hand to provide advice and connect you to support, Monday to Friday, 9:00-5:00pm.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s New World Family2Family Foodbank Appeal. We were delighted with the numbers of donations we received – we had bags from New World Wanaka and New World Three Parks rolling in by the van load and filling our shelves, ready to give back to the community this winter. In total, we received 550 food bags, which will go such a long way to helping families struggling to make ends meet.

If you’d like to give something back this winter, Ramada Resort Wanaka are collecting clean blankets and good coats to donate to the community this weekend. These will then be donated to Community Networks to distribute to people in need. Please drop your donations to the Ramada before August 1. 

Finally, don’t forget that if you’re feeling anxious, down or just a bit overwhelmed, trained counsellors are available for you to talk to free of charge, 24 hours a day, when you call or text 1737

Community Networks and LINK, your one-stop community support and connection centre. 

Food support for those in need

Community Networks and LINK are the Upper Clutha’s one-stop community support and connection centre. This month, we’re highlighting the food support services available in the local area. 

In our last blog, we focused on Community Networks food parcels, which are there to help when you’re struggling to make ends meet.

Food for Love is a registered charity whose 80+ volunteers have been caring for members of our community in Wānaka, Hāwea, Luggate and Queensbury since 2016 by cooking and delivering meals to those in need.  

Food for Love supplies around 125 free-of-charge meals per week to over 30 nominees, as well as offering school lunches. These nominees can be individuals, couples or families who may be tackling a range of difficulties, including mental or physical illness, family separation, injury, poverty and domestic harm. 

Anyone can be nominated for help via their website and each nomination is treated with privacy and respect. Executive Officer Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson will contact nominees to confirm any dietary requirements and the frequency of need. 

“We have had very positive feedback from the people we have helped and their families over the years and it is rewarding to hear back from our recipients, especially when they are back on their feet,” says Food for Love’s Suzanne Jackson. 

The Salvation Army offers material welfare through their Wānaka Family Store to those who find themselves in hardship, as well as having a financial mentor and social support worker to support vulnerable community members. Community Networks can refer you, or you can get in touch with Hannelie Potgieter on 021 225 9590.

Finally, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the New World Family2Family Foodbank Appeal over the last few weeks. Your contributions have been rolling into Community Networks by the vanload, and every item will go back into our community this winter. The appeal has been extended until July 4th at New World Three Parks, where you could be in to win one of two $250 NW Gift cards if you donate!

For more information, call 443 7799, stop in to see us at the Community Hub at 34 McDougall Street or visit communitynetworks.co.nz.