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Budgeting | Sustaining Tenancies | Strengthening Families

Accessing the right support, knowledge and tools at the right time helps people in hardship to get on the right path and keep moving forward. We see positive results when people feel empowered to make long-term sustainable change.

Contact our Social Services Team to start the journey for you or someone you know.

Building Financial Capabilities

We connect with people experiencing financial hardship. This is offered at no cost to the client.

We provide more than just budgeting advice. We have a team of financial mentors that provide a one-on-one service focusing on empowering people to get control of their money. We work alongside a person, their family and whānau, building trust and taking into account the complexity of their needs.

Our financial mentors have a non-judgemental approach and sound financial knowledge. We support people to make connections with local networks and social services to ensure they get the right support at the right time (these can include Work and Income, support services for mental health, addictions, housing, etc.)

More information about the Building Financial Capability programme can be found here.

Strengthening Families Wairarapa

Strengthening Families is a whanau-led, structured, collaborative process.  At the heart of the process is a whanau with strengths but one that is also having trouble coping with life’s challenges and requires help from multiple agencies. Strengthening Families processes are led by the whanau, and brings together all the agencies that have a part to play in helping that whanau achieve its desired outcomes with an experienced facilitator. The health, education and social outcomes for children, young people and their whanau are improved through the Strengthening Families process. They feel stronger, more connected to and supported by their community.

Te Wharau Manaaki has been developed by Wairarapa Strengthening Families and aims to offer a greater level of support to professionals engaged with these families. The model provides for a professional’s panel who can provide a consult process to whanau in the strengthening families process, where there are barriers to meeting needs. Te Wharau Manaaki – the panel has representatives from MOE Education, Police, Work & Income, MVCOT, CAMHS, Health & Disability, School Principal Assn and both Iwi.

To find out more or to make a referral, Esmae Laird, Strengthening Families Coordinator, P: 06 378 8900, M: 027 344 4003

For more information: www.strengtheningfamilies.govt.nz