Wellington City Mission
Mission for Families
Social work support for whanau through advocacy, education and guidance, empowering them to manage their own circumstances.
How The Mission helps families
The whanau we work with in Mission for Families (MFF) are usually sole parents, with tamariki aged from 0–16 years old. Their primary source of income is usually in the form of a benefit from Work and Income NZ, although we are seeing an emerging group of employed people who are also finding it difficult to manage financially. Circumstances vary hugely, but many of the whanau we work with are struggling to meet their basic needs including affordable and appropriate accommodation. They may have experienced domestic violence or trauma, and have limited resilience or local family support.
Our qualified team of social workers take a whanau-centred, strength-based approach to
supporting whanau and tamariki. The programme empowers whanau with skills to address domestic violence, grow parenting behaviour that meets the needs of tamariki, facilitates access to resources, and supports and builds whanau resilience. Whanau can be referred from a variety of sources including other health, educational or social agencies, along with self-referral.
What happens at Mission for Families
Whanau are allocated a social worker and, after an initial assessment process, a whanau-
centred support plan is agreed and understood. In the short term we may be addressing
immediate safety concerns and facilitating access to resources including the basic needs of food, health and sustainable accommodation. In order to support long term goal achievement, other Mission services such as financial mentoring or food parcels may be utilised. The Mission has developed strong working relationships with other agencies and we advocate for whanau in situations they may find difficult, for example in working with government agencies and other organisations. We also collaborate with several external social agencies and networks, such as the Strengthening Families process.
Building whanau knowledge and skills so they are empowered to achieve their goals means our support is no longer required. However, we will remain there for whanau should they ever need our support again in the future.
Community Services Advocate
The Community Services Advocate act as navigators and facilitate access to much neededcresources and support for single people.
Our contact details
19 Gordon Place
PO Box 7477
Phone: 04 245 0900
Who to contact
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