The Hibiscus Coast Community House motto is “for the community, with the community“. With this in mind we have been looking for new ways that we can support local groups, families and individuals. During 2014 we began several new projects that we hope will make a difference in our community. We have been able to fund these from the support we receive ourselves. This embodies our motto. The community is helping us to help the community.
Breakfast in Schools
During 2015 we ran a Breakfast in Schools programme at Whangaparaoa, Stanmore Bay and Gulf Harbour primary schools. This had been possible thanks to the support of the schools, local businesses such as The Warehouse Whangaparaoa and Countdown Whangaparaoa, a generous donation from Whangaparaoa Lions and some individual anonymous donations. We equipped the schools using donated goods from our Community Shop and purchased new items where necessary. Volunteers from the Community House and the schools served up breakfast to any child who was feeling hungry for whatever reason. Gulf Harbour and Whangaparaoa have now stopped the programme but Stanmore Bay is still going well.
On the menu are Weetbix, Cornflakes, Ricies, Milo, toast with margarine, jam, peanut butter, honey or Marmite. Sometimes there is also a piece of fruit to take away. Children with full tummies tend to be happier, learn more readily and behave more cooperatively.
In another partnership, this time with Steps Forward (formerly Hibiscus Coast Family Services), we are pleased to be able to offer budget advice from our main site. This ties in well with our Foodbank service and our support for families and individuals who are finding it hard to make ends meet.
Shirley is available to give advice and help people balance their budgets. They will take drop-in queries but it is a better idea to make an appointment.
Ring Steps Forward on 424 4584 to find out when the next session is planned.
The Safe House which provided temporary, emergency accommodation to people through various agencies in the area has had to be closed. Shiloh Trust was managing the house and the rent was paid by the Community House. Unfortunately Auckland Transport which owned the house has other plans for it now.
It is to be hoped that in the future we can find another way of providing this vital service to our community as the need for such a facility is well proven.
We are currently in discussions and will inform everyone if this project is successful.
Support for Local Not-For Profit Groups & Organisations
Many local groups that do a wonderful job in the community find it hard to get all the funding they need for equipment, events, people and whatever else it takes to deliver their service. We have been there ourselves in the past! Applying for funding is a time-consuming and often disappointing exercise.
To support these groups we are now offering the chance to become the recipient of a day’s takings from our Community Shop. On the second Tuesday of each month we will be donating the takings for that day to a local not-for-profit group or organisation for a pre-approved purpose.
Each month we will advertise who the recipient will be and will help to spread the word about their work. You can help by dropping in to buy something on that day.
Help Us Help Our Community