The Hibiscus Coast Community House logo says “for the community, with the community“. With this in mind we are always looking for new ways that we can support local groups, families and individuals. Below are some of our 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. Stanmore Bay and Whangaparaoa schools have now stopped the programme but Gulf Harbour is still going well.
On the menu are Weetbix, Cornflakes, Ricies, Milo, toast with margarine, jam, honey or Marmite. 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. 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.
Ring Steps Forward on 424 4584 to make an appointment or find out more
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.
Support for Families through Local Schools
We have recently started a new initiative to help parents with the cost of their children’s education. As we all know uniforms, stationery, trips, camps, school fees and other extra expenses can mount up, especially if there is more than one child in the family. This often means stress for parents or caregivers and sometimes means that the child misses out. We do not work directly with families so came up with a new idea to try and help through the school. We have already built a relationship with Stanmore Bay Primary School and Gulf Harbour Primary School so selected them as our first recipients. Both principals were keen to participate and agreed to deliver the assistance on our behalf. Consequently we donated a day’s takings from our Community Shop to each school. Earlier in the year we also received a very generous donation from a supporter who wished us to assist vulnerable children so added some extra funds from this. It gave us great pleasure to present over $750 to each school and we hope that several families will be able to receive support in the months ahead. Next year we will look at offering the same opportunity to other schools in our area. This initiative complements our Community Donation Scheme and is only possible through the support we receive ourselves, hence our motto:
Help Us Help Our Community