Our five guiding principles:
1. Shared local visions or goals drive action and change
2. Use existing strengths and assets
3. Many people and groups working together
4. Building diverse and collaborative local leadership
5. Adaptable planning and action informed by outcomes
Where we are up to
Over the last three and a half years we have been asking the Northern Upper Hutt community what they believe would enhance their community while gathering community together for social events and community dinners, and meeting with community leaders. Last year we initiated four community meetings spread throughout the seven suburbs of Northern Upper Hutt to gather more local feedback, in the process we also received some beautifully illustrated ideas from the children of Birchville School and one hundred and thirteen responses from the students of Heretaunga College.
We will soon meet again with the community to develop a Community Plan that we will use as our guide as we develop this project and to submit to the council and other funding organisations to seek their support.
In response to the feedback we have gathered from the community we have already initiated two programs;
After school care
Our first project started after we approached the principal of Maoribank school and asked how we could support them. We were actually a little surprised what she said. She shared about the need to provide a positive after school care programme.
So in term one of 2017 we gathered some volunteers including four students from year 10 at Heretaunga College and started providing a varied program of food, games, crafts and inspirational learning opportunities on two afternoons per week.
How much we have all enjoyed, grown and learned from this project, the children and volunteers.
When we attract sufficient volunteers We would love to increase this valuable service to every week afternoon and even in the holidays, off you are interested to be involved please let us know.
Our second project came from hearing several young mums tell us they were often lonely, bored and felt unsupported during the long week days with their new babies.
So we approached the Rimutaka Baptist Church to use their venue and on Thursday mornings a growing group of young parents gather for fun times with their babies but also times of relationship building with other new parents.
Numbers are getting to the point where we may soon start a second group.
If you are interested in participating in either of these programs in any way we would love to hear from you. The more volunteers we have the more support we can provide.