This month, our communications/marketing focus is on the practical support available to help keep people warm and well this winter.
Community Networks can now offer vouchers kindly donated by Wastebusters to help people buy warm clothing and bedding from the Wānaka reuse shop. We can also connect them to further support, like financial advisers, Community Networks social worker Heather Clay, or the Salvation Army.
Heather can help consider the bigger picture and find the best way forward, which may include supporting an application for the Community Networks Community Support Fund. This fund helps individuals and families in the Upper Clutha with the costs of counselling; school uniform or stationery; household expenses such as power and medical bills; and one-off costs like fuel and firewood. More information about this fund is on our website, along with other useful resources including a list of counsellors in the Upper Clutha.
Salvation Army case worker Hannelie Potgieter is in Wānaka for appointments every Thursday between 11:00am and 3:00pm, and can offer assistance with clothing, linen and furnishings as well as facilitating the Positive Lifestyle Programme, which helps participants deal with depression, anger, grief and stress.