Read:  “Supporting vulnerable older people in the community: Positioning Wesley Community Action to meet emerging challenges through setting and achieving best practice”.

This report, sponsored by the Lottery Grants Commission and written by David Pickens, identifies the emerging challenges that older people face to remain independent in the community, and sets high benchmarks for best practice, now and in the future.  The changing demographics of our population and the increasing complexities of managing to live independently, create a number of challenges for older people and the professionals who support them.  The recommendations challenge us all to work together to ensure elders in our communities maintain meaningful and dignified lives in the community, engaging with older people in a way that brings out the best in all.


We welcome your feedback to this report and trust it promotes social thinking and action to better support older people.

To read the report click here


Dr Barry Duncan – the co-developer of PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System) will be in NZ for 10 days in February. Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Social Developments Capability Investment Resource funding stream, Dr Duncan will be running a 5 day Train the Trainers workshop in Auckland and a 2 day Supervision workshop in Wellington. In addition Barry will be meeting with some key people in Health, MSD and Treasury to discuss the significant impact of PCOMS on client outcomes.


If you want to know more about this please contact Robyn Pope

In late 2014, Wesley’s Cannons Creek Community team tested a Fruit and Vegetable co-operative aimed at providing cheap, healthy food to the residents of Eastern Porirua where 29% of participating households had annual  income of  less than $20,000.

The co-operative was an immediate success. After an initial weekly order of 40 vegetable parcels, demand quickly grew and peaked at just over 200 parcels per week (each parcels consists of an average of 9kg of vegetables and fruit at a cost to participants of $10 per parcel.)

For many years we have provided emergency food parcels through our Cannons Creek community centre, and even in relatively ‘good’ economic times we were surprised to see demand constantly increasing.

December 1st, 2015 by

Community social worker Ken McDonnell wants smoke alarms at the top of your Christmas wish list.

Ken is part of Wesley Community Action’s Older Persons Team.

Wesley’s WATCH initiative operates out of Porirua District Court to provide intensive support to prevent young offenders going to prison. Previously under threat of closure due to funding cuts,  a recent reprieve from funders and the introduction of new client led monitoring systems, has revitalised WATCH and achieved some great results.


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