Kapi-Mana News : June 18th 2013
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 18, 2013 NEWS CLOSING DOWN SALE ALL STOCK MUST GO FINAL DAYS INCLUDES NEW STOCK -- JUST ARRIVED Verge -- Macjays -- Meredith -- Kiwi Stuff -- Seduce WOMEN'S FASHION Ph: 04 238 9996 NORTH CITY SHOPPING CENTRE PORIRUA 5436728AA WWW.CYF.GOVT.NZ Want to make a real difference to some of New Zealand's most vulnerable young people? Child Youth and Family are seeking amazing people - individuals, couples, families with grown up children, supportive flatmates, to open their homes to young people who need to live in a safe, caring environment and re-connect with their communities. These young people have sadly experienced difficulties through their childhood, and are unable, for many reasons to live with their own families. These young people can be fun, stimulating and rewarding to be with; however, because of the impact of their past experiences, their behaviours can also sometimes be extremely challenging to those close to them. These young people need caregivers who: • Will stay calm through the difficult times • Are resilient, compassionate and have a lot of common sense • Are energetic, committed and resourceful • Are able to work as part of a team providing intensive support for them and the young person • Are willing to receive on-going specialised training, supervision and support • Have supportive family and social networks. If you think you are able to make a real difference to these young people's lives we would love to hear from you. We will be holding a free information afternoon about becoming a caregiver for these young people on 29th June 2013, at 1.30pm at the Community Centre, St Johns (cnr of Willis and Dixon street) in Wellington. To register please contact Jenifer Wilson on: 04 894 5329 or 0508 326 459 (FAMILY). Light refreshments will be provided. Applications close 5pm Monday, 8 July 2013. Foster Carers Wellington WWW.KAPIMANANEWS.CO.NZ The best thing you get for FREE! FOR 63 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN YOUR.. No.1 5443173AA Volunteers reaping many rewards National Volunteer Week kicked off on Sunday with the theme ''He tangata, he tangata, he tangata'' (People, people, people). Andrea O'Neil talked to volunteers in Porirua and Tawa about their people-focused roles. Police presence: Tawa's Community Police Base volunteers are many residents' first port of call when problems arise. From left are Jackie Cooper, Jim Higgins, Joy Chaplin and Terry Poynter. Win-win: Volunteer budget adviser Paul Edward says his skills benefit clients and their knowledge benefits him, alongside the training and experience he gets in the role. It's much more than tea and sympathy -- Tawa's Community Police Base volunteers can solve your problems too. Twenty volunteers run the advice service on weekdays at Tawa Community Centre, giving Tawa its only permanent police presence. People come with problems ranging from neighbour disputes to vandalism, domestic violence or just personal issues, says head vol- unteer Jim Higgins. They open their hearts to us. You give them a cup of tea -- which they would never get at a regular police station,'' he says. People come to see us when they have got problems they don't want to discuss with their family and their friends.'' Crimes are immediately referred to police, but volunteers can assist with many problems in-house. We double as a citizens' advice bureau as well,'' Mr Higgins says. Several volunteers are JPs, adding another useful service for the community. The base has been first on the scene of several serious crimes since its inception in the early 1990s, including a bank robbery and a bomb scare. Volunteers can be mobilised by police when crimes unfold in the suburb. Volunteers form a family, moving heaven and earth to ensure the base is staffed from 10am till 4pm each weekday, Mr Higgins says. He is seeking 10 more volunteers to keep rosters running smoothly. Cashing in on experience For budget adviser Paul Edward, volunteering is all about give and take. The accounting student is able to lend his skills to people needing financial help, but has gained plenty of knowledge and experience himself. Mr Edward's role at Porirua Budget Service means meeting people from all walks of life, who have plenty to teach him about coping with tough situations. He has also received leadership training from Volunteer Porirua and has sat on the Porirua Budget Service board, a valuable corporate experience. It's a good opportunity,'' he says. Mr Edwards began as a budget adviser two years ago to fulfil a personal sense of duty to the community, he says. I've always believed what you get is what you give,'' he says. Personal enrichment is key to volunteering, says Robert Antonio, manager at Porirua Budget Service. I think there's a great element of self- development. Paul used to be quite shy but he's great with clients now.'' Volunteering opportunities are available to suit all types of people, all schedules, all abilities and all interests, says Lynne Harding, manager at Volunteer Porirua. It meets individuals' needs, it meets the organisation's needs, it meets the community's needs -- it's just win, win, win three ways,'' she says. To find volunteering opportunities, call Volunteer Porirua at 237 5355 or check vacan- cies at www.volunteerwellington.org.nz. Tawa Community Police Base can be contac- ted at 232 3160, and Porirua Budget Service at 237 4267.
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