Community Networks Wanaka is a resource hub for social wellbeing services and community development. Not for profit & unique to Wanaka!
Community Networks is Wanaka's unique one-stop centre offering social services, information and advice throughout the Upper Clutha area. Operated by the Alpine Community Development Trust, Community Networks supports the whole community and is run by a small staff and many volunteers. Whether you are from New Zealand or overseas we can provide information on and are a satellite base for a whole range of Social Services. Part of the services we offer are: Heartland Services, JP clinics, community social worker, foodbank, budgeting advice, counselling referrals, Wheels to Dunstan courtesy coach and free access to Government websites. Regular visits from IRD, Community Law, Senior Services, Volunteering Central, Wanaka Timebank.
The Community Foodbank:
- This can be accessed by referral and self-referral at any time during pur operating hours
Arrange appointments with:
- Wheels to Dunstan Bus (transfers to Dunstan & Dunedin Hospitals)
- IRD (visit monthly)
- Community Law (visit monthly)
- Justices of the Peace (visit twice weekly)
- Social workers for all ages and issues
- The Companionship Service for Older People
- IT Training for Older People
- Volunteering Central - for opportunities to volunteer in your local community
- Budget Advice and Financial Capability Mentors
- Subsidised GP vouchers
- Total Mobility Scheme (subsidised local transport)
- Local counselling and mental health services, including subsidised counselling
- Work and Income
- Legal Aid
- Support groups
- Health professionals
A message from Community Networks Wanaka:
Thank you to everyone who supports the Food Bank in Wanaka. It is a crucial service and has been particularly important this year, due to the severe impact Covid-19 is having on our community. About 80 families were referred for a food parcel in October this year, compared to an average of 23 per month last year.
This is one of the reasons Community Networks Wanaka has reviewed the way it gathers food for the Food Bank. Most donations of food are made during the lead up to Christmas, but there is a need for food parcels year-round. Therefore, the annual Food Bank Drive will not be held in December and Community Networks will instead focus on gathering food throughout the year.
Community Networks is asking those who are able to give cash donations to the Food Bank. They enable it to be restocked when essential items run low, and they contribute to the supermarket vouchers which are given to families to buy fresh food, along with a box of non-perishable items from the Food Bank.
Until mid-December, cash donations can be added to your grocery bill at New World Three Parks. They can also be made via Community Networks’ Givealittle page, or by contacting Community Networks manager Kate Murray on 03 443 7799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.