Community Centre Service | Challenge Trust – Working Together Towards Recovery

By: Challenge Trust  05-Apr-2012

Our commitment to our clients is foremost

The Whariki Whaiora Family and Community Centre (or simply, Whariki) is a community-based service managed by people with lived experience of mental illness. The Centre provides ongoing advocacy, peer support, information, life skills, activity and education programmes to family/whanau, the local community and to people with mental illness who are living within the community.

Whariki is located at 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe, close to public transport and shopping centres. Whariki is a lovely villa with three training rooms, a communal lounge, ample parking space, a raised verandah, kitchen facilities and a lovely garden.

Whariki creates a warm, inviting, safe and supportive environment that allows people to choose their own path to recovery and fulfillment in life. The centre provides a comfortable atmosphere in which all people can access information and learn new skills that assist in their personal recovery and development.

Over the years, Whariki has become a popular gathering place for hundreds of individuals and their family members who reside in the area. It is a free service provided by Challenge Trust, which provides the following:

  • Resource centre and library
  • Consumer feedback monthly meetings
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group twice weekly
  • GROW meetings (a group running twice weekly to discuss issues that affect their lives)
  • Whanau/family Services
  • Information resource centre supplying information about the range of mental health and addictions services in the region
  • Venue and rooms for booking during day times and evenings
  • Support and Advocacy service with links to WINZ, CATT team, ACC, Community Support Services
  • A drop in service during working hours

In addition to these valuable services, the Whariki Centre also provides free day programmes on the following:

  • Music classes
  • Art and Crafts
  • Pottery
  • Mosaics
  • Self Esteem
  • Art Therapy
  • Basic Cooking
  • Maori Workshop
  • Tai Chi
  • Literacy and Numeracy Training
  • Work readiness programmes
  • Volunteering
  • Understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Women’s Group
  • Relaxation Classes
  • Men’s Group Outing
  • Men’s Peer Support Group
  • Healthy Lifestyle Information
  • GROW (A 12-Step Programme)
  • WRAP Training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

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