Enabling people to flourish again in families and communities – Wellington Catholic social services annual report 2017
Posted 11 December 2017
The annual report of Catholic social services of the Archdiocese of Wellington details many of the ways in which the social service agency has worked to enable people facing challenges to again flourish in their families and communities.
The full 2017 Annual Report is available to download.
During the 2016-2017 financial year, Wellington Catholic social services’ team of counsellors and social workers have worked with many individuals and families who have been struggling with the challenges of daily life, to build resilience and flourish within their communities.
Hospital chaplains have provided support to patients and their families when they have been vulnerable, and prison chaplains at Arohata and Rimutaka prisons have provided spiritual and emotional support as a well as a “listening ear”.
Our healthcare coordinator has provided support to the clergy of the Archdiocese, while our community organiser has led the Archdiocese response to the Kaikōura/Marlborough earthquake.
Catholic social services (CSS) has worked alongisde the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, the Red Cross and numerous parish and community groups to set-up homes for former refugees arriving in Wellington, including the collection of household and pantry items.
CSS staff have supported the Wellington Archdiocesan Commission for Justice, Peace and Development in speaking out on issues of justice, including submissions to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, and to local Councils considering changes to Easter trading hours.
During the past year, Wellington Catholic social services have reflected on how the organisation could be more in solidarity with the poor and homeless of Wellington. The Sisters of Compassion invited CSS to join them in their building in Tory St, and after a careful discernment process, CSS moved to a new home above the Soup Kitchen in Tory St.
Director Lesley Hooper thanks all those who have contributed to the work of Wellington Catholic social services, including the many people in parish communities who have tirelessly given up time to set up homes or collect household items, as well as all CSS funders and donors.