All our services are confidential and easily accessed.
Whangamata Community Services Trust accept self-referrals, referrals from Medical Centres in Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata and other service agencies.
Free counselling is offered to individuals and groups
Our counsellor works with children, young people, adults and groups.
Counselling focusses on supporting people, partners, family members, colleagues, friends and/or anyone who needs therapeutic help.
I work with issues including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Suicide intervention, Grief, End of life grief, Low self-esteem, Bullying, Relational issues and Sleep issues
“We offer a Financial Mentoring Service (Budgeting) to enable couples or individuals to become financially independent and have the ability to create a stress free financial environment through advocating, learning, guidance and understanding. There is no quick fix when it comes to finances, and our team of Budget Advisors/Financial Mentors can help guide you on this journey. “
We coordinate the local community food bank. It is run entirely from donations and every little bit helps and is much appreciated. If you or someone you know, is finding it difficult to make ends meet or trouble putting food on the table we, we can help. This service is free and completely confidential. Simply contact the office and we can have a chat. Conditions apply *
-WHANAU SUPPORT & WELLBEING – CRISIS INTERVENTION
We provide a range of services and supports aimed at restoring family wellbeing.
The WCST is regularly tasked to intervene when whanau safety is of concern, especially when whanau circumstances have devolved to the stage where violence ensues. We work alongside whanau towards restoring safety
The Strengthening Families process is a way for families to get coordinated access to multiple services. It is run in a way that meets the unique needs of families/ whanau. Strengthening Families builds on the strengths and hopes of families with the help of external support agencies.
SUPPORT FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN, KIN AND NON-KIN CAREGIVERS
The WCST provide support for Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Whanau and agency caregivers who are caring for tamariki. We provide everything from financial mentoring, advocacy, parenting skills programmes, counselling and social work and all of these services are FREE.
WCST has an Occupational Therapist who works with children and adolescence to support their mental health and well-being. Referrals can be made by self-referral, school or through the GP. The focus of youth work is to enable young people to engage in meaningful, healthy activities (occupations) that promote good mental health and well-being.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
As well as specialised individual grief counselling WCST offer a grief support group “Shifting Sands” a number of times each year.
Shifting Sands has been created with the recognition that support groups for bereaved people are an effective way to assist the healing process through grief and loss to self-compassion and a re-engagement with life-giving ideas.
Shifting Sands aims to provide a safe place for the ‘work’ of mourning to take place. It facilitates a non-judgemental environment in which members are encouraged to reconcile their losses and go on to find meaningful life within their experience of continued living by learning new ways of approaching problems that arise in relation to grief and loss.
The group environment allows members to explore their many thoughts and feelings about grief and loss through a myriad of weekly tasks that are offered with comfort, understanding and gentleness.
Our wonderful team of volunteers provide transport to DHB medical appointments in Thames, Hamilton and Tauranga, by donation for Community Services Card holders.
- Room Hire
- Van Hire
- IRD - by appointment