Monday 28th July 2014 – Sunday 3rd August 2014
VOLUNTEERING IN MT EDEN SERCO PRISON
The Vinnies staff have been working closely with Bernadette Pereira the Community Liaison for Serco Prison help out with programmes for inmates of Serco Prison. The hope is to assist with Sunday church services, as well as deliver programmes that support the rehabilitation of those in prison during the week.
Purpose of the Prison Programme: This volunteer team is dedicated to building genuine relationships with these brothers inside. In a really practical way we seek to provide positive socialisation and care through the provision of programmes in the areas of Art & Crafts / Music / Youth development programmes / Mentoring / Therapy / Sport / etc. Our mission is not to impose our ideologies and theology on these brothers but to genuinely seek connection with them and God through them .
Our Prison Work: We have 2 Prison Volunteer Groups. The first one is dedicated to coordinating the church services on 4th Sunday of every month for the residents of Serco Prison.The second group is for Prison Weekday programmes based on Wellness/Sport/Education/ Therapy/Art etc. This group volunteers during the week on a roster Mon-Fri between 10-4pm.
Would you like to volunteer? Email Delphina at Del@stvinnies.co.nz
JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION PRESENTS
LIVING OUR CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING.
A pre-Social Justice Week Seminar with Fr Neil Darragh, Nick Borthwick (Caritas), Lyn Smith, Srs Anne Hurley and Margaret Martin rsm and Fr Gerry Burns.
WHERE : St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby.
WHEN : Sunday 10 Aug, 1-5pm. All are welcome.
CLICK HERE > Catholic Social Teaching Poster
POVERTY IN OUR BACKYARDS
Rosmini College – Theme : Poverty
Students of Rosmini met with the Vinnies team today to unpack Food Insecurity. The students listened intently to Sara Wadee a Vinnies volunteer who attends the University of Auckland as she shared her story of poverty and faith whilst living in Iraq. The hardship her family faced as they fought to sustain their livelihoods and the people who intervened and made a difference. Peter Irving another Vinnies volunteer also shared of his upbringing in New Zealand and how poverty affected his family and how hard it was to break out of the cycle.
These stories of hope moved the students. Over the next few weeks these young men will be embarking on a journey to further unpack their theme and undertake service projects to alleviate poverty.
EVENT: ELECTION FORUM ON NEW ZEALAND’S JUSTICE SYSTEM
Leading up to this year’s election, many want to hear from parties as to what their plans are for New Zealand’s justice system. If you’re Auckland-based, JustSpeak are hosting a forum next Thursday for the 2014 Candidates . There is great line-up, including: Chester Borrows (Associate Justice Minister, National), Andrew Little (Spokesperson for Justice, Labour), David Clendon (Spokesperson for Justice, Green Party), Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZ First), David Seymour (ACT), Rangi McClean (Māori Party), Gil Ho (Internet Party), and John Minto (MANA).
St Paul’s College- Theme : Vulnerability
One step to achieving our goals is finding out what we need to get there. The St Paul’s Vinnies are focussing on the theme of ‘Vulnerability’ this term. There hope is to understand what makes people ‘vulnerable’ and how to best support them. Today’s session was about understanding ‘our own’ vulnerabilities. These Vinnies reflected on their goals at school and what they needed in order to achieve these goals. Some examples of what they shared they needed was food and shelter, a sense of belonging, good family and friends, a healthy body amongst others.
These young men learnt that their needs are exactly the same as those who are ‘vulnerable’ in our Society and when these basic needs are not met one becomes ‘vulnerable’.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES.
De La Salle College – Theme : “Homelessness”
True service recognises the dignity of others and builds genuine relationship” The students of De La Salle are working on theme of Homelessness this term. The will attend several workshops to learn more about ‘homelessness ‘as they will be sent out to volunteer at different emergency housing residences.
On Tuesday and Thursday evening around eight students of De La Salle College made their first visit to a local emergency housing centre in Auckland. These young men worked hard peeling potatoes , serving hot meals as well as washing up after the residents. The highlight for these young leaders was actually sitting to down to a meal and sharing stories with the residents. For every single one of these men, it made a difference and completely changed their perception of people who are homeless. They agreed that the stereotypical view of homeless person that is held by the general public only accounts for up to five percent of those who are homeless.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO REACH OUR FULL POTENTIAL?
Carmel College – Theme : Poverty
The greatest gift we can give to those we serve is our ears and our time”. It was great to connect in with the Carmel College Vinnies. Today they met to start working on their theme for the term. They discussed Homelessness in New Zealand and heard firsthand the story of a man who lived on the streets for 28 years. His life as a child and what got him through. It was an eye opener for the students. The discussion points of the conversation that followed was around how the absence of basic needs such as food, shelter and safety can not only hinder a person’s journey towards reaching their full potential but can have life changing consequences. The Carmel students have many plans in tow to respond to those who live below the poverty line.
St Patrick’s Cathedral Food and Clothing Drives
The Society of St Vincent de Paul are thankful to all those who continue to support families in the form of food and clothing. On Sunday morning we picked up seven large bins of clothing from St Patrick’s Cathedral. The lovely Sandra and Laura Green from The Square Gift Shop @ St Patrick’s Cathedral Square also loaded up around 50 brand new winter coats to be given to families over the winter season. We are very grateful for the generosity of the leaders, staff and parishioners and thank you on behalf of the families who will receive these goods.
Check out The Square Gift Shop