LEADERS OF THE NOW
As the school term continues, the oncoming exams, applications for awards and other comittments have called these young men to step back and reflect. The reflection in question is of their own values, which were written down at the beginning of this year. This brought about the realisation that all is possible both in and outside the classroom if they hold strong to their own values. Gaining this insight has allowed the young men of Sacred Heart College to develop a deeper sense of grounding, and so with renewed vigor they look forward to facing all that may come their way.
FUN DAY FOR CHILDREN
Vinnies from Marist College and St Peter’s College came together to host a Children’s Funday. Fostercare Caregivers from around Auckland brought the children over and its was a delightful day of onsies, facepainting, jump jam, sports and amazing treats. Many of the caregivers who attended with the children were grateful to the hosts as they took the children off their hands for a couple of hours. It was a fulfilling day for both the hosts and those who came along.
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? – SELF CARE AND LEADERSHIP
At a recent Auckland Vinnies Secondary Schools Council Meeting, the Vinnies Youth Executives met to reflect on their work and also discuss the challenges of the current day to day realities as student leaders. The students found this beneficial as it provided an opportunity to share their journeys and also allow time for them to work together to find ways to support each other. The team then facilitated different processes to teach them tools of self care and ways to prioritize and prevent overload and stress.
CONNECTING WITH THE STORIES OF THOSE IN PRISON
During a school visit to St Dominic’s College, the students continued to connect and delve into the realities of those incarcerated in prison. These young women reflected on the fact that there are many youth in prison who have intellectual disabilities and CYF’s records, and that these figures impact on recidivism outcomes.
FOODWISE PROGRAM AT MONTE CECELIA EMERGENCY HOUSING
Many months ago, the Vinnies team began their cooking classes at Monte Cecelia Emergency Housing Trust. At a recent cooking class, the youth team was fortunate to work alongside 13 new students. The parents thoroughly enjoyed learning how to cook and bake low cost nutritious meals.
Did you know that NZ has the second highest rate of incarceration in the world next to the United States?
89 % of prisoners had suffered from substance abuse sometime in their lives;
60 % of prisoners had a personality disorder;
54 % of women had experienced head injury, and 64 per cent for men;
52 % experienced anxiety and psychotic mood disorders
At this gathering they reflected on the some of experiences of those who are incarcerated and touched on some of the statistics of Prisons in New Zealand. The feedback was overwhelming and this group are really enthusiastic to put their faith, and expertise into action.
CHILD POVERTY FORUM – JUSTICE AND PEACE
Recenly members from the Justice and Peace Commission and members of the local community gathered for a forum on issues and solutions that concern family and child poverty. There was interesting presentations from the panel. The MC for the evening was Mihinarangi ForbesSpeakers: Sr Anne Hurley (Housing); Dr Shanthi Ameratunga (Health); Shane Coleman (Education); John Ryall and Kim Campbell (Living Wage)
THE NOTION OF INCLUSION
In preparation for their service to the community, the students of Baradene College have been educating themselves on the those who are included or marginalised within society. The visit brought forth reflection on a personal level, calling upon the young women to raise their own awareness in order to better understand the needs of those around them.
CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY
Over the past few months, students from St Mary’s, St Peter’s and Marist College have been visiting the Kingsland Vinnies Centre weekly. Key activities has been sorting clothing for the opshop, packing food into the foodbanks for families, and organising resources for school input sessions.
AN EXPERIENCE OF HOMELESSNESS
De La Salle College students hosted a retreat to learn about, experience and pray for those who do not have a place to call home. As part of this retreat they braved the elements outside on cardboard under tarpaulins. Throughout the night it grew colder and colder as the rain continued to pour. Many reflections were shared throughout the retreat about how this experience really challenged their understanding and also grew their compassion and empathy.
The Kingsland SVdP farewell Tulua, as she moves onward for the Marist Sisters Novitiate in Australia. Tulua has been pivotal in bringing out the best in the team on a daily basis; always seeking to bring a smile to those around her. For the last three years Tulua has been a stark example of a hardworking, generous and joyful individual. The team wish her all the best in the many years to come.
TIME TO CHILL AND BE TOGETHER
The Vinnies After-school programme continues to grow in its fullness by meeting new families and children who have recently become a part of this community. The building was abuzz with laughter as the students took the time to meet, greet and connect with these young people. The encounter consisted of playing games, engaging in different activities and sharing some well earned afternoon tea snacks.
WE ARE ONE FAMILY
At the conclusion of a day in the classroom, the students of St Mary’s College visited the Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge. A collective who are dedicated to providing a safe haven and support families who experience domestic violence. We are grateful for their Gospel work and their message of love.
Ultimately this visit provided the opportunity for two families to become one; united in faith and ministry. There was presentation of gifts prepared by St Mary’s and MDM youth shared testimony and song that spoke of our need to reconcile and forgive even those who may cause hurt in our lives.
NORTH AUCKLAND GATHER TO CELEBRATE
Vincentians from across Auckland came together for a north area festival gathering. This provided a platform for all to deepen the spiritual dimension of being a Vincentian in today’s society. It was an occasion for spiritual growth, mutual sharing and a chance to review the conferences’ works and future plans. Student representatives from Carmel and Rosmini College were also present at this gathering, and shared of their perspective as a Vinnie in the youth programme.