Brothers & Sisters at Wesley Rātā Village

In Partnership with Wesley Community Action

Wesley Rātā Village, previously known as Wesleyhaven has begun a journey of renewal. Since exiting aged-care in August 2017 they have made a significant amount of progress on this journey, their vision:

 

Across the generations, everyone contributing towards a good life.

Brothers & Sisters have had the privilege of contributing to this mahi. Below we share some of the stories from our 6-month residence at Wesley Rātā Village.

 

Connections between people and place are vital parts of any community and their wellbeing. Our aim for the 6-months was to grow and strengthen these already existing connections, and to foster new connections leading to the empowerment of the wider community.

 

We decided to implement and test a variety of initiatives across four strands of engagement:

Social Connectedness / Arts / Health / Environment

 

In total, Brothers and Sisters hosted and supported 69 events.

Below is some of the stories we created and shared.

Renovation of the old daycare centre into B&S headquarters

Community Connect Lunch - Social Connectedness

A monthly community lunch to support social connectedness. A total of 6 lunches were hosted with diverse attendees from Wesley Rātā Village residents, timebankers, local families and people who work in the area.

These were a great success, running for over one year, and are continuing as a monthly event led by Wesley staff and Hutt Timebank.

Wā Ora Montessori  - Environment / Social Connectedness

An afternoon talk with students from Wā Ora who shared about their free-range egg business, their work restoring wetlands and their composting initiative. Residents got to meet some of the Wā Ora’s chickens and enjoyed many a good laughs.

Connect with Tech - Social Connectedness

We trialled an afternoon tea session where the young people from Naenae Clubhouse supported seniors with their technology issues and questions.

Hutt Winter Festival - Environment; Social Connectedness

We supported Naenae Nature Trust to host two wonderful events: a Nature Playgroup that included storytelling and a puppet show in the forest; and native tree planting. About 20 children and parents attended the nature playgroup and about 10 people attended the native tree planting. 50 trees were planted.

ECE Conference Workshops

We facilitated two workshops for visiting Early Childhood Educarers from China on their two-week conference, held in The Strand.

Keep Moving - Health / Social Connectedness

Completed a six-week trial of weekly movement classes for seniors. This class was designed to build confidence and understanding about moving safely, staying healthy and keeping active.

 

Participants greatly enjoyed these classes. Regular movement classes will be held weekly at the Rec Hall, from term three, 2019 - more details to come.

Composting at the Village - Environment

We trialled a collection and depositing system for the compost & green waste of the residents of Wesley Rātā Village. Over 15 weeks we collected
 a total of 731.25 litres with six out of eight villa blocks participating.

These 6-months at Wesley Rātā Village were extremely valuable for Brothers and Sisters. It was a real pleasure to grow friendships with the Village residents and meet so many wonderful groups and individuals active in the community. We were able to test and carry through multiple events and initiatives that have provided us with a firm foundation from which we can continue this work.

This year we are back at the Village with a particular focus on art and movement.

If you are working in these spaces or have and ideas you’d like to share, please flick Kiri an email at kiridwen@gmail.com