Corstorphine Community Hub celebrated at Trust Power Community Awards in Ōtepoti / Dunedin

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is thrilled to announce that Corstorphine Community Hub has been honoured for their valuable contribution to Whānau Ora at the Trust Power Community Awards on Thursday 25 October in Dunedin. The hub works to strengthen whānau, promote wellness and improve access to services while encouraging self-sustainability and healthy lifestyles.

Starting out as community gardens, Corstorphine Community Hub in South Dunedin was established December 2013 with the help of Dunedin Kindergartens, Dunedin City Council and Corstorphine whānau. Since 2015, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, has enabled the hub to grow and establish a whānau-centred facility at 235 Middleton Road, in the heart of Corstorphine.  The hub is a safe and friendly environment where whānau can access a broad range of free health and social services, attend hui and wānanga, share their aspirations for the future and support each other to achieve their whānau goals.

“We are a community-driven kaupapa, run by a part-time coordinator and a network of passionate volunteers,” says Mere Jouanides, Corstorphine Community Hub Coordinator.

“We’re able to provide whānau with direct links to services through agencies such as Te Kakano, free nurse-led clinics, Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora, physical wellbeing, K.O.H.A hands (Rongoā and Mirimiri Clinic), Ministry of Health B4 School Checks, and many more.  We also support whānau into alternative education in collaboration with Kōkiri Training Centre and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Ōtepoti,” says Ms Jouanides.

Maara kai or community gardens will be created in the future at the new premises and KiwiHarvest continue to provide the hub with 50 - 70 kilo of food per week to distribute out to whānau in need.

“Corstorphine Community Hub is a remarkable site of transformation,” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi/Chief Executive, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.  “Their focus is on supporting whānau to live their best lives, to be driven by wellbeing objectives.”

“We congratulate Mere, Moana, Mama, and the many wonderful volunteers that have been recognised through the Trust Power Community Awards,” says Ms Leahy.

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