The diggers have arrived and the work has started! We can now start to make the physical changes to our premises that will allow us to improve and expand the services we are able to offer to our families.
Bishop Patrick Dunn blessed the site for redevelopment following a Mass to celebrate the feast of St Vincent de Paul. The ceremony was led by Maori Elders Rangi Davis and Whaea Kataraina; and our families, staff, supporters and members of the local community all joined us for what was a fitting start to our future plans.
The new Childcare Centre and Learning Centre are part of phase one of the redevelopment, followed by increased self-contained accommodation for families in need. We’re incredibly proud of the high standards of our accommodation, and we plan on making all units self-contained through this redevelopment as well as increasing the total number of units to 11.
We provide an excellent standard of care for our children in our current playgroup and are very excited that they will have ground level indoor/outdoor flow in a modern building built to Ministry of Education standards. Our new Learning Centre will allow us to offer modern and relevant educational courses for adults and programmes for children afterschool and during the holidays.
We have raised the majority of the money for the project but invite you to play a valuable part in this exciting venture by financially supporting us. Currently we can only accommodate 1 in 13 families who apply to us for housing support and with your help we aim to increase this number over time.