Our name reflects: Our intention to provide an excellent service for the whole community. We have created a service that is accessible, inclusive and responsive to our community's needs.
Our logo represents:
-A seed of hope for those who feel like all ends are lost
-The journey of the seed represents hope, the past is gone and a fresh start is in the air
-Captures the moment of release for people – a letting go of past hindrances and thinking, and then experiencing freedom, hope and happiness as a result
-Bright oranges, yellow, reds reflect the feeling of hope and happiness as a result of counselling
Te Whare Whai Oranga – ‘ the house of pursuing wellbeing’
Our team enjoyed some team bonding in October playing ten-pin bowling - fantastic fun!
SERVICE SUMMARY 2016
-In a nutshell the service continued to serve the community with integrity and passion - lives were changed and hope restored.
We saved lives! At least 15 people attended with suicidal behaviors.
Feedback from one of these clients: " I am so grateful I could get in to see a counsellor straight away; I didn't know where else to turn."
2016 Projects and Statistics
299 clients overall
- 68% adults
- 3% children
- 12% youth
- 17% over 60
1186.5 face to face counselling hours
134 free sessions
the average client attended 5 sessions
20% of our clients were Maori (the Horowhenua population % is 20%)
198 females and 101 males - 34% of our clients were male
210 hours delivered to people over the age of 60
42% of our work delivered to families
12% of our work delivered to youth between the ages of 14 - 24
60 hours delivered to couples
23 EAP clients attended via various workplace schemes
13 clients attended via PHO scheme
25 Justice Dept/Probation clients
50 hours of Professional Supervision were provided to local community workers.
Referrals of Note: Self - 34%; family & friends - 11%; GP's - 5%; Justice - 8%
Report from Board Chair (abridged)
Some highlights over 2016 were:
- Break even Financial Reports
- Continuation of networking and promotion of LWCC to the Horowhenua District Council and the business community
- Probation services testimonial endorsement of what we do at LWCC
- Lotteries Grant in our last year of a three year contract
- implementation of a new case management database system
2017 is shaping up to be a watershed year with the upcoming renewal of our MSD contract, overshadowed by new, intrusive personal information gathering contract clause. While this Government funding accounts for less than 20% of our Trust's income, its non-renewal would pose a near fatal blow to the Trust's financial viability to continue its current level of operations.
Report from the Practice Manager (abridged)
The hardest thing I have had to do since becoming manager was making a valuable employee redundant this year. With no significant new income being discovered during the year we sadly had to resort to this difficult decision in September. Also at year end, Jean Russell retired to giver herself more time and space for other pursuits including training for a half marathon and time with family.
We are so grateful to the local families, individuals and churches that continue to support us with regular donations throughout the year and years. Our heartfelt thanks to these encouraging and largely silent supporters.
Recovery and personal change remain at the heart of our vision; our expert staff continue to improve the life expectancy and community outcomes with their dedication and passion.
Carol Parkinson (Practice Manager)
Our full Annual Report and completely independent audited Financial Reports are available on request.