Bay of Plenty Community Support
Below are some links for help available to constituents of the Bay of Plenty electorate. If you have other community support services to recommend, we'd love to add these to the directory. Please send through details to [email protected]
Tauranga Community Housing Trust (TCHT) provides affordable housing to vulnerable people and transitional housing to families in housing hardship. We also deliver the healthy homes programme in the Bay of Plenty. If you have a drafty, damp home or children with ongoing respiratory conditions, you can self-refer to this service where we will work with you or your landlord to improve the health of your home.
To access our community housing you need to be referred by a health or social agency. In the case of transitional housing, you must be referred to us from MSD via the emergency housing or social housing registers.
Visit www.tcht.org.nz or call 07 571 5390.
Ministry for Social Development
MSD are the sole agency responsible for paying superannuation and job seeker benefits.
- For general enquiries call 0800 559 009
- If you are a superannuitant and require extra financial assistance, please call MSD on 0800 552 002.
Papamoa Family Services
Papamoa Family Services have been providing support to the Papamoa community since 1993 and are committed to offering a range of services to individuals and whānau/families that are meaningful, confidential and solution focused. Services include financial mentoring, food support, social work, family support and counselling.
Welcome Bay Community Centre
Helping vulnerable people with food, firewood and clothing, JP services, budgeting, youth work and counselling.
Kai Aroha - Papamoa/Greerton
Each Friday night Tania and her team serve a delicious and nutritious menu to those who can’t put food on their table.
Fridays at 5.30 pm
- Gordon Spratt Reserve, 120 Parton Road, Papamoa
- Greerton Hall, 1263 Cameron Road, Greerton
Tauranga Community Foodbank
Tauranga Community Foodbank has been operating since 1991. It assists families and individuals who need urgent immediate help with food and also offers longer term help if people are working with an approved registered Budget Advisor. The Foodbank relies solely upon our local community for donations of food, money and volunteer help. If you need or can provide help, please contact the team:
Phone: 07 578 9888
Address: 4G Brook St, Parkvale, Tauranga 3112
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 2pm (closed from midday on 24 December and re-opening on the 5th of January).
Social or Mental Health help
Heretohelpu.nz is a new initiative by the Wise Group which is operated by social workers and provides connections for people in Tauranga who need support of a financial, mental health or general nature.
If you are unable to submit a help request online, please freephone 0800 568 273 and clearly state:
- your name
- your contact telephone number
- where the help is needed (town or suburb)
- and give a brief outline of the help you need
One of the team will be in touch with you.
Contact your local Community Law centre for advice with employment contracts or other legal issues. In the Tauranga area it's Baywide Community Law.
Online shopping options for blind and low vision New Zealanders. If someone you know who is blind or has low vision and doesn’t have access to online shopping, there are organisations that can help. Encourage them call Blind Low Vision NZ on 0800 24 33 33 or email [email protected] for support.
Healthline 0800 358 5453
Bay of Plenty DHB updates and information.
Mental Health Helpline
Call or text 1737 any time of the day or night.
The Mental Health Foundation has published a set of tips and advice for people who are struggling more than usual.
wecare.kiwi is for people living on their own or caring for others and offers a helping hand and a listening ear.
Salvation Army and Financial Assistance/Budgeting Advice
The Salvation Army have partnered with Good Shepherd to provide speedy financial relief to people impacted by Covid-19. People can apply for no-interest or low-interest loans for bills, rent or debt as well as essential goods and services. Call The Salvation Army on 0800 854 009 or apply here. The Salvation Army is also available for support locally on 07 578 4264 Option 3.
Immigration New Zealand
Advice for foreign nationals on visas in New Zealand
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Advice for New Zealanders overseas.
For hearing difficulties and mobility support. Website here.
For addiction and alcoholism support by phone:
Caleb Putt | Portfolio Manager – Mental Health and Addiction Services
Te Teo Herenga Waka, Planning and Funding
Bay of Plenty District Health Board | 190 Seventeenth Ave | Tauranga 3110 | New Zealand
07 557 5632 | [email protected]
Good Neighbour is a local initiative connecting donors and volunteers with people in need. Their support services include affordable firewood, food parcels, kitchen training, community gardens and internship programmes.
Address: 39B Burrows Street, Tauranga 3112
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 394 4249 / 022 043 1040
Age Concern provides services and support for the wellbeing of older people in our community. Local programmes include falls prevention, mobility transport, social activities.
177a Fraser Street, Tauranga 3112 NEW ZEALAND Phone 07 578 2631 | www.ageconcerntauranga.org.nz
Bravehearts - Support for families affected by drug and alcohol use
Since 2016 the work of Brave Hearts' Erin Scarlett O’Neill has grown and developed into a Brave Hearts whanau which provides support and assistance to families that are struggling to cope with and the challenges they are facing each day. Substance abuse is a disorder that can impact families in countless ways, and the effects of drug and alcohol use in the family go well beyond the direct effects on the person using them. Living with a loved one who uses drugs or alcohol has a huge impact on the whole family, affecting physical, emotional and mental health, as well as having financial ramifications.
Brave Hearts facilitates group meetings, provides phone support, tailormakes a ‘coping plan’ (toolkit template as not one size fits all) and can refer those who need it to counselling or other professional service providers. http://www.bravehearts.nz.
Men 4 Change men4change.org is a group for men to support men through mental health issues such as loneliness, grief, addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship concerns. We have named us Men4change and we are a support group for any man that is feeling low or feels like there is no way out of what they are in. We know especially since covid took its hold, there has been a lot of stress, anxiety and depression for all and predominately the men are the ones that bottle their feelings, emotions and stresses to the point sometimes of no return. We are over the high statistics and are here to listen, support and empower those men and show them they do matter, no problems too big and they can get through this. We meet every second Monday in Greerton, and are using a room next to the RSA, 1235 Cameron Rd, Greerton. 7pm till 9pm. Email [email protected].
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