285 Hereford Street
Ph. 03 365 8720
Mon- Friday 8am -5pm
Emergency and Transitional Accommodation
Safe – Staffed – Supported – CYF Approved Service
Emergency and Transitional Accommodation for Women and Women with Children (boys younger than 12) is available at YWCA Community Development Centre at 285 Hereford Street. No bookings taken. An interview is required to access accommodation.
A weekly rental is required and usually paid in advance. Rooms are pleasantly furnished, linen and all necessary equipment is available in the accommodation units. No additional charge is made for telephone, internet and power. Tokens are required to use the clothes dryer.
Residents provide their own food. There is a common lounge for visitors/whanau and can be booked for a few hours. Assistance is available for women to apply to HNZ, CCC and private rental situations to get long-term and permanent accommodation.
Alcohol, drugs or non-prescribed medication are prohibited on the premises and no resident will be admitted if under the influence of prohibited substances. The YWCA has a zero tolerance policy for non-prescription drugs, alcohol, violent/abusive behavior and non payment of rent.
Other services in the Community Centre:
- On-site counselling available
- Shared meals on special occasions
- Teaching/meeting rooms for the community
- Access to free internet for residents and students
- Shakti meeting room
Y’s options is a programme available to the Emergency and Transitional Accommodation residents, Involves mentoring, up skilling, sharing skills, Tutor and peer teaching.
With lots of new friendships and supports, those of whom maybe experiencing stressful and difficult times have found this to be an encouraging and comforting experience from which to go forward- to continue the creation of Community in the wider area.
A breakfast and school lunch Club for the Children overseen by the Mothers is a huge success. Once the Children are off to school and Pre School, the day follows with sessions for the women who can opt into the workshops and courses offered e.g.: Budgeting, menu planning, food preparation, sewing, mending and craft projects. Walking group etc. the list goes on with some participants making recommendations and requests for suggested speakers and additional programme material to tailor the programmes to suit their personal requirements.
After school the Children’s home work group meets for afternoon tea a catch up of the day and a chance to do their homework. A Tutor is on site to supervise and she encourages Mum’s to take part in the supervision, games, craft projects and computer time on offer.
Whilst this programme has been running only a short time we have noticed an improvement in children’s behavior and general camaraderie. The Mum’s have a reason to meet and socialise together, this encourages confidence for their and their Children’s future and of course their own skills at integration in the wider community when they move on.