We are very excited to be working with Tui Park Kindergarten in Linden. As of 16 October, we are providing a selection of spreads, cheese and fruit to Tui Park. Nga Ropu, Head Teacher at Tui Park said they put the fruit out for afternoon tea for tamariki to enjoy. cheese and spreads are used at breakfast and lunchtime for toast and sandwiches.
One of our board members Grandmother kindly donated a toasted sandwich maker which the teachers use to make tamariki toasted sandwiches for lunch.
Nga said "Many thanks for your huge donation for our tamariki and community. The tamariki are enjoying the food weekly and it has been a great help to some of our families"
After talking with Denise Byarugaba, Neighbourhood and Community Advisor at Linden Community Centre, we realised children were not suddenly going without food when starting school - this problem begins much earlier. Children as young as 18 months are going to their local kindergarten with nothing in their lunchbox.
Our aim is to continue to partner with local kindergartens as well as schools where needed.
We look forward to a long and positive relationship with Tui Park Kindergarten.
If you would like to donate or find out more about what we do, contact Leigh: Hello@vsctrust.org.nz
Our Take 10 mobile unit has finally arrived after its long journey from the UK.
After our site at St. James theature was closed down due to earthquake strengthening in 2018, we had to get creative and find a new home.
After a lot of research and discussion with our partners and people in the local community, it was decided to purchase a mobile unit.
The start of term 3 saw us welcome two new schools into the School Lunch Project: Pomare School and Taita Central School.
Pomare School has been sponsored by the wonderful Paul and Keri Retimanu who own Karaka Café (located at Te Wharewaka) on Wellington’s waterfront. This is our first school sponsorship and we are grateful to Paul and Keri for their generosity. Keri and her brother attended Pomare School, so it was especially rewarding for Keri to be giving back to her old community.
Pictured: The board and staff
On Saturday 8 June our board and staff got together for a strategy day where we created strategic goals and milestones for the Trust over the next 5 years. Our overall vision is to see an Aotearoa where everyone plays a part in all tamariki and rangatahi reaching their potential.
TAke 10 to RECEIVE the SAFETY award and gratitude award by the wellington community for our contribution to ENHANCING the well being of our youth in the city
(Pictured: Clint Schoultz, Chairperson of VSCT)
Take 10 has received incredible recognition from the Wellington Community. We have won the Safety award and the Gratitude award.
What is better than fresh fruit that you can pick yourself?! As a part of our Do Some Good Corporate Volunteer days, we make sure to incorporate gardening and planting into the day with the kids.
Songs, Sausage Sizzles, and heart-warming stories. Our Do Some Good day at Porirua School was a huge success
(Pictured: Principal Vanessa Hendry)
We had the pleasure of holding our last Do Some Good volunteer day at Porirua School with the children and staff headed up by Principal Vanessa Hendry and her team. We were joined by a group of Kiwibank and Yoobee staff who gave their volunteer day up to spend at the school.
(Pictured: Ali Merris and Leigh Keown)
The Vulnerable support charitable trust is growing rapidly. We are excited to continue our mission to amplify the good and support the vulnerable, and we are grateful to our partners and sponsors for believing in our cause and helping us to make it happen. In the past month, Ali has joined the team and we have moved into a new office. We are excited to welcome Ali to our team!