Island Child Charitable Trust
Their programme is alcohol, drug, gambling and violence free. Word of mouth in the community and within family generates many referrals. Many people arrive with complex needs, feeling overwhelmed and isolated. We assess and address immediate needs, then work with the family to set achievable goals. Individuals are able to learn life skills (e.g. personal care and hygiene, cooking, communication and interpersonal skills) and new coping strategies. Parents are required to attend a parenting programme. ICCT review their benefits to ensure they are getting their entitlements and work with them to increase their knowledge of family finances and budgeting. The individuals also receive training and employment assistance, where appropriate. Island Child Charitable Trust also work with other agencies to successfully re-home whānau and they leave our shelter with a clear focus, connections to reliable social support, and knowing how to access services they may need in the future. Some members leave earlier if suitable housing becomes available. Our Trust is also an active member of the Auckland emergency housing network and national housing associations. Hugh Green Foundation is excited to have the opportunity to partner with island child charitable as their visions align in helping to reduce poverty and addiction, something that Hugh Green was very passionate about.