Connecting Communities Wairarapa is a community organisation that operates a range of community-led initiatives and social services focused on increasing the well-being of our people and our community.  By weaving together community development and social services, we are able to develop individual and practical initiatives that enable all our communities to thrive. Our collaborative approach means we can work together to achieve common goals that build strong resilient communities.

The Connecting Communities Development Team supports a range of community-led development activities, projects and events designed to bring our communities together; including Youth Development, Masterton East Community Development, Neighbourhood Support and the free School Holiday Programme.  The Social Services Team works at an individual and whanau level, working closely with their clients to develop budgeting and everyday life skills to guide, support and empower them.  The Social Services Team also runs the Strengthening Families process and connects clients with other community-based agencies according to their individual needs.

Waste Not, Want Not is a research project being undertaken by Connecting Communities to understand the extent of food hardship in Wairarapa – a vital step in helping community agencies tackle the problem. The research will quantify current and projected levels of food poverty across the region as well as take into account the impact of existing local food initiatives. The research results, which will be available as a resource to multiple organisations and agencies, will lead to informed discussions around how food poverty can be alleviated.

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