Te Whai Trust, St John and Civil Defence are joining forces to support Mangawhai locals – including assistance with shopping and medication pick ups

Mangawhai finds strength together

by Andy Bryenton

Mangawhai’s health and wellbeing professionals have wasted no time in joining forces to coordinate a support network for citizens dealing with the coronavirus lockdown and its implications.

“Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai is collaborating with Civil Defence and St John Mangawhai, who have established a Mangawhai Community Response Group that will be available to provide comprehensive and coordinated local assistance for anyone who needs it,” says Kiri Eriwata, projects manager of the Te Whai Community Trust, operators of the successful Sages elder care programme among other community-based initiatives. 

The three-party collaboration supports the push to stay socially isolated to save lives while acknowledging that for individuals who live alone, the mental burden and logistical problems of being without close support at this time are hard to overcome. While each individual organisation in the group may have a list of locals who are in need of extra help but teaming up they are better able to reach all those who may be affected.

The Mangawhai Community Response Group will, therefore, collate a registry of isolated locals and make services available to them. It will include phone-based regular ‘Caring Caller’ assistance, information and assistance with accessing GP and pharmacy services, keeping people up to date with Covid-19 news, assistance with remote shopping, emergency food parcels and other home and personal care considerations. Those in need can contact the group via phone on 021 0247 8003, message them on Facebook, go to their website, or email info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz for support or information.