Newsletters

  • Financial Mentoring

    Financial mentoring takes a strengths-based non-judgmental approach to empower individuals and whānau to take control of their money. Our Financial Mentor is our Family Support Worker Cath Smith and she walks alongside people to work out what they need to do and how they can take charge of their finances.

    Contact us on familysupport@wdp.org.nz to refer yourself or another person.

  • Nau mai ki te 2024 i Woolston Development Project!

    Starting soon:

    Walking Group – every term time Monday at 10am

    Gentle Yoga – every term time Monday and Wednesday at 6pm. You must book with Caitlyn. $10pp

    Already resumed:

    Women’s Social Support Group – see page for latest details

    Out of School Care (OSCAR) – after school programme has resumed following a great holiday programme in January. We have vacancies on this programme

    After the Bell – the new name for our programme previously known as Depo. This involves age specific activities for tamariki in the 10 to 13 year old age bracket.

  • Yoga classes starting term 4

    Hey everyone!

    Exciting news! We will now be offering 2 weekly Gentle Yoga Classes ✨

    Beginners are welcome, as we move mindfully before finding stillness. This is an opportunity to recharge, so you feel refreshed and sleep well

    Monday & Wednesday 6 – 7PM 

    10 weeks from 9 Oct to 13 Dec (excluding Labour Day)

    Woolston Development Project, 497 Ferry Rd, Woolston

     On street parking

    $10 / class 

    Or 10 week block deals available 

    BYO mat &/or blanket

    Bookings essential 

    To book your spot or find out more, feel free to DM me or WDP

    See you on the mat!

  • Morning OSCAR Supervisor – Holiday Programmes required – Again

    Do you love working with primary school aged children?

    Do you have experience working as an OSCAR supervisor? Or as a teacher aide or teacher?

    Are you great at problem solving and managing children’s behaviour?

    Are you a clear and effective communicator and are you good at delegating tasks to other staff members?

    If this sounds like you, you might enjoy working on our holiday programmes as Morning Supervisor. Our holiday programmes run for 2 weeks in each of January, April, July and October and there may be relief work available during term time.

    Please note that this is not an entry level position. You must have appropriate experience.

    You must have a full clean car licence and meet our vetting requirements.

    Please send your CV (including at least two referee contact details) and cover letter to Eddie Hayes at manager@wdp.org.nz as soon as possible.

    Download the job description here

  • OSCAR Supervisor – Maternity Leave

    OSCAR Supervisor Job Description – Maternity Leave position

    Part 1: Summary 

    Position: OSCAR Supervisor

    Hours: 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday during After School and Holiday Programmes + additional hours if negotiated with Manager

    Hourly rate: $26.00

    Type: Fixed term maternity leave position starting 3 April 2023 and ending 20 April 2024

    Part 2: Relationships 

    Responsible to: WDP Manager 

    Direct reports:

    OSCAR programme assistants

    Youth Volunteers

    Works with: 

    In partnership with Morning OSCAR Supervisor

    OSCAR programme children and their families/whānau.

    Staff at Te Waka Unua School

    Family Support Worker

    Staff at outside venues such as Chipmunks Playland, Willowbank, Inflatable World, Caddyshack City, Hollywood Cinemas and any other venues our programmes visit during school holidays or during after school programmes

    Part 3: Vision, Mission & Principles 

    WDP’s Vision: A community where people are happy, safe and resourceful.

    WDP’s Mission Statement: Developing the potential of local families/ whanau – children, youth and women- across generations.

    Alignment with the above mission and vision: 

    Developing the potential of local families & whānau through supporting families/whānau by providing a safe place for their children/tamariki to be while parents/caregivers are at work or study. 

    Part 4: Responsibilities & Duties:

    Key Responsibilities

    Supervising Woolston Development Project’s OSCAR programmes:

    • Holiday Programmes: 12.30 – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, last two weeks of January, two weeks in each of April, July and October school holidays. 
    • After School Programmes, 3 – 5.30pm plus set up time & other relevant tasks
    • Supervising OSCAR Programme Assistants and Youth Volunteers. 

    Planning and implementing activities on each programme

    Working in partnership with the other OSCAR supervisor

    Liaising and networking with parents/caregivers

    Monitoring health & safety of programme and premises and managing risks to children’s health/wellbeing.

    Managing children’s behaviour. 

    Part 5:  Skills/experience 

    • Enjoys working with children. 
    • Excellent professional boundaries and a strong understanding of Child Safety issues and how to protect children from harm. 
    • Understanding of and knowledge of appropriate behaviour around children and role modelling of such.
    • Computer & report writing skills
    • Good team player – positive, encouraging and able to provide positive feedback.
    • Great practical skills
  • Updates 24 January 2023

    • Our January 2023 holiday programme is currently underway. We welcome Hannah Young as our Morning Supervisor on the holiday programmes and brand new OSCAR assistant Yana Halim. Both have made an excellent addition to our team!
    • We said goodbye to Gaylene, our Family Support Worker, earlier this month, and will begin recruiting for this position shortly.
    • Carol Brown and Catherine Coomber stepped down from our board late last year. We have welcomed Judi Smitheram and Jo Hopkinson as new board members.
    • Smith Street Community Gardens has been temporarily under our umbrella recently – the new Smith Street Community Farm Trust has now been incorporated as a charitable trust and is pending registration with Charities Services.