A social providers supervisor, who beforehand labored with Catholic organisations, has been appointed as the brand new Auckland metropolis missioner.
Helen Robinson, who has led The Logos Undertaking, and labored with Problem 2000 in Wellington, will begin her new position on the Auckland Metropolis Mission in April.
The brand new appointment comes forward of the departure of the present metropolis missioner, Chris Farrelly, who has held the place for the final 5 years.
Ms Robinson is at present the town mission’s normal supervisor of social providers, and she or he has labored on the organisation for ten years.
In appointing a brand new missioner, the town mission’s board was clear that they wanted to discover a successor who would proceed with the transformational work below method there, together with the HomeGround precinct, on account of open later this 12 months, which is a purpose-built place of therapeutic and transformation, with options together with residences for folks experiencing homelessness, neighborhood areas and a well being centre.
“Helen brings to the position a deep information of the mission’s work, and a good deeper dedication to a extra equitable world, cemented by a robust background in social providers,” mentioned metropolis mission board chair Joanna Pidgeon.
As normal supervisor of social providers on the metropolis mission for the previous 4 years, Ms Robinson has overseen the event of providers to incorporate a Housing First programme, and the opening of two transitional housing programmes, together with one particularly for ladies.
She has led important enhancements in all providers to offer a dignified expertise for folks needing the mission’s help.
For the 4 years previous to changing into normal supervisor of social providers, Ms Robinson held management roles within the mission’s homelessness and meals safety groups.
Alongside her sensible work, she has launched analysis into the measurement and expertise of meals insecurity in New Zealand. Her dedication to resolving meals insecurity additionally contains taking a lead position within the creation and implementation of Kore Hiakai, the nationwide collective working in the direction of a food-secure Aotearoa. She is at present co-chair of Kore Hiakai.
Mr Farrelly instructed NZ Catholic that the town mission has robust hyperlinks with the Catholic Church, and Catholic Social educating.
“In my time as missioner,” he mentioned, “I’ve been conscious of the large help we obtain from a lot of parishes, colleges and different Church-affiliated organisations.”
“Numerous our purchasers, volunteers, donors and workers come from a Catholic custom; we’re privileged to have two non secular sisters on our workers, (one Josephite and one Mercy), a lot of clergymen and seminarians, (and bishops) have labored right here as volunteers, and a former missioner, (Don Cowan) is a Catholic priest.
“We’ve a robust working relationship with St Vincent de Paul, and Monte Cecilia Housing Belief. The town mission, together with the Catholic diocese (and Methodist mission), is likely one of the founders and trustees of the James Liston Hostel, and the town mission operates the hostel on behalf of the Belief.
“In abstract, we’re household.”