Central Leader : November 19th 2010
4 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Get the Nursing or Health qualification you need, with an experience you'll love. Contact us now for a full list of programmes or more information. 0800 62 62 52 | www.manukau.ac.nz APPLY NOW FOR 2011 7559 000101R subs The Manukau Institute of Technology Nursing and Health programmes are designed to offer you the qualification, practical skills and knowledge to work as a nurse or health worker. Our teaching combines academic theory and applied learning to equip you with the skills and knowledge to start or develop your career in the health care industry. HEALTH Diploma in Health Promotion Certificate in Community Health Work Certificate in Pacific Community Health Work NURSING Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing Pacific* Diploma in Enrolled Nursing* *Pending approval MT WELLINGTON WITH PASTORS PETER & BEV MORTLOCK .com Mt Wellington Highway - Entrance, Aranui Rd, opposite Sylvia Park. 0800 CHURCH From soup kitchen to community cafe Community coffee: Lifewise staff will open the doors of community cafe Merge next week. From left: Manager Corie Haddock with chef Stephen Clark and kitchen hand Hayley Heta. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA Beans or eggs for breakfast? It is a question many of us would not think twice about. But for the Lifewise Centre in central Auckland, this choice is about to change both the way it operates and the daily lives of its clients. The community outreach centre is opening its new purpose-built community cafe at 435 Karangahape Rd on Monday. Centre manager Corie Haddock says the initiative is part of a major relocation see- ing the centre change from a traditional soup kitchen with set meals, to a cafe-style one- stop-shop. Marginalised people will be able to volunteer their time and be given a chance to learn hospitality skills such as barista training. They will also be able to choose what meal they want to start the day. It's about updating our service delivery and changing to become more customer focused, ultimately it's trying to create a pathway out of homelessness,'' Mr Haddock says. The move to K Rd also sees a rebranding of the centre, which will now operate a cen- tral hub from above the cafe. While still operating the same services including its Airedale St night shelter and social workers, the hub will be geared towards normalis- ing the lives of marginalised people. The reality for our clients is that they don't want a life on the street. We're moving towards a client-customer model rather than just offer- ing social services,'' Mr Had- dock says. Originally set to open at the end of July, the project was delayed several months. A building site was planned for Mercury Lane but last- minute objections from neigh- bouring businesses led to a change in locations. K Rd Business Association manager Barbara Holloway says although the association is supporting the project, ser- vice centres of any kind are bound to create a little controversy. Sure there are people who are unhappy. You hear mumbles and groans but nothing has officially come through my committee,'' she says. Embracing Lifewise fits in with our community values. The measure of a society is how well it looks after its weakened. You get backlash about projects but you can't have this many businesses and 4000 houses and keep every- one happy.'' The move has been supported by AUT school of hospitality, which has helped to create a menu and come up with the layout of the build- ing, which includes a sunny courtyard and several murals. AUT community relations liaison Ian Leader believes the cafe will be a chance for marginalised people to break the cycles they are in. Do you want beans or eggs for breakfast? Those questions can change people's lives,'' Mr Leader says. For kitchen hand Hayley Heta, it is an opportunity for fulltime work and to learn new skills. Ms Heta has volunteered at the centre on Airdale St and says the new location may lose a few existing clients but will hopefully attract a new group of people. The cafe has also brought in chef Stephen Clark who previously managed a res- taurant in SkyCity. It will operate a scaled menu, and will be open 7am to 3.30pm.
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