Taha Whānau - social relationships & connection

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Whānau is about the people. Friends, family, peers, and social groups which give you support and strengthen your sense of identity. We've added in some opportunities, ideas and links here for you to explore, and expand your whānau. 

On this page:

  1. The benefits of social connection
  2. Sport Wellington GRx and AF Healthy Lifestyle Programmes
  3. Find people and social events local to you
  4. Support services around Wellington
  5. Connect through volunteering

 


 

1. The benefits of social connection

"Human beings are inherently social creatures. As far back as we can trace, humans have travelled, hunted, and thrived in social groups and for good reason. Humans who were separated from their tribe often suffered severe consequences. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked" - mindwise.org

 

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2. Sport Wellington Green Prescription and Active Families Healthy Lifestyle Programmes

Have you heard about our Healthy Lifestyle Programmes? These are eight to 12 week sessions which give our clients the opportunity to connect, learn and grow together. Our Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinators are currently running these online through ZOOM. If you are interested in participating or partnering as a provider please get in touch with us, and keep an eye on our Facebook for our promotional posters. If you need a reminder about our programmes, watch some of our videos, and read some of our stories here

 

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3. Find people and social events local to you

Looking for something new to do, or are you wanting to join a new online community? Neighbourly is a great way to keep in touch with your locals. Otherwise, Facebook and Eventfinda are great sites to hear about events and opportunities. Head to the websites by clicking on the links below. 

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4. Support services around the Wellington Region

Sometimes we need a little extra support. If you're in a space where you are wanting to speak to someone, check out these counselling links, or text or call 1737 for free on your phone. Below are the Councils for around the community. 

 

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5. Connect through volunteering

Giving to a cause or helping others through volunteering can bring fun and fulfilment to our lives. It not only benefits those receiving the support, but it also can help us mentally, emotionally and physically. It can help improve self-esteem and increase social connection.

There is an abundance of opportunities out there for volunteering so choose some to get in touch with that fit your interest and your purpose (how you want to help). Head to the Volunteer website by clicking on the image below. 

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To check out our suite of programmes, click on the logos below.

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