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In this podcast Millie from the St Vincent de Paul Society talks about why they are at Out in the Park and the ReSew initiative.

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This summary provides an overview of a three-minute interview recorded at Waitangi Park, Te Aro, Wellington, on February 24th, 2018, with a representative from the St Vincent de Paul Society Wellington. The purpose of the recording was to discuss the organization's participation in Out in the Park and their innovative ReSew initiative.

The St Vincent de Paul Society's presence at the event was part of raising awareness about the wide range of social services it offers to the community, ensuring everyone is aware they can seek assistance from the organization. The services highlighted include social work support, food banks, visitations, pregnancy assistance, and budgeting advice. The spokesperson emphasizes that the Society's social worker provides advocacy and support through various circumstances—accompanying clients to appointments with government agencies like WINZ, immigration, housing, and even court appearances, ensuring they receive the support they need.

Furthermore, the Society provides immediate essentials such as furniture, clothing, and utensils through home support programs, addressing emergency needs and facilitating long-term assistance. Notably, specialized care for new parents is available, consisting of essential items such as baby clothes, reusable nappies, and maternity clothes to support families during the early stages of parenthood.

A substantial new endeavor by the Society is the ReSew project, which is based out of their Kilbirnie shop. This project focuses on upcycling textile waste from their stores into new products. The initiative serves a dual purpose: reducing the organization's expenses associated with discarding unsellable textiles and contributing to sustainable practices by creating new products from waste. At the time of the recording, the ReSew project was engaged in making rainbow bunting.

The organization's policies and services are inclusive and available to all, with no specific policies targeting the LGBTQIA+ community. Nonetheless, there is a conscious effort within the team to ensure that inclusivity is formally recognized in their future policies. The Society highlights its commitment to providing a non-judgmental, confidential, and accessible service, free of any barriers that a religious association might typically present.

This was reportedly the first year the St Vincent de Paul Society participated in Out in the Park, stressing the significance they place on ensuring the LGBTQIA+ community is aware of the services available to them. According to the Society's representative, many of their clients are from the LGBTQIA+ community, and it's a priority that the Society supports them in overcoming daily life challenges, particularly in matters relating to finances or negotiations with other organizations and governmental bodies.

The narrative concludes by asserting the goal of St Vincent de Paul Society to back the LGBTQIA+ community in securing what individuals rightfully deserve and need, positioning the organization as a crucial support network.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:24th February 2018
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Waitangi Park, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004517).