Shore to Thrive is a partnership project between Auckland
North Community and Development, the Takapuna Methodist
Church, the North Shore Family Violence Prevention Network and Lifewise.
The work comes out of the Let the Children Live Research project that was conducted in 2015 and asked the question: How have preventative, strengths based community based practices, activities and approaches successfully changed child poverty and child abuse. Shore to Thrive is using a strengths-based approach that will actively enable and empower local people to be in decision making positions as well as facilitate collaborative approaches with appropriate organisations and agencies.
Stephen McLuckie was recruited early 2016 to progress this
work and is currently leading asset mapping work in several
communities in the Devonport Takapuna area. Stephen has
initiated community engagement and is working alongside the
Research Coordinator, Denise Bijoux from Catalyse, to collate
existing community information, establish gaps and opportunities and identify community strengths to be built upon.
The intention is to work with one or two local communities
in Devonport /Takapuna where there is:
- identified need and people who have a desire to contribute to positive changes;
- a local community that wants to be more connected;
- an understanding of the value of taking a holistic perspective and not necessarily focusing directly on child poverty or child abuse;
- the desire to address root causes as well as alleviating
- a willingness to develop positive relationships and
- an interest in growing skills that are transferable to various life situations and can help with prevention as well as with recovery, reduction and even elimination;
- a willingness to develop programmes where some level of decision making is undertaken by the participant;
- a desire to move beyond strategies that hold individuals and communities accountable for factors beyond their control;
- some level of service collaboration; and
- the energy to contribute to the development of supportive policies and systems where that does not already exist.
The work requires multi-faceted approaches based on the development of trust, relationships and networks that can help to mobilise communities and existing assets and to find common purpose to achieve the long term goal.