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Harcourts and The Sowers Trust helping youth and families in Manukau East

By helenmetcalfe on March 8, 2015

Sowers Trust

For more than 35 years, The Sowers Trust has been supporting youth and families in Manukau East, mentoring, equipping and empowering at-risk and in-need youth and families to achieve their potential.

As part of The Sowers Trust’ programmes, community workers provide personalised support to youth who may be going through a specific crisis in their lives, and provide ongoing support to individuals and families that are in need of help to restore and repair their lives.

Manager of The Sowers Trust, Jenny Naley says that The Sowers Trust programmes provide members of the Manukau East community with the support they need to stay on a positive pathway.

“When individuals and families go through a difficult time, it can be very isolating and people often feel as though they have no one to turn to for help. Through youth mentoring and the wrap around care that we provide to families, we can provide the professional and volunteer support that’s needed to help them through these challenges.”

As part of the valuable work carried out by The Sowers Trust, community workers travel to schools, homes and other locations to meet with young people and their families.

The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts real estate group, has this week presented The Sowers Trust with a cheque for $3000 that will go towards the purchase of a safe, reliable vehicle for their community workers.

Ms Naley says that the contribution from Harcourts will be a significant help towards purchasing the vehicle.

“Our ability to be mobile in the community is fundamental to the success of our programmes. Having our community workers go out to the youth and families in need, is a demonstration that someone cares about their situation and wants to help them, and that’s a big first step.

“We’ve already been able to support many people in Manukau East as they navigate through challenges in their lives, and thanks our supporters, including Harcourts, we can continue to make a difference in this amazing community of ours.”

The Sowers Trust is a significant service supplier to the Manukau East community, providing personnel, programmes and facilities, which support the whole family. Their programmes aim to build long-term quality relationships designed to build up and empower individuals so that they may play a full and positive role in society.

The Harcourts Foundation was established so that Harcourts employees could give back to the local communities where they live and work. Through employee donations and fundraising efforts, the Harcourts Foundation has raised almost three million dollars for community projects since it was established in 2008.

Pictured above: Jenny Naley (Manager The Sowers Trust), Chris Brearley (Harcourts), Belinda Tia (Youth Worker The Sowers Trust), Verona Ramadu (Family Worker The Sowers Trust), Tracey Stevenson (Chairperson, Sowers Board The Sowers Trust) at the cheque presentation that took place on Monday 2 March at The Picton Centre in Howick.

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