9th February 2016 Welcome

Lifewise is a not-for-profit community and social development agency that provides critical services to vulnerable and at-risk people of all ages. We're committed to identifying, and developing, new ways to solve challenging social issues.

Our team of over 300 full-time and part-time staff works across many social issues, supporting individuals and families affected by child neglect & abuse, domestic violence, addictions, poverty, disabilities and homelessness.

Lifewise is also working to increase access to early childhood education, with a number of new initiatives now underway.

You can browse the full range of social support services Lifewise provides here.

To help you get to the heart of what we do and how we work, we've produced a booklet called MyLifewise which features stories shared by some of the people who know us best- our clients, our donors and our staff. You can read MyLifewise and other Lifewise publications here.

Lifewise is registered with the Charities Commission - CC40248

Latest News

We don't stop caring when our young people turn 17

In New Zealand, young people leave state care on their 17th birthday. At Lifewise we see the terrible consequences of that every day - homeless 17 year olds with nowhere to turn to.

We have teamed up with organisations around the country to ask that the government give young people the support that every other Kiwi has - the option of a home and support until they're 21.

Please sign the petition at www.actionstation.org.nz/wedontstopcaring

With the government's current review of Child Youth and Family (CYF), now is the perfect time to show that Kiwis don't stop caring when our young people turn 17. Under the current law, children lose child services protection when they turn 17, but aren't able to access adult support like student allowances until they are 18.

Raising the age means we could prevent hundreds of young people becoming homeless.

These kids have been removed from their parents through no fault of their own and they should have the same rights to a home-base as everyone else.

For more information about the campaign, visit www.bigsleepout.org.nz

Small Actions Big Difference

We've come up with some ideas for every day actions that can help our world.

There are lots of great things about living in New Zealand, but unfortunately there are also some negatives. We have one of the highest domestic violence rates in the world and 50% of us don’t know our neighbours.

At LIFEWISE, we see the impact that these social issues have on people’s lives – homelessness, poverty, families struggling and people of all ages living in isolation. Materially many people in New Zealand have more than previous generations, but are we really better off?

We believe it is possible to live wisely and well. To do this we need to change the way we treat each other, spend more time with each other and care for each other so we can pass on a healthier New Zealand to the next generation.

So, start by doing something today. We've come up with some ideas for every day actions that can help our world. Why not download our 101 Ways poster and share what works for you and your family?