Building the capacity of people with lived experience of homelessness.
Three are peer support workers (two in the Housing First team and one with Merge Community team)
Eight are peer support and community development volunteers with the Merge Community team.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WORK
They form the Merge Community Peer Support Team, based from Merge Café (Lifewise’s social enterprise that provides 20,000 low-cost meals a year and a vibrant safe place for the whole community to connect).
The Merge Community Peer Support Team provides guidance and advocacy to people in the homeless community through the Café. The team also support the Housing First programme with community-led development. They are working to develop alternative pathways and innovative solutions.
Engages people that distrust services
Brings a kaupapa Māori approach
Demonstrates recovery and growth
Counters an “us and them” culture, where professionals are seen as experts, and the homeless are seen as “clients” that services do things to
Enables people with lived experience to take part in decision-making and influence the systems that affect them
Challenges public perceptions around homelessness
the piki project
The Piki Project is a small social enterprise that harnesses the creative skills of the wider homeless community and the technology of the Unitec Institute of Technology to create piki.
Inside The Cup
As part of the review of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw, Auckland Council were eager to understand the perspective of those who beg in the city centre.
For this reason, Auckland Council partnered with Lifewise and people with lived experience of the street to bring the voice of the street to decision makers. We used a co-design process to better understand the experiences of people who hustle in the city centre. Co-design is a person-centred process that acknowledges that people are the experts of their own lives.
Click on the image below to download a copy of Inside The Cup.