Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Community Organisation

Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)
30 Cook Street Howick
6 days ago

Justice of the Peace service

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

As a result of COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown, Justice of the Peace service desks are NOT currently operating.
An Online service is available by visiting the Royal Federation of NZ Justices' Association website and entering "online" in the Quick Find box (See below).

11 days ago

Vaxathon

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

It's almost Super Saturday!
Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), supports the first-ever Vaxathon taking place live on TV Three from 12noon - 6pm on Saturday 16 October to help boost vaccinations across New Zealand!
The Super Saturday Vaxathon aims to encourage all Kiwis from … View more
It's almost Super Saturday!
Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), supports the first-ever Vaxathon taking place live on TV Three from 12noon - 6pm on Saturday 16 October to help boost vaccinations across New Zealand!
The Super Saturday Vaxathon aims to encourage all Kiwis from Cape Reinga to the Bluff to get vaccinated urgently against COVID-19.

Head here for more info: COVID19.govt.nz/supersaturday

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26 days ago

Manukau East Shopping Shuttle

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

MECOSS first began the Manukau East Shopping Shuttle in 2007, after identifying a need to help people who depended on family and friends or had to pay to get their shopping done.

“Many of these people were confined to their homes with few and limited choices for socialising,” says initiator … View more
MECOSS first began the Manukau East Shopping Shuttle in 2007, after identifying a need to help people who depended on family and friends or had to pay to get their shopping done.

“Many of these people were confined to their homes with few and limited choices for socialising,” says initiator Vasu Moses. “That was when I felt that if I could move and shake a few people something could be done to organise a weekly shopping trip for our seniors.

The Salvation Army jumped on board to offer free use of their van, Age Concern organised the passengers, and Botany Town Centre offered free hot drinks and a good shopping venue for people with limited mobility, and the service was born. From there the shuttle went from from strength to strength.

In 2021, MECOSS has its own van, a shopping-shuttle-coordinator and a hard working team of 25 volunteer drivers and companion shoppers.

The Manukau East Shopping Shuttle continues to be a wonderful community service helping those that otherwise might struggle to make it to a shopping centre on a regular basis while having a bit of fun in the process.
Anyone who wants to be part of the Manukau East Shopping Shuttle can contact Maureen on 0800 632 677.

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26 days ago

Community Halls.

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Face-to-face meetings are getting more and more important, especially with everything online these days.
That's why MECOSS holds Dance Yourself Happy, the Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking Meeting and the Botany & Flat Bush & Ormiston Networking Meeting at local community … View more
Face-to-face meetings are getting more and more important, especially with everything online these days.
That's why MECOSS holds Dance Yourself Happy, the Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking Meeting and the Botany & Flat Bush & Ormiston Networking Meeting at local community halls and venues.
Community space is a non-threatening place where people can all feel a part of something valuable. Theses hubs are part of the glue that binds communities and keeps connections alive - they're a physical representation of a sense of connectedness.
#allsaintscommunitycentrehowick
#oldflatbushschoolhall
#tetuhipakuranga

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33 days ago

MECOSS Community Van

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Transportation challenges can be a significant barrier to inclusion and access for many groups of people.
The Community Van was initiated with the aim to enable local organisations with few or no transport alternatives, greater access to services and events within the Auckland region.
While the … View more
Transportation challenges can be a significant barrier to inclusion and access for many groups of people.
The Community Van was initiated with the aim to enable local organisations with few or no transport alternatives, greater access to services and events within the Auckland region.
While the Community Van's most common use is to transport people to access their shopping, it also provides groups with an opportunity to extend their program options at an affordable cost.

Past trips made by not-for-profit groups have included bowling and ice cream trips, visits to the theatre , the New Zealand Martime Museum, Howick Historical Village and the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Since MECOSS began this service in May 2021, the Community Van has transported 100s of local residents and travelled over 1000 kilometers' within Auckland's boundary.

Demand continues to grow with over 6 different organisation's having taken advantage of this community resource.

For more information about booking the Community Van for group outings going-forward-from and including COVID-19 Alert Level 2, please contact MECOSS.

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