Caring for our community

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Helping others with food and essentials

As of March 2022, many people in the region are currently self-isolating or choosing to restrict their movements due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Over the next few weeks, people may find their usual support networks, such as friends and family, aren’t able to help in the ways they usually would.

We’re encouraging our community to be aware of each other’s needs and step up to help if they can.

There are many ways to support each other:

  • Do a grocery shop
  • Leave some hot meals on their doorstep
  • Swap numbers with a neighbour so you can help each other out

We want our community to stay connected during this time. A connected city is a resilient city.

If you have any questions or need help, information or advice about COVID-19, self-isolation and more, you can call the national health line on 0800 358 5453.

Our local Community Connectors are also here to support people who are isolating because of COVID-19, or are in need of support like food and shelter.

Community agencies

Upper Hutt Foodbank 

64 Martin Street, Upper Hutt. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM until 12PM. Phone: 04 528 9057.

Please wear a mask and wait outside.

Salvation Army

  • Drop-in centre
  • Food bank
  • Advice
  • Help

695 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Centre open weekdays. Foodbank open Tuesday and Thursday 10AM until 12PM. Phone: 04 528 6745.  

If you need urgent food or welfare assistance, please call 04 528 6745, email, or Facebook message your local centre. For more information, visit www.salvationarmy.org.nz/centres/

Financial support

Work and Income Upper Hutt

  • Financial support
  • Emergency housing

164 Main Street, Upper Hutt. Initial contact through call centre: 0800 559 009

Visit the Work and Income website for urgent financial support and ongoing needs. You can apply for a main benefit online and check your eligibility for food assistance. You can also use the COVID-19 financial support tool on the Unite Against COVID-19 website to see what support is available to you. [Source Unite Against Covid-19]

BEST (Benefit Education Service Trust)

  • WINZ benefit advocacy
  • WINZ support

95b Main Street, Upper Hutt. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10AM until 3PM. Phone: 04 529 8108.

The Upper Hutt Housing Trust is also at this address: help@uhht.org.nz  

Other support

Community Connectors

Community Connectors ensure the diverse needs of individuals and whānau who are self-isolating can be met by making sure they have access to the support and services they need.

Leanne Turipa (based out of Ōrongomai Marae)

Email: ccs.orongomai@gmail.com

Sallie Calvert

Email: community.connector@uhcc.govt.nz

Phone: 021 229 6583

Ōrongomai Marae

  • Free counsellors
  • Whānau/youth support
  • Advocacy

1 Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt. Phone: 04 528 4661.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

  • Free advice and support
  • Connection to other support services 

2 Sinclair Street, Upper Hutt. Phone: 04 528 9040.

Further services and support

It’s OK to ask for help. As we work through this together, there are people and agencies able to support you. Here’s a range of advice, help, or support if you need it. If you don’t speak English, you can ask for an interpreter when calling most government departments.

NZ Services and support contact details(PDF, 163KB)