Inspirational Communities

Inspirational Communities

Inspirational Communities

Programme Information

Introducing cultural groups from within our community that maintain diverse connections through youth groups, church, sport, and schools and colleges. We celebrate how these groups share their cultures with the wider community and examine what gives them strength in their new country.  Inspirational Communities encourages discussion about the effects of the global pandemic on their particular communities and learn how they are able to cope with Covid-19, health, mental health, isolation and well-being projects, to enable their community to stay socially connected. The aim is for all cultures to support and understand each other through family, business and jobs. And of course, their association with this programme.

About the Wairarapa Women’s Centre

The Wairarapa Women’s Centre works to empower women so that they may in turn empower their families and communities.

The Wairarapa Women’s Centre organises events and programmes of life skills, including crafts of cross-stitch & 5D Diamond Pictures, stained glass, and icing nights.  We also offer opportunities to improve your body and mind with meditation and tai chi.

The Wairarapa Women’s Centre supports families through advocacy, referrals and collaborating with other organisations and by being a drop-off point for:

  • Winter Jackets
  • Clothing for children
  • Dress for Success

About The Host

Our host is Géraldine Durrant, the centre coordinator for the Wairarapa Women’s Centre. Géraldine moved to the Wairarapa from Europe last year with her family.  When Covid hit us, she started volunteering and has not stopped since.  She thoroughly enjoys helping people and seeing the transformation, their confidence building  up and as a result their overall wellbeing. 

She has also been tutoring French as a foreign language, her native language, for the last 5 years. She left the UK in the summer of 2017 to spend two years in the Pyrenees and enjoy the mountain life before venturing on a 5 month road trip across the world, on her way to NZ, she went as far as South China before jumping on a plane. During this trip, she had a number of full immersion experiences, hosted by local families sharing their daily lives and working with them.   So no need to say that meeting new people and learning about new cultures is her thing.  Now she is on a mission to ensure the Wairarapa Women Centre meets the needs of the women in the region.

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