Social and recreation
5.2 Community support
We provide support for all communities and affordable housing for those in need.
What we do
- Access support (Leisure Card)
- Community advocacy
- Grants (social and recreation)
- Community centres and halls
We want Wellington to be a people-centred city where people feel welcome – a city that fosters diverse and inclusive communities.
To enable this we provide libraries, halls and community centres that act as focal points for community activity and provide opportunities for people to connect with each other.
We support partnerships and programmes within communities and neighbourhoods as a way of building local community resilience. We work with our partners to ensure the city’s social infrastructure supports vulnerable people in the city. Through the provision of social housing we help meet the basic housing needs of many people in our city.
- In 2007, the Council entered into an agreement with the Crown that will see the Council continue to provide social housing, at roughly the same levels, for 30 years. As part of this agreement, and with funding from the Government, we will complete the upgrade of the Berkeley Dallard and Etona housing complexes. We will also start work on the Marshall Court and Kotuku complexes depending on Council approval, we will undertake design work towards the upgrade of the Arlington complex.
- We will review the Social Housing Rental Policy.
- We will start feasibility work on a community hub/centre for Newtown, which may capture the opportunity for a number of social agencies to be co-located with our own Council services.
- We will undertake work on the design and Resource Consent application for the new library in Johnsonville.
- We will support and encourage community resilience, strong neighbourhoods and community networks. We will also work with local agencies and organisations to ensure welfare support is in place for people and animals following an emergency event.
- We will reinstate Children's literacy programmes in our libraries.
- We will finalise and implement Te Mahana – a strategy to deal with homelessness. These include a review of how we support community agencies, and how our support aligns with that of the Government.
- We will implement the Government’s recent alcohol reforms and the Council’s own Alcohol Management Strategy.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2014/15 are:
- 90% of library users are satisfied with its services and facilities
- 85% of residents are satisfied with the range and variety of collection
- 85% of residents agree that library services and facilities provide good value for money
- 130,000 use recreation centre programmes
- leisure cards are used at least 97,000 times
- 85% of residents find access to Council recreation facilities and programmes easy or very easy
- 90% of tenants are satisfied with services and facilities
- 90% of tenants rate the overall condition of their house/apartment as good or very good
- City Housing services and facilities comply with all legislative requirements (eg the Residential Tenancies Act and the Building Act)
- 75% of tenants feel safe in their complex at night
- 65% of tenants have positive social contact in their complex
- 90% of housing facilities are occupied
- 98% of all tenants (existing and new) are housed within the existing policy
- 85% of residents rate services and facilities as good value for money
- achieve agreed milestones, design standards and budget in accordance with the agreed works programme and Deed of Grant between the Crown and the Council
- 90% of community groups are satisfied with Council relationships
- 65% of residents engage in 'neighbourly' behaviours
- 80% of Accessible Wellington Action Plan initiatives are progressed or completed
- at least 95% of projects funded through Social and Recreation grants meet agreed outcomes16
- 90% of project outcomes are achieved (weighted by $ value)17
- 69% of residents are registered library users18
- there are 2.3 million physical visits and 1.4 million website visits to our libraries
- an estimated 78,000 people attend various library programmes19
- 3 million items are issued from libraries
- 67% of e-library users are satisfied with the online library collection
- community centres and halls are 45% occupied20
- 100% of known homeless people are supported by agencies.
What it will costTop
|5.2 - Community support||Operating expenditure 2014/15||Capital expenditure |
|5.2.1 - Libraries||(1,733)||20,7871||19,054||2,530|
|5.2.2 - Access support (Leisure Card)||-||53||53||-|
|5.2.3 - Community advocacy||-||1,454||1,454||-|
|5.2.4 - Grants (Social and Recreation)||(19)||2,795||2,776||-|
|5.2.5 - Housing||(54,075)||25,417||(28,658)2||36,647|
|5.2.6 - Community centres and halls||(220)||2,947||2,727||22|
|2014/15 5.2 Total||(56,047)||53,453||(2,594)||39,199|
|2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total||(48,629)||52,188||3,559||35,639|
|Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to AP 14/15||(7,418)||1,265||(6,153)||3,560|
1This figure includes the direct costs of library services and a proportion of the Council's internal corporate costs. The direct costs of providing library services are proposed to increase. This has been offset to a degree through a reduction in back-office costs, which has reduced the internal charges applied to library (and all other) services.
2Net expenditure on the housing activity includes Government funding for capital expenditure upgrades of Council owned social housing.