Manchester House - Social Services Society, Feilding.
Rural Support service was established in January 1990 by Judy Jack to
ensure the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in the
northern rural Manawatu.
This was a time when the government decided to withdraw all subsidies
to the farming sectors. There was total and complete withdrawal of
every funding stream to the farmers. This resulted in smaller farms
being bought to make larger holdings which altered the entire
employment sector of the rural community. This led to a rural
depopulation and extreme hardship not only to farmers, but also to
supporting industries. The vulnerability of those living in isolation
was highlighted as a result of the governments actions.
Rural Support has been operating since then, with rural support workers
visiting people to empower, provide home based support services and
referrals to the appropriate agencies and to make contact. Where
necessary they make non-judgemental, non-discriminatory, compassionate
caring support to those in need in the northern Manawtu and Pohangina
Manawatu Rural Support is managed by Manchester House
Social Services and during the 2004 storm came into its own by
providing support to many who were isolated by slips and flooding.
successive governments there have been a number of changes in policies
that have affected those living in the rural area. The worlds financial
recession brings its own dilemmas but there has been an increasing
number of younger family members opting for the country lifestyle which
is increasing the number of young children back into rural life.
is important to rural people, so issues such as mobile phone access and
broadband internet which townspeople take for granted can make a huge
difference to isolated rural communities.
Most rural folk are
resilient and look after each other and Manawatu Rural Support is there
to find and fill the gaps for people in need.
Manawatu Rural Support service is unique in Manawatu.
Contact Manchester House
68 Aorangi Street, Feilding