The Good Works Trust was formed in 2012, bringing together two strands of community involvement:
- The Shore Vineyards Churches foodbank, developed by Deborah-Lee Cockerton about 20 years ago and since then led by, among others, Jackie Brown-Haysom, Adele Ash and Sandy Thomson.
- The Devonport Network Trust, run by the former Harbour Vineyard Church, which was formed in 1991 and did community works in the Devonport area including public events and shopping for the elderly.
The trust still works closely with the congregation members of Shore Vineyards, and regularly partners with many other agencies and organisations working to make our community a better place – including Te Puna Haurora, Salvation Army, North Shore CABs, DHB Living Without Violence, 2 Shine, Connect SR, Child Youth and Families, Waitemata DHB, Pathways, Ministry of Social Development, North Shore Hospice and the Community Mental Health Team.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the Good Works Trust and their work. With their attitude they are indeed respected by the community, all of us here at Te Puna Hauora and whanau. They listen to our suggestions, acknowledging us as workers with vulnerable whanau and incorporate these appropriately, addressing all activities in a professional, respectful and gracious manner. They never lose their humanity balanced with integrity and a good sense of reality.”
Ellen Stewart, whanau support worker, Te Puna Hauora