City Mission Tuesday 16 November 2010, 2:15PM
Media release from City Mission
Auckland City Mission has a very special Christmas wish this year -
help from the city's businesses to build its brand new healthcare
The new medical facility will service low income people in the
inner city and Aucklanders who have been marginalised through
poverty, ill health, addiction and trauma.
Design of the 200 sq m facility is now complete thanks to the
generosity of Auckland Architects Peddle Thorp and others who are
donating their services, however donations of labour and building
materials are still needed.
Until 18 months ago the mission utilised a visiting GP service. It
then established its Calder Centre - named for Auckland's first
City Missioner, Jasper Calder - within existing premises.
"But it had been up and running only 12 months and already it was
too small," City Missioner Diane Robertson says. "We have 1,000
people enrolled and that doesn't even count the walk-ins we have
Ms Robertson is encouraging Auckland business to get on board with
the project and donate materials and trade labour to help complete
the centre by autumn before winter sets in.
Peddle Thorp was recruited to help with design by Matrix Group
director David Wilkie. The architectural practice is bringing its
specialist medical architectural skills to the design of the
So far the Auckland businesses have collectively contributed in
excess of $80,000 in services to the project.
Peddle Thorp director Richard Goldie says the centre needs a full
range of construction materials including ceiling systems,
lighting, plumbing, flooring, paint and labour to make it all
"We've taken this project on as a sort of Christmas present to our
clients. Rather than sending the usual corporate gift we thought
we'd give something tangible back to the Auckland community. We're
asking other businesses to do the same - every donation of time or
material will help."
The new, fully functional centre will be open to the public. It
will be staffed by GPs, a nurse, receptionist and a practice
manager with consulting and treatment rooms, an office for the GP
and a pharmacy.
Ms Robertson says the centre is targeted at inner city residents on
low incomes and homeless people who can't afford a visit to the
"If they can pay, it costs $15 a visit; if they can't, it's free
and we refer the patient on to our social workers," she says.
Auckland City Mission also runs free hearing checks and
psychological services and provides drug and alcohol help, social
services and services to the homeless.
"There are major benefits for homeless people as their health
improves and they're also making less visits to hospital Accident
and Emergency departments," Ms Robertson says.
"But the most important thing is people who might not otherwise
seek treatment for serious ailments - such as diabetes - are more
likely to visit us because it is accessible, low cost and in some
· Anyone wishing to
contribute time, materials or services to the Auckland City Mission
medical centre project can email Diane Robertson at
email@example.com or call her on 0-9-379 2395.