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Dingwall Trust’s Whānau Growth Programme received a big helping hand from Bunnings NZ this week.
A team of 18 staff from seven branches of Auckland Bunnings stores volunteered to spend the day at our Whānau House. The team improved and enhanced the outdoor space with Dingwall the lucky beneficiary of a Bunnings’ community project day.

Creating happy memories

The house is a key part of Dingwall’s Whānau Growth Programme. It’s a special place where whānau can reconnect with their tamariki and rangatahi living at Dingwall in a calm and homely environment. They can spend time with each other to create new happy memories.

The programme is proving successful in allowing family groups to repair bonds and build new ones. The house has already been the venue for many birthday and other celebrations. Sometimes whānau are simply able to enjoy a home-cooked meal together. You can learn more about the programme here.

Many whānau like to hang out in the garden where younger tamariki can safely play. Now the garden is an even more enjoyable place for whānau to spend time, thanks to the Bunnings’ team.

“Over the moon”

The team members’ efforts resulted in a much tidier and beautified entry garden, that now lifts spirits when anyone drives in.
They also added new planting, built a safer and improved pathway as well as donated and assembled a new outdoor table. The team also donated and assembled sturdy, practical storage for outdoor toys and many wonderful garden supplies for future maintenance.
The Whānau Growth Programme is overseen by resource coordinator Terri Holland and she is over the moon with all the improvements to the garden. “All these improvements and enhancements to the garden will really help to make family times even more memorable. Thank you #bunningsnz you are all amazing!”

The amazing Bunnings team on completing the Whānau House project


Pathway before and after


Front garden, before and after


Whānau Resource Co-ordinator Terri Holland is jumping for joy at all the improvements Bunnings has made.