Posts tagged Wellington
Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand Charitable Trust

Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust (CC54933) who connects families with surrogate grandparents in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds.

What problems are we helping to solve?
Social isolation and loneliness are much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. These are serious issues in New Zealand and not just for our older generations. Social isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis.

How can surrogate grandparents help?
Surrogate Grandparents is the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.

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Kāpiti Startup and Innovation Network

We're passionate about growing our community of Kāpiti innovators, and we think there is a need to create a local startup (and business growth) support network here. So if you want to talk about Startups, Tech and the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle - and share thoughts around how to start up, what works, investment tips, lean startup thinking and the right steps to get your business off the ground (or expand) then you've found the right group.

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Girls2Girls Connection

Girls2Girls is a program run by young women for girls aged 10-16 from refugee backgrounds. The program aims to help these high school-aged girls integrate into New Zealand society by providing a series of workshops, mentoring and volunteering opportunities. The Girls2Girls connection program is an initiative of the Refugee Orientation Trust (ROC Trust)

One of the most important things we do as part of Live Life is match the young person with an older mentor who volunteers an hour or two a week to provide them with support and a guiding hand to achieve their training/employment goals. We do this because we firmly believe that each generation has so much to offer the other, for the older mentor they gain a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment and have the satisfaction of making a real difference for the next generation.

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Third Culture Minds

Third Culture Minds is a non-profit profit organisation dedicated to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee youth in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We believe that positive wellbeing outcomes is essential for helping young people of migrant and refugee background reach their full potential. Third Culture Minds seeks to address the systematic and socio-cultural factors that exacerbate the mental health of young people of migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Young people of migrant and refugee backgrounds suffer disproportionately when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. These issues are compounded by a lack of data and third culture lived experiences informing policy and service delivery. Third Culture Minds has been established to address the socio-cultural and systematic factors which contribute to the apparent unequal outcomes.

Our mission is to build a culture in Aotearoa New Zealand whereby young people of migrant and refugee backgrounds are able to unlock their full potential, and improve their mental health and wellbeing, while also being supported by culturally responsive and accessible services, platforms, tools and resources, which provide the same excellent quality of services regardless of their ethnicity, race or origin.

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Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa

The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) was established in July 2018 to foster socially inclusive communities where everyone has equitable opportunities to meaningfully engage with digital technologies, and benefit from the use of them.

We aim to enhance the confidence and capability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and well-being as well as that of their whānau.

The Alliance acts as a catalyst for digital inclusion initiatives, by working with local communities, not-for-profit organisations, business enterprises and government agencies to pursue a shared digital inclusion vision.

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Samaritans of Wellington Inc.

Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We provide a 24/7 telephone helpline to support callers experiencing mental health issues, such as loneliness, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Our telephone helpline is operated by volunteers who are trained to listen in a non-judgemental, supportive way to empower callers to explore their own solutions to their situation.

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Kapiti U.S. Trust

The Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust is a not-for-profit incorporation established in 2010 to ensure the bonds formed between Kiwis and Americans during World War II are not forgotten.

Between 1942-44 15,000 marines were stationed in camps Paekakariki, Russell and Mackay out-numbering the locals by 15-1. Thousands of men were also stationed in neighboring camps in Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Wellington City. This is the most significant war story in our district; its memories live on in our land and in the hearts of Kiwi and American citizens.

We aim to create a niche tourism/heritage precinct as well as a range of events and exhibitions that will engage Kiwis and U.S. citizens with connections to this brief but intense period of history. We want both groups to visit our region, share their stories and learn more about our shared heritage.

We do this by running events (Memorial Day ceremonies, story-telling days, and the annual In the Footsteps of the Marines run/walk). By funding and developing heritage infrastructure (signage in and around the old camp sites), by maintaining our website, and by collecting, heritage material related to the period.

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New campaign started in Oct 2018, to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used and thrown away.

In particular reducing the amount of bottled water bought by making it easy and free to refill with tap water at cafes, bars, museums, and other businesses, throughout NZ. This is based on Refill in the UK and refillmybottle in Indonesia.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Wellington

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wellington is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters New Zealand. We provide a mentoring programme for children and young people aged from 6 to 12 years of age. We match deserving Tamariki with willing, caring adults to defend their potential and “be in their corner”.

The ‘Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ (BBBS) youth mentoring programme is based at the NZ Police Station in Lower Hutt, and will match young with old in a bid to provide positive, stable and independent role models.

All of our volunteer mentors are police checked, screened, interviewed and trained. They must commit to meeting with their mentees for at least one hour once a week, and also commit to a minimum of one year with the programme.

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Shakti Ethnic Women's Support Group Wellington

Shakti is a community organisation support Asian, African and Middle-Eastern migrant and refugee women children and youth survivors of family violence. We provide culturally appropriate and specialist support services such as casework support, advocacy, legal support, refuge accommodation and counselling. We are a member organisation of Shakti Community Council and have are refuge based in Upper Hutt and a drop in centre office in Newtown in Wellington.

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