Our Gift Recipients
Family Action Group
Family Action provide refuge, counselling and advocacy support to women children and families in West Auckland who have experienced abuse or violence. They have two offices in Henderson and Te Atatu and are able to provide visits to homes to those that are housebound. They have worked in the community for 30 years and collaborate with local partner agencies and community groups to promote safety and to encourage strong flourishing families.
Lifewise are an Auckland-based community social development organisation, who develop new ways to solve challenging social issues and work with families, older people, people with disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness to turn people’s lives around. Lifewise’s roots trace back to over 150 years ago within the Methodist Church of New Zealand, and the organisation has since changed and developed to meet the needs of Aucklanders as the city grows.
Focusing on the principle of interdependence rather than independence or dependence, Lifewise are recognised for their work providing sustainable solutions to social issues, rather than focusing on simply meeting immediate needs, in an attempt to address the root causes of social isolation and disadvantage. Lifewise offer services and support for individuals and families to imagine a better future and build their capacity to achieve that vision.
Refugees as Survivors
RASNZ works to support UN Quota refugees to settle and rebuild their lives in NZ. Refugees have often experienced war, violence and hunger and some have been forcibly separated from their families. Our organisation helps them rebuild their lives in a new and unfamiliar country. Typically New Zealand takes in families with children and people alone, many of whom have been forced to flee from their homeland for nothing more than their ethnicity, religion or beliefs. Most arrive here with few to no possessions, but they bring with them great strength, resilience and many skills to contribute to their new communities.
RASNZ has a wide range of skills that help refugees adjust to their new lives and settle in the community. Many RASNZ staff members are, themselves, from refugee backgrounds. This enables them to really understand and appreciate the resettlement problems facing the refugees with whom they work.