Garden to Table (GTT) has a vision for our tamariki (children) and communities to be healthy, empowered and resilient through access to good food. An impact of Covid-19 is an increase in food insecurity – GTT are working to help some of our most vulnerable communities. GTT’s school programme reaches 15,000 students a year (through 188), including on-line learning through lockdown. Deb Barr (Food Technology Teacher, Mount Maunganui Intermediate) praised GTT’s resources during COVID-19 – helping students to make compost in a bottle and to learn about environmental impacts of long-distance food transportation. GTT’s work gives our youth a greater appreciation for food in season and local produce.
Forest & Bird’s mission is clear – New Zealand (and the world) needs a better future for people and the planet. They are working to create New Zealand’s largest network of marine reserves off the Otago Coast and to tighten rules keeping our Māui and Hector’s dolphins safe. Their fight to save the West Coast’s Te Kuha from an open-cast coal mine continues, with the High Court supporting protection for 12ha of conservation land from being included in the mine pit.
Following lockdown, Tania Dalton Foundation brought together its scholarship recipients from all over the country for a 2-day workshop. This gathering of some of NZ’s most talented young sports women listened to insights from Olympic Gold Medallist Barbara Kendall, recently retired Black Stick Brooke Neal and World Cup winning Black Fern Stacey Waaka. Topics included time management, self-talk, leadership, mindfulness, public speaking and dream boards. The girls also managed to hear and experience first hand about all the Foundation is doing alongside them with Boost Holiday programs, Pass it Forward with Rebel Sport and Silver Fern, and the Resilience Project in schools where thousands of children are being impacted.
Men’s Health Trust promoted “30 days of 60” during June (Men’s Health Month) – encouraging everyone to spend as little as 60 seconds a day on themselves – simple stuff like booking a medical appointment, relaxed breathing, thinking about diet or calling a friend. CareSaver collaborated with Men’s Health Trust to produce this powerful video.
When COVID-19 caused the level 4 lockdown, Plunket had to make massive changes to virtual frontline services. They continued to provide support including 1500 zoom sessions to assist families, 500 families attended a virtual playgroup or coffee group to stay connected, and parenting facilitators hosted over 200 virtual parenting education (PEPE) sessions to help parents and carers receive support with their parenting journey.
Over 70% of young people and their families said their mental health had been negatively impacted by lockdown, so it is no surprise that Youthline has seen a massive increase in contacts from young people wanting support – a 50% increase overall and a 90% increase in care and protection matters (where young people are in unsafe homes or at risk of harm from people in their lives). 1 in 5 texts are around suicide. 2 in 4 around anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.
Heart Kids agile approach ensures families are supported through COVID19 lockdown. Heart Kids supports hundreds of families throughout the country every week, no matter where they are in their heart journey. This equates to 20,000 hours of direct emotional and practical support each year. The recent COVID19 crisis was no exception, their critical support went online. Whether it was supporting parents of a newborn baby with heart complications or assisting heart kids and families facing daily challenges of having a child with a complex heart condition; their team were able to stay connected and use technology to bridge the gap.
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