13 May April Newsletter 2016
Over the last two months we have been focused heavily on promoting RAW and getting ready for our
next growth spell. This has included developing our relationship with Corrections and Probation and
starting the process of building more structure and processes around our service. In the next four months we are expecting some strong growth conditional on successful parole outcomes.
Watch this space!
We are very pleased to welcome The Trusts Community Foundation as our latest funder which is supporting RAW’s work at Wiri Women’s Prison.
You can go to www.ttcfltd.org.nz to find out more about them.
We also appreciate the ongoing financial support of the DV Bryant Trust in its latest round of funding. The DV Bryant Trust was RAW’s first trust funder and has walked alongside RAW for
over two years now, including providing The Retreat for a Christmas holiday last year. Lindsay
Cumberpatch has also been a valuable contributor as a member of RAW’s Advisory Board.
New Team Members
In April Sarah who has been working with us pro bono since July last year officially became our Business Manager. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with a background across multiple business disciplines in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Her role is to build RAW’s capacity for growth to ensure consistency of service as numbers grow.
In May Tony will be starting, part-time, as the new Life Skills Coach. Tony has a background in teaching and human resources. He will be working with our women and men to develop healthy thinking strategies, helping them become ready for education and employment and developing their
life skills for independent living.
Fiona Harland came on board with RAW a little over a year ago. She serves on our Advisory Board and has been working weekly at Wiri Women’s Prison with Rebecca. Fiona and her husband have decided to relocate to the Hawkes Bay. Despite the move Fiona will commute monthly to the prison to continue fostering the relationships she has made with the women. Fiona’s commitment to RAW and her passion for working with the women are qualities that make her a wonderful ambassador in the prison.
RAW hosted another successful Open Day on 15 April. Our women and man hosted funders and
representatives from Probation, WEL, Bryant, Momentum and Te Puni Kokiri. These events are an
excellent way to put real faces and personalities in front of those who have the potential to influence
Minister of Corrections, Judith Collins
The month of April was also rounded off by a visit from Judith Collins to one of the incubator homes where she met with the women. Exposure to this level of government is an important part of RAW’s advocacy for change around government reintegration policy.
The Men’s Pilot began in February with our first man joining us. He has settled in quickly to his new life. He will be joined by two others in May and June.
Over recent months our women and man have been involved in community organised volunteering events which have proved a hit. Unlike individual volunteering activities these group activities allow them to mix with other members of the community out and about volunteering as well. Being with other people with a common purpose has changed the concept of volunteering as something you do, to something to be enjoyed!
Center Image Waikato Sunrise Rotary Club and RAW on the Riverbank Maintenance Project
This month’s business hero is Cathy Mellett and her team at Net Branding. Cathy is one of RAW’s biggest supporters with her business providing all our website work pro bono.
In Cathy’s words: ‘RAW changes lives. The results are tangible and real, and the impact far reaching on those it touches. RAW women are encouraged and empowered to develop and grow beyond the
boundaries that society and their circumstances appear to have locked them into. A woman who is secure, safe and able to contribute to society is an asset and role model to her family. This influence on a Kiwi family can break a horrific cycle and prevent a lost generation. This positive impact on the families in our society is why I am a proud supporter of RAW.’
In a world of digital marketing and social media Net Branding provides a valuable tool for RAW to communicate with a wide potential audience. To Cathy and your team, your work is enormously appreciated!
Oi – Organic Initiative
Oi is RAW’s latest entrepreneurial supporter providing 100% pure safe certified organic cotton tampons, pads and panty liners for the RAW women.
So here is our shout out for Oi and their products!
Oi believe that all women regardless of salary or circumstance should have access to affordable pure
safe organic cotton feminine hygiene products. All Oi products are super soft and comfortable, reliable, biodegradable, hypoallergenic and they can also be composted!
Oi is available at New World and Pak N Save stores around the country or online at www.oi4me.com
Live Life In Colour at Langham Hotel in Auckland hosted by ‘I am Woman’, Inner Wheel National
Conference Christchurch, and Gina, Peter and Ina at The Classic Villa clockwise. The last two months have been a whirlwind of speaking engagements and fundraisers culminating in four events for RAW over the last two days of the month.
The variety and passion brought to the various fundraisers is a continuing inspiration for all our women and men. The colour and warmth so many of you have offered them at these events provides encouragement and hope for their lives ahead.
RAW would also like to acknowledge the amazing progress Gina and Ina have made in their public speaking. Gina has been invited to speak at the TEDxManukau event in June!
RAW would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for having RAW to speak and hosting fundraisers:
– Newmarket Rotary
– YWCA (LLIC)
– Devonport Rotary
– AAPNZ Conference
– Inner Wheel National Conference
– Criminal Justice Forum
– Janine Glyde & friends
– Lumino the Dentist
– RISE Events, Christchurch
– Chartwell Co-operating Parish
– RNZAF Whenuepai
– The Cashmere Club
– I am woman (LLIC)
– Alumni for Entrepreneur of the Year
How about hosting a speaking engagement or fundraiser for RAW?
The one thing Annah and the girls can promise you is that having them as your speaker at a work
conference, fundraiser or other event will leave you changed and challenged.
“It is us that has to say many thanks to you, Ina and Gina for being part of our conference as keynote speakers. You and the girls were amazing. As I was told there would not be a dry eye and there wasn’t. Comments I have heard included – ‘They lifted the level of speakers at our conferences’; ‘Inspirational’; and ‘I will look at people in a different light now’. You and the girls were certainly a highlight of our conference. Your message has now reached another 320 people.”
Evelyn, Inner Wheel Conference, Christchurch, April 2016
To find out more about having Annah and the girls speak contact Tanya at [email protected]
Help Us RAW
RAW has a new web page “Help Us” where you can familiarise yourself with all the ways you can assist us.
http://raw.org.nz/help-us-raw/ –Check it out!
Can you help with:
• Waterproof or warm coats for women and men.
• All layers of men’s clothing suitable for the younger generation.
• Sports shoes, new or near new, to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
• Gardening tools.
• Bicycles and bike helmets.
• Weekend suitcases on wheels as more and more of our woman make regular visits to see their children.
• Lounge suites for In Excess.
Many of women and men have a creative flair so work has begun on developing a creative space at the
In Excess store.
Can you help with:
• Art supplies for card making/scrapbooking, painting (canvases, acrylic paints and brushes)
and hard board for carving.
Please drop off at the In Excess store or contact Gina on 07 282 0813.
Finally we hope you will enjoy reading about one of our women and her journey to date with RAW in her own words. Click here to read Ina’s Story.