Happy New Year from us all here at RAW!

Kiwibank New Zealander Of The Year Awards

Happy New Year from us all here at RAW!

ANNAH IS ONE OF THE TEN SEMI FINALISTS FOR NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR

Annah Stretton has been nominated as one of the ten semi-finalist’s for 2018 New Zealander of the Year for her work in fashion and within the community. The amazing success of RAW to change the lives of women offenders on release into the community is an initiative which highlights Annah’s vision and ability to get real change for New Zealand society. While the other semi-finalists are also worthy of the accolade “New Zealander of the Year” those of us who work at RAW are proud to be a part of its success and are biased in believing Annah should be one of the three finalists announced later in January.

WANTING TO VOLUNTEER FOR RAW IN 2018?

RAW is looking for a part-time VOLUNTARY manager for the RAW Store in Frankton, Hamilton to work in support of the growth of the RAW women.

The RAW store is the first place of work that a recently released woman will come to start her reintegration journey.

The role includes:

  • Overseeing the RAW team while working in the store
  • Assisting with displays, rosters, pricing and managing the in and out movement of stock

Ideally 2 hours a day Monday – Friday. However these hours are flexible.

This role is voluntary.

Please email your interest in the role with a brief outline of your skills and work experience to [email protected].

HELP US PUBLISH THE JOURNEYS OF THE RAW WOMEN

RAW is planning a book for 2018 which at its most basic level will start to capture the evolution of the RAW model for the rehabilitation and reintegration of a segment of the population that had largely been written off by the community.

More importantly, the book will give voice to individuals and partners as they tell their stories, which up until this point have remained largely invisible. It will provide a roadmap for those currently stuck in a destructive and repetitive cycle to change direction, find their true north and become the mother that their children most desperately need. The realisation that their fate is never sealed and that with support and education they too can achieve their dreams.

It will challenge the thoughts and perceptions of the wider community about recidivist offenders; how they get to that place and more importantly what they need to find their way out. Finally, it will provide society with a new lens through which to view offenders, the work of Corrections, and the role that private enterprise must take if we want to achieve different outcomes for our community.

The book will cost $50,000 to produce and RAW is planning to crowdfund for this project. In the meantime, if you like to contribute to this exciting and worthwhile project to record the start of RAW’s legacy, please make a donation – https://www.raw.org.nz/donate-to-raw/ – to RAW’s bank account and narrate your payment “RAW Book”.

We’d also love to talk to any corporates that would like to be involved at a higher level of support for this book in return for a brand alignment.

All donations are tax deductible.