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Community Impact   31 August 2021

Posted by: Good Neighbour Trust

Our city has some great Charities and Organisations supporting people in need. We help to support over 72 of those community stars . So I hope you enjoy our series of profiles and hearing about all the good that happens in our neighbourhood!

➡️Introducing: Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group. Inc

Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialised in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. They are a specialist provider of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin. Over the years, the support group has grown from the confines of one tiny room to a national umbrella organisation with 7 member organisations in Central, West and South Auckland, Central North Island and South Island.

➡️ Locally they look after clients from Western & Eastern Bay of Plenty, Tauranga. Whakatane, Kawerau, Rotorua, Hamilton, Coromandel, Waihi ➡️For food : We contribute food priority for refuge house’s clients then distribute to outreach clients (the most of clients are sole mum) in Papamoa, Mount, Otumoetai, Matua, Tauranga, Gate Pa areas.

➡️They have 6 Staff and 2 Volunteers

➡️ At the moment they are supporting 3 women and 2 children at our refuge house and 3 women with 3 children outreach clients and it may change the recipients evey week.

➡️The main concerns from clients during lockdown:

The most of the time they are stressed relating to their visa (immigration) and extension, if they still live with their husband it increases the arguments for any reasons. Also the whanau eat more rather than usual time.

➡️The ways they support clients in the community are:

1) We encourage clients to attend our program for budgeting, CV writing, driving lessons, clients can use the knowledge to look for a job so they can support themselves.

2) Suggest them to try to cook veges that they never eat before like swedes, parsnip, kale, silverbeet, fresh beetroot. etc. and use whatever they receive, be creative especially during lockdown tamariki eats more.

3) Encourage them to Search or google about the veges they recieve but they have never cooked before and look for the recipes.

➡️What is the impact of the food you receive from Good Neighbour?

1) Clients sometimes the receive food that they can’t afford or think twice before buying it such as Chocolate, ice cream, cake, chips, sanitary pads, baby milk, children’s cups, plates,nappies, meats and the precious food is chillies (the most of our ethnic clients love chillies).

2) The food they receive covers the whole whanau (mum and children needs)

3) The priority recipients for the foods are Non Residence clients because they are not eligible to receive any government assisstance and single parent.

Through collaboration we can all make a difference. There are many different elements that make up a support network each plays an important role in creating successful outcomes for people in need. Thanks to everyone who plays a part

FOR HELP

Phone: 0800 Shakti (0800 742 584)

If your life is in immediate danger please call 111.

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