Who Did You Help Today Trust


All funds received help children and mothers via our Homework Club and Mothers Project initiatives.

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Funding received via Givealittle is used to help us grow our projects to extend our reach around the country. We work with schools (via our homework club project) to identify specific needs and have used funding to date to purchase items such as colouring books, educational games, art & craft activities for individual children and homework club shared resources.

Via Mothers Project we work with all women's prisons in New Zealand to get books and activities to mothers in prison which they then are able to send to their children.

We're a movement running volunteering projects; making it easier for more people to help others; and encouraging good deeds. Join us!

We contribute to this through growing the 'helping movement' and running programmes to mobilise more people to volunteer. These include:

o HelpTank, a digital marketplace connecting charities with skilled volunteers. https://helptank.nz/

o The Homework Help Club, which partners organisations with low decile primary schools to establish volunteer-led homework clubs to support children’s learning. Children from low decile schools face more barriers to academic achievement than those at higher-decile schools;

o The Mothers Project, which sees lawyers working pro-bono to assist incarcerated women, with a focus on helping them maintain relationships with their children. Research on mothers in jail shows improved relationships can decrease reimprisonment rates and improve children's wellbeing and development.

We also recognise and promote the value of helping others. The trust was named Who Did You Help Today because founder Stacey Shortall has been asking her children that question daily since they could talk. Stacey says that helping - regardless of whether the act is a small gesture or a big effort - makes a real difference to the lives of others and can transform our country.

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The Who Did You Help Today Trust became a registered charity (CC53191) in February 2016. The trustees are Stacey Shortall, Sarah Paterson and Rachelle Sutton.

The trustees' pro bono work - including helping women in prisons and children in low decile schools - started years before the trust's inception however.

In addition to programmes like Homework Club and Mothers Project, by 2016 the Who Did You Help Today movement had also taken hold. This movement started almost accidentally and grew organically as a result of Stacey (who has received many commendations including being named a Woman of Influence, Lawyer of the Year, Local Hero, Sir Peter Blake Leader) being asked to speak at numerous fora.

Stacey started hearing that people around New Zealand were beginning to regularly ask 'Who did you help today?' of their children, families, friends and colleagues, after hearing that she challenged her children daily on how they had helped another.

Who did you help today in 2018 operates 3 projects, Mothers Project, Homework Club and HelpTank, a digital platform connecting skilled volunteers with not for profits.

The trust operates with a small staff team to support the many volunteers and ensure the demand for more services can be met.

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Thank you for continuing to support our work  17 August 2020

Posted by: Who Did You Help Today Trust

We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support we are receiving from donors all around New Zealand. We've now supplied over 400 food packs that have helped more than 2000 children. We know there will be an ongoing need around New Zealand for support so appreciate every donation we receive

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Alex! You are such an amazing human and I hope you’re finding yourself in NZ’s beautiful backyard. This is such a lovely cause you have chosen. I know it will make a difference. Lots of love, be safe! Sharon
Hope the journey is going well so far, Alex. What a wonderful cause, so happy to donate to this. Ross and Lynne
Go Alex!
Rachel on 17 Jan 2021    Alex hikes Te Araroa for Mothers Project

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