Community Support

2019

Giving back to the wider community is an important part of the Waterworks mission. We are pleased to announce the first donation of our Community Support 2019 initiative. Community Support see each team member allocated $500 to donate on behalf of the company to a charity of their choice.

Foodbank

Foodbank New Zealand is a charity based in many towns throughout the country. The team at Waterworks had the opportunity to donate $500 to our local charity ‘The New Plymouth Community Foodbank Trust’ this donation goes towards being able to assist in giving food to thousands of families who are struggling to make ends meet with rising costs.

Facts & figures on the New Plymouth Foodbank:

  • Public donated food
  • Some supermarkets donate left-over food
  • Funding is mostly from businesses and the public
  • 20yrs established
  • Open three days a week
  • Receivers of food must qualify for it by providing evidence – photo I.D. community services card, bank balance, letter of referral from a social agency, a letter from WINZ stating no entitlements left, advising of food allergies, and advising of urgent items.
  • Work in with a range of social services – Family Services, Housing NZ, Healthline, Youthline etc.
  • Refer clients to other agencies if required
  • One full-time worker and 19 volunteers

Visit https://www.foodbank.co.nz/donate to support your local Foodbank and make a donation to those in need.

Waterworks are honoured to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2019’ initiative.

FOODBANK


 

No Duff

Often it is the family or friends of someone struggling that will call for help. No Duff Charitable Trust is a registered charity committed to providing support for the Veteran Community in New Zealand. This Community consists of current and former members of NZDF and includes their families. They are New Zealand's only Veteran specific crisis responders, No Duff also pro-actively helps Veterans before crisis point with anything from just practical help at home, peer to peer support and helping someone navigate the official channels of support.

No Duff receives a very small percentage of Government funding. Primarily, the funding of No Duff comes from the community, meaning they are very dependent on volunteer workers, those who are proud to assist our NZDF current and ex-service people.

Watch the video below where Dr Nealis discusses several key issues regarding veterans' health:

  • The differences between generations regarding mental injuries.
  • Veterans attitudes towards seeking support as opposed to self-support /medicating.
  • The difference between the civilian and military contexts of violence, and the flow on effects for veterans and their families.

WATCH VIDEO

No Duff are extremely grateful to Dr Nealis for his work as part of the No Duff team, particularly for sharing his clinical experience regarding veterans' health through No Duff Charitable Trust's unique podcast series to the wider NZ Veteran's Community.


National Helpline – ​Call 027 5 NO DUFF. ​Hours 5pm - 9pm Weekdays, 8am - 8pm Weekends. ​​​Call 111 if you believe you or someone else may be in immediate danger. Text or call 1737 to speak to a counsellor (provided by the Ministry of Health).


Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our 'Community Support 2019' initiative.

NO DUFF


Taranaki Retreat

Sometimes we all need a little support. The Taranaki Retreat Trust are supporting those men, women, and whanau going through any kind of trauma, depression, anxiety, struggles, or even suicidal thoughts. Hospitality, space and pastoral care are the heartbeat of this vision. The team at Taranaki Retreat are friendly, non-judgemental, and are there to help those in need and make a difference in the lives of many in our communities. They count it a privilege to offer some time out and have seen first-hand how much some space to breathe can offer people the opportunity to see a new way forward or to find hope. Their aim is so help people forward and find a solution which they will also provide ongoing support where required.


Taranaki Retreat estimate they receive around 120 enquiries for support each month and this donation helps cover all aspects of a guests stay at the Retreat for a whole week. The team at Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2019’ initiative.


A special thanks to the team at Taranaki Retreat, you do an outstanding job for the community.

Taranaki Retreat Trust


Pet Refuge New Zealand Charitable Trust

Pet Refuge is a charitable trust based in New Zealand whose mission is ‘to provide temporary shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse.’


The 2018 Women’s Refuge survey of women whose pets were abused as part of domestic violence found: 

  • 23% has an animal killed by their partner
  • 53% delayed leaving family violence out of fear for their pet’s safety 
  • 73% would have found it easier to leave if there was a shelter offering temporary accommodation for their pets.

“We know having animals can make it significantly harder for people to remove themselves and their children from violent households.” – Dr Ang Jury, CEO Women’s Refuge New Zealand.

If you are wanting help now, call the Women’s Refuge crisis line on 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843.

Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2019’ initiative.


Pet Refuge New Zealand


The Cancer Society of New Zealand

One in three people are at risk of developing cancer in New Zealand. The Cancer Society of New Zealand is a nationwide 'organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand'. 

Cancer Society does not receive any government funding, so kind support from the Taranaki business community helps them to continue to provide free services for all families touches by any type of cancer in the Taranaki region.

The donation of $500 from Waterworks goes towards the many services Cancer Society offers such as;

  • Counselling sessions (adult & children)
  • Oncology massage/Reiki treatments
  • Support groups and home visits
  • Exercise programmes
  • Sunscreen supplied to community events
  • Health promotion and education
  • Transport to cancer related appointments
  • Cancer information booklets and library books
  • Cancer research

The team at Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our 'Community Support 2019' initiative.

To make an appointment to speak to the Supportive Care Coordinator or for more information, please phone the Cancer Society on 06 757 3006.

THE CANCER SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND

 

2018

During December we rolled out our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative which is designed to give our team input into fulfilling our mission which includes giving back to our community. This initiative saw each team member given the opportunity to select a charity of their choice to receive a donation of $500 each. Now its presentation time and we are delighted to be able to support these charities. What a way to finish 2018!

Taranaki Retreat Trust

The Taranaki Retreat Trust was also donated to in 2019, see above for the retreat overview.

Taranaki Retreat Trust


Sailability Taranaki Trust

 

The Sailability Taranaki Trust help both intellectually and physically disabled to sail. This is achieved through training and custom designed boats suiting the needs of each specific disabilities. They help make sailing a sport for these people, so they can compete against able bodied sailors. Physiotherapists rate this program highly as it gives the disabled full control. One example Dave Allerton gave us was, they have a girl with cerebral palsy and only has the use of one digit, that is her big toe. The Sailability Trust have arranged a custom-made boat for her which operates from an iPad which she can operate with her toe.


The trust has been operating for 8 years and is helping over 400 kids per year. It’s not only limited to kids however, the oldest person they have helped is a 93 year old lady who had it on her bucket list to go sailing. The trust helped her fulfil this dream.


The donation of $500 from Waterworks goes towards the day-to-day running costs on the trust such as insurance, maintenance, and storage. The team at Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative.

Sailability Taranaki Trust


Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is the charity responsible for providing an emergency rescue helicopter service to the Taranaki regional community. When there is a life-threatening emergency, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter is available 24/7/365 to provide a fast, life-saving air rescue and medical service. Armed with life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics, the rescue helicopter is a vital emergency resource to the Taranaki region and is on-call to wider New Zealand.


As of the 19th of December, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter has performed 186 missions. 55% are Rural Callouts, 85% Rescue Callouts, 15% Medical Transfers, and 7% Marine Callouts.


The team at Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative.

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust


Taranaki Animal Protection Trust

 

Attention animal lovers. Largely an unseen service for the community, the Taranaki Animal Protection Trust provide a 24/7 service looking after animals in need of tender, love, and care. Most of the rescued animals are domestic cats which have been mis-treated. The trust is run on voluntary labour and is currently caring for around 40 cats.


The trust estimated costs for the care of the cats could be around $1000 per month, however due to generous community support this has been lowered. The donation from Waterworks goes toward providing food and veterinary services for these animals.


Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative.

Taranaki Animal Protection Trust


LandSAR

Volunteering to keep our communities safe. LandSAR are a national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue services to lost, missing and injured all over New Zealand. Volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves. These unpaid professionals offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From July 2017 to June 2018 they donated over 41,000 hours to rescue operations to help save 65 people, rescue 191 and assist another 426.


This is truly and honourable service to our community and Waterworks is privileged to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative.

 

LandSAR


Red Cross

Red Cross are another organisation caring for both old and young in communities across New Zealand. Their work is largely unseen and provide the bare care and small privileges many would otherwise miss out on. Some of the initiatives Red Cross run are:

  • Disaster Relief – setting up and running welfare centres for those displaced from their homes by disaster.
  • Meals on Wheels – delivering meals to the elderly who are unable to care for themselves.
  • First Aid Training
  • Mentoring Program for Teenagers – helping them learn trade skills and developing good connections in society.
  • Community Transport – driving those unable to drive themselves to various destinations.
  • Food packs & gifts – providing food packs and gifts for underprivilege children.


Waterworks are honoured to be able to support such a worthy cause as part of our mission of giving back to the community in our ‘Community Support 2018’ initiative.

Red Cross

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