The Funding Network Success Stories

Here you will find updates from the social change charitable projects which have pitched at past TFN events.  

TFN June, 2015 - Auckland

Assistance Dogs NZ Trust, TFN raised $10,757

Fair Food, TFN raised $13,325

Young Carers NZ, TFN raised $10,790

Crescendo Trust Aotearoa, TFN raised $10,400

Post Event Updates

Read how TFN has impacted the charities six or twelve months after they pitched at an event.

TFN September, 2014 - Auckland

Te Whakaora Tangata Amokura Teen Parent Program

  The Funding Network event provided a significant boost to the launch of our Amokura Teen Parent program in September 2014, covering a portion of salary for our first Amokura Whanau Coach, Charlene Hepi.  Charlene is now working with nine high-risk, high needs Maori and Pacifika teen/young parents aged 12 - 24 years, supporting them through group courses and one-on-one coaching.  Using a goal-centred approach, Charlene is addressing their complex issues such as sexual abuse, prostitution, drug addiction and gang involvement and helping these young mums to re-engage with their education and plan a career path.   Karina* has just started on the program - she's 21 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with her first baby and has no positive role model in her life.  She was raised without family support in CYF residential care, because her mother was serving a long prison sentence and her dad was murdered in a gang fight.  When we met her, she was unaware of her need for a midwife or medical support and is welcoming Te Whakaora's assistance to get life on track for her and her baby. We are enormously grateful to everyone involved with The Funding Network event for changing the future for young mums like Karina*. * Please note the names of participants in the program has been changed to protect the identity of those in the program.  

 

The Funding Network event provided a significant boost to the launch of our Amokura Teen Parent program in September 2014, covering a portion of salary for our first Amokura Whanau Coach, Charlene Hepi.  Charlene is now working with nine high-risk, high needs Maori and Pacifika teen/young parents aged 12 - 24 years, supporting them through group courses and one-on-one coaching.  Using a goal-centred approach, Charlene is addressing their complex issues such as sexual abuse, prostitution, drug addiction and gang involvement and helping these young mums to re-engage with their education and plan a career path.  

Karina* has just started on the program - she's 21 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with her first baby and has no positive role model in her life.  She was raised without family support in CYF residential care, because her mother was serving a long prison sentence and her dad was murdered in a gang fight.  When we met her, she was unaware of her need for a midwife or medical support and is welcoming Te Whakaora's assistance to get life on track for her and her baby.

We are enormously grateful to everyone involved with The Funding Network event for changing the future for young mums like Karina*.

* Please note the names of participants in the program has been changed to protect the identity of those in the program.

 

Clown Doctors NZ

  Thanks to the money raised during the TFN event in September 2015 we have been able to start a program at the Wilson Centre on the North Shore in Auckland, which will run until August 2015.  A lot of children who the Clown Doctors see at Starship Children's Hospital are transferred to the WIlson Centre for continued physical therapy and respite care. We are now able to visit the respite care villas, the rehabilitation centre, as well as the school, which is also part of the centre.  We work together with the school principal and the play specialists.  We use a lot of visuals; puppets, scarves, peekaboo games, music and dancing as well as a lot of physical contact by holding hands with the children. "The clown doctors were very engaging and widely enjoyed.  They utilized a variety of techniques to involve all the children in different ways as well as distract them from other things happening in the villa." Easter, Play Specialist - Wilson Centre. "It was so awesome to have you in our villa.  Our children loved your company and dancing.  They actually wanted to see more!  Thanks". Mother, Villa 5. "The children are happy and entertained - lovely clowns.  Very gentle to the kids and great with the staff, worked with the kid's strengths." Laura, Respite Care Specialist.

 

Thanks to the money raised during the TFN event in September 2015 we have been able to start a program at the Wilson Centre on the North Shore in Auckland, which will run until August 2015.  A lot of children who the Clown Doctors see at Starship Children's Hospital are transferred to the WIlson Centre for continued physical therapy and respite care.

We are now able to visit the respite care villas, the rehabilitation centre, as well as the school, which is also part of the centre.  We work together with the school principal and the play specialists.  We use a lot of visuals; puppets, scarves, peekaboo games, music and dancing as well as a lot of physical contact by holding hands with the children.

"The clown doctors were very engaging and widely enjoyed.  They utilized a variety of techniques to involve all the children in different ways as well as distract them from other things happening in the villa." Easter, Play Specialist - Wilson Centre.

"It was so awesome to have you in our villa.  Our children loved your company and dancing.  They actually wanted to see more!  Thanks". Mother, Villa 5.

"The children are happy and entertained - lovely clowns.  Very gentle to the kids and great with the staff, worked with the kid's strengths." Laura, Respite Care Specialist.

Tread Lightly Caravan

  Click here to read about the Tread Lightly Caravan's success over the past six months.

 

Click here to read about the Tread Lightly Caravan's success over the past six months.

Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative

  The Funding Network event was a real turning point for Nga Rangatahi Toa.  It literally took us centre stage and opened us up to a new 'awesome' audience who embraced our work and our kids with open arms. The incredible generosity of the TFN audience members paved the way for us to scale our projects, empowering more vulnerable kids and their whanau to create a brighter future for themselves. Thanks to TFN we have two pilot projects running in 2015. Saturday Skills, a free pre-tertiary community education program, and Art ACTion Connect, a culturally responsive mental health and mindfulness program co-designed with our rangatahi.  Both programs are key to our vision for catalytic change in Otara and Mangere.  Both programs are being implemented in collaboration with other key community organisations in South Auckland; strengthening networks and tackling issues together. Kau mau te wehi TFN! Nga mihi, Sarah Longbottom.

 

The Funding Network event was a real turning point for Nga Rangatahi Toa.  It literally took us centre stage and opened us up to a new 'awesome' audience who embraced our work and our kids with open arms. The incredible generosity of the TFN audience members paved the way for us to scale our projects, empowering more vulnerable kids and their whanau to create a brighter future for themselves.

Thanks to TFN we have two pilot projects running in 2015. Saturday Skills, a free pre-tertiary community education program, and Art ACTion Connect, a culturally responsive mental health and mindfulness program co-designed with our rangatahi.  Both programs are key to our vision for catalytic change in Otara and Mangere.  Both programs are being implemented in collaboration with other key community organisations in South Auckland; strengthening networks and tackling issues together.

Kau mau te wehi TFN!

Nga mihi, Sarah Longbottom.