I've been thinking a lot lately - and I think about it a lot in general - about what exactly it is that the Aunties do. And what I do. Not the logistics or the practical everyday stuff, but the exact nature of the spirit of it. What helping is, and is that what we … Continue reading Companionship in compassion
A number of years ago - not quite 5, but more than 2 - I met the wondrous Michele A'Court. We'd been communicating online, making a friendship as you do. I think, if memory serves me (which it doesn't very often seeing I'm in my early 50's and menopause is A Thing), that she brought … Continue reading Stand Up For The Aunties
July was all about trips for the kids, meeting extraordinary humans and shopping. Let’s start with the shopping – it happens in two ways. Auntie Jackie took nine women to the Aunties storage unit which we use like a shop, except that no-one pays for anything. People get to choose what they want from our … Continue reading What the Aunties Did – July 2017
I've been doing this work for around 4 1/2 years and I've learned a few things about women's refuges. One of those things is how women's refuges in NZ actually operate - the structure of that, and what it looks like. I do not work for any women's refuges or for the National Collective of … Continue reading How women’s refuges in NZ operate – and why your local refuge needs your support.
Today was one of those special days. I am privileged to have them more than most people, and I live in the joy and beauty of them. It all started a couple of months ago when I met a woman and her teenaged girls at the refuge. There had been terrible things happen, and they … Continue reading Community shopping #empowershop
An update, and an apology from Auntie Michele. Part of my job as Aunties Chair is to keep you all updated with what has been achieved each month but I’ve been swanning about on the other side of the world for a bit and have missed officially reporting back for a few weeks. Auntie Jackie, … Continue reading What the Aunties did. May Edition