I have been speaking about this for years. And I will continue to talk about it, shout about it, because it's incredibly important. Don't give us your shit. I mean it. Other charities don't say it so rudely, they never say it at all because they're too afraid of losing donors. I don't care, to … Continue reading Why it’s really important for your donations to be in immaculate condition, and smell nice.
What a year it's been eh? A really big year for The Aunties, and for me personally. Everything has changed, and nothing. I no longer work with women in any refuge, but with my community whānau, and the people who are there to support women through their organisations. But I still have my girls - … Continue reading Thanks To You
What a night. So. What's Stand Up For The Aunties? Three years ago, give or take, I met Michèle A'Court - famed comedian, author and raconteur, dontcha know - on Twitter, and we just sort of gravitated toward one another. As our friendship blossomed, she said she wanted to do a comedy gig for the … Continue reading #StandUpForTheAunties
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
A while ago, in the refuge, I met a young woman with her mum. She's 16. and when I met her she was shut down. Closed face, hardened. Staunch. Things happened, and her mum has disappeared, so she's living, with her sister, with a caregiver - a wonderful older woman, with a large family who … Continue reading Double Vision