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
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