Who is Aviva and Why Have We Partnered with Them?

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Our first charitable partner is Aviva, who first formed as the Christchurch Women’s Refuge in 1972. They have evolved since then, and now support children and men by providing specialist family violence services to individuals and families.Aviva was New Zealand’s first women’s refuge, and helped to trigger the development of dozens of other refuge’s throughout the country. We think their story is really important, and their depth of experience in supporting those needing help is what we found so important, and what made us want to do what we could to support them.
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Aviva is located in a co-working space named The Loft, where they are able to work closely with like-minded agencies who believe in the power of all people to shape their own journeys if given the right support. This means that not only are we supporting Aviva through our social enterprise, but also these other important agencies.When we talked to Julie McCloy from Aviva, she shared with us a powerful insight into families struggling to make ends meet:
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“Experience of family violence is often accompanied by financial exclusion, and when you are struggling to pay for rent and food, the recurring cost of sanitary items is a real burden. The reality is that these items are a necessity that many women on limited incomes simply cannot afford. The Monthly Co. project is a way to ensure that no woman is further marginalised financially and socially simply because of a biological necessity.”
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She also talked about how they distribute donated goods on a regular basis to those who need goods desperately:
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“we most often need donations of the things that people have to spend money on repeatedly, every week/month, and particularly those things that are disposable – chief among these are toilet paper, sanitary products, and food, and most of those aren’t optional! Those items are always in demand. Whenever we’ve been gifted sanitary products they go very, very quickly. One of the biggest needs we see for people coming in through The Loft doors is for food – if people can’t afford food for the weekend for their family (Friday is our biggest day of demand), there is no way they can afford $10 for a few tampons.”
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Julie McCloy Aviva
Julie McCloy - Aviva