Mental health and addictions charities and community groups get share of $200K to support people through impacts of
$200,000 in funding has been allocated to 16 charities and community groups, to help support people living with mental
health and addictions challenges who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Funded by the Ministry of Health, the Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund is being administered by the Mental Health Foundation who recently called for applications for grants for up to $20,000
“These grants will help charities and community groups across Aotearoa keep their communities connected, supported and
informed with updates about the impacts of COVID-19 so they can stay well,” said Robyn Shearer, Deputy Director-General
Mental Health and Addiction.
The charities and groups who have received funding support a wide range of communities who are at more risk in the wake
of COVID-19 including older people, Mâori, Pasifika, new parents, young people, rural communities, rainbow and Asian
communities and people with a background as migrants and refugees. The winning charities and groups are spread across
Aotearoa’s geographical centres and regions, and their funded services and initiatives are community-led by design.
“Communities have a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources that are best suited to the people they are there to help.
Communities know what they need. That’s why funds like this are so important in supporting communities to help
themselves,” said Ms Shearer.
The Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund has been welcomed by mental health and addictions-focused charities and community groups at a time when need has been
high and people in need of assistance isolated.
“Under conditions of high stress and uncertainty, we’ve been impressed with how deftly charities and community groups
have pivoted their services during COVID-19 to help those of us living with mental health and addictions challenges
shine. The Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund is a much-needed boost for these groups that will allow them to continue, or start to, support, connect and inform
diverse communities in the ways that work best for them,” said Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive of the Mental Health
The Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund is designed to help charities and community groups support their communities over the coming three months, which
continues to be a time of uncertainty for many.
The services and initiatives funded include Mâori counselling and support services for rural communities; weekly support
programmes for men; arts therapy for children; online engagement and connection activities for Pasifika communities; a
perinatal depression recovery programme for new mothers; community programmes enabling whânau to assist loved ones in
their recovery; programmes helping older people to access online resources and services; translated resources around
support services in seven Asian languages; a digital peer support programme for young women of colour and a community
support group led by people identifying as both rainbow and a refugee or asylum seeker.
The 16 recipient organisations are:
1. Able Charity Trust, Dunedin
2. Akaroa Resource Collective Trust, Akaroa Heartlands
3. Asian Family Services, Auckland/Wellington
4. Creative Kids Trust Board, Blenheim
5. Family Support Services Kaiwaka/Mangawhai Inc, Kaiwaka/Mangawhai/Maungatoroto/ Wellsford
6. He Waka Taiora, South Auckland
7. Loss and Grief Support Trust, Southland
8. Mother’s Helpers, Auckland
9. Nga Manga Puriri Trust, Northland
10. Pacific Island Synod, Nationwide
11. Rainbow Path, Auckland/Wellington
12. Te Aroha Noa Community Services, Palmerston North
13. Te Poho Collective- supported by Mahitahi Trust, Nationwide
14. Te Roopu Taurima, South Auckland
15. Turning Point Trust, Tauranga
16. Waiheke Adult Literacy Inc, Waiheke Island