Aviva and Pillars do our sector proud

Photo: Kirk Hargreaves, Chch Press

Photo: Kirk Hargreaves, Chch Press

Big heads up to Nicola and team at Aviva being named the region’s top charity in the medium-to-large category at the annual business awards in Christchurch last night. Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women’s Refuge) was the first Refuge in the city and have a proud tradition of supporting women and children since 1973. Latterly they have ventured into the area of working with men  through their Reach Out programme. This was piloted in North Canterbury in 2012 and successfully rolled out in Christchurch last year.

An equally fantastic effort from Verna and the team from Pillars who scooped the Champion Canterbury Award for charity in the small category. Pillars has also been a significant player in the lives of children whose parents are in prison. Through its mentoring and prison activities centres, it help children to stay connected to their parent. Family/whanau connection is certainly a protective factor that contributes to desistance from crime.

Published on Thursday, September 18th, 2014, under What Ken thinks

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