Grab a Grandie - share your family! By Jo Hayes

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Does your family need support? Perhaps friendship or someone to help with the kids? Or is your family new to New Zealand and you need support or friendship? Maybe you are retired now and your children have moved away or overseas, and you are missing their company and the grandchildren?


Our Story

My name is Jo Hayes and I arrived in New Zealand some 13 years ago on my OE adventure. It was hard even then, leaving my family for what I’d planned to be just a year... I never had any intention of staying here - I was too much of a “family” girl.

But then I fell in love with the country, the lifestyle, and the people – who wouldn’t? Fast forward to 2015... suddenly finding myself alone with 2 young children to raise and no family support in NZ. I felt lost, isolated and with nowhere to turn and no one to turn to... I didn’t have the family support network that many of us take for granted and this was something I craved - the bond, the connection, and the support. 

After several months of soul searching and lots of conversations over a cuppa or a glass of wine with my friends; an idea popped into my head and I couldn't shake it - what if I could find myself a surrogate family in NZ?

And rather by accident, I did! And now it is my mission to create that same family support network for others. Thus, Surrogate Grandparents - New Zealand was born!

 

What is Surrogate Grandparents?   

Surrogate Grandparents is a non-profit organisation in its infancy. We need your help to get us to the next stage in our development. At its core, Surrogate Grandparents will be a platform that enables families to connect with a surrogate grandparent in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds.

 

What problems are we helping to solve?

Feeling isolated and alone is much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. These are serious issues in New Zealand and not just for our older generations... Isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis. 

 

How can Surrogate Grandparents help?

Surrogate Grandparents can be the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.  

 

Make this dream a reality... 

In order to make this dream happen, we need as many people to pledge as possible. We have set the target at $20k but the more we raise – the more families we can help!

But hey, there’s no pressure... donate as much or as little as you can afford. We won’t love you any less either way! However, we would love it if you could share this campaign with your family & friends – perhaps there is someone you know who could benefit from our service?

We REALLY need your help to make this work! We know soooo many people want it; we’ve had lots of emails and messages of love, encouragement, and support since we launched our Facebook page some 6 months ago. Now we just need the financial support to make it a reality.

Help us so that we can help you! 

Much love.

Mwah, Jo x

 

New Partnership with Verisafe: 

We are excited to announce that we have a new partnership with Verisafe - an app that helps keep Kiwis safe. Verisafe assists people working alone; exposed to violence or abuse; those alone & vulnerable to illness/accidents and people waiting in transit on business trips or vacations. 

We are thankful to have been gifted another fantastic reward as a result of this partnership. We are now offering 12 month subscriptions to the Verisafe App when you pledge $75+. This is a heavily discounted price. Pledge now and get this amazing reward! 

Find out more about the app at: https//www.verisafe.co

 

What you get by pledging: 

We have some great rewards gifted by some amazing family-run organisations. You can find them to the right. There are rewards from toys to photography shoots - all great gifts that families will love!

We are also offering lifetime memberships at a special once-only price, so if you want to be part of something special – now is the time! We also have a 'Sponsor a family/grandie' reward if you know someone who could really benefit from a surrogate but doesn't have the $$$'s to fund it. Giving to someone special is the ultimate reward, right?

We also have gift vouchers available to go towards membership if you can’t fund a complete membership right now.

And what else do you get? Well, you can rest easy in the knowledge that YOUR pledge is helping one of the many families, or members of our older population in New Zealand that need it to receive the extra support, love & companionship in their lives that we all crave!   

Thank you so much for all your love and support. We could not do it without YOU! 

 

Also thanks to our GENEROUS Sponsors - Good Grazing, The German Toy Store, Michelle Fistonich Photography, Elizabeth White Photography, and Verisafe.

Good Grazing The German Toy Store Michelle Fistonich Photography Elizabeth White Photography Verisafe

What will the money be used for?

As I'm sure you can imagine, setting up a Charitable Trust takes a lot of time, money and effort - so much so that I will be eating beans on toast for the next 3 months... (Lol, I jest!) The time and effort goes without saying - that is what I am here to do; however, the funding to get this off the ground is imperative and that's why we are here!

The money we raise will be used for a number of things. The main focus for the $20,000 target will be enabling us to build a platform that will connect families and surrogate grandparents together. This will help to take the administrative burden from me. It will also help to automate a number of functions of the service in order to enable YOU the families & surrogate grandparents/aunties/uncles or whatever you want to call yourselves - to search locally for your own surrogates. It will be a matching site for families & grandparents. But don't worry, we will still have all the security in place. No one will be accepted into the programme without being police checked first. Your safety and wellbeing is paramount.  

How you can help?

Basically, every $ you can give will make a difference. We need people like you to start building the village, and the village is made up of people who work together and support each other. With your support and effort - we will raise the money needed to get this off the ground. And you can support us by pledging, joining our community, sharing this project with your family/friends and social & business networks. We really appreciate all of your love and support!  

You need us and we need you - so please help us by pledging TODAY!

 

For more info:

Visit our website: www.surrogategrandparents.org.nz

Follow us on Facebook: Surrogate Grandparents - New Zealand

Follow us on Instagram: @sgrandiesnz

 

This campaign would not have been possible without the awesome and generous help of the team at Blue Eye Deer, Incognito Design & Grant from CAW Video.   

 

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Updates

    Watch us on TVNZ Breakfast show this morning 21/07/2017

    09:09PM Fri 21/07/17 on Grab a Grandie - share your family!

    This morning I had the honour, along with my surrogate mum, Susan Doak, of being interviewed on TVNZ Breakfast about the cause and what we are hoping to achieve - for those of you who may have missed it, please enjoy!

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     New Partnership with Verisafe: 

    09:31PM Thu 06/07/17 on Grab a Grandie - share your family!

    We are excited to announce that we have a new partnership with Verisafe - an app that helps keep Kiwis safe. Verisafe assists people working alone; exposed to violence or abuse; those alone & vulnerable to illness/accidents and people waiting in transit on business trips or vacations. 

    We are thankful to have been gifted another fantastic reward as a result of this partnership. We are now offering 12 month subscriptions to the Verisafe App when you pledge $75+. This is a heavily discounted price. Pledge now and get this amazing reward! 

    Find out more about the app at: https//www.verisafe.co

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