Charity research found more need for funds a result of COVID-19 Delta outbreak

The Covid-19 Community Needs research, by the Catalytic Foundation, shows Kiwi charities are under increasing pressure, managing a surge in demand with fewer resources.

The study had over 560 responses from charities across New Zealand and were conducted around periods of COVID-19 lockdown.

  1. First survey in March/April 2020 as NZ went into level 3-4
  2. Second survey in April/May 2020 as NZ moved out of level 4-3 to level 2.
  3. Third survey in July/August as NZ went into level 4  

Click Here for the 2021 Community Needs Research Report


Insights from the 2021 survey

    • Over 90% of charities reported that they were affected by Covid-19 (consistent with the two previous surveys)
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    • 73% reported an increase in demand for their services, which is an increase from the 48% reported in the previous survey.
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    • Having identified in the previous two surveys that “Additional funding” was the primary need of the charities, the latest survey highlighted “Operational costs and expenses”, “Additional financial support” and “Staff” as three immediate needs they need help with.
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    • Charities have reported an increase in the amount of financial support they need compared to previous surveys. The most significant change is in the upper bands of funding – over 25% selected 100k (compared to 11% in previous survey), 20% selected 50k (compared to 5% in previous survey), and 16% selected 10k (compared to 12% in previous survey), with the lower bands largely the same comparing the latest and previous survey.
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    • A new question in this year’s survey asked charities what resources they needed. The top three needs were for laptops (58%), followed by food (44%) then mobile phones (31%), which indicates the need for technology.
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    • There is a significant increase in the number of professional skilled volunteers and people needed to help with charity support services compared to the surveys run last year. This year’s survey showed 45% needing volunteers for charity support services, followed closely by professional skilled volunteers at 45% (compared this to the 17% from the previous survey and 12% before that).

Overview from the Catalytic Foundation Covid-19 Community Needs Surveys

Similar to last year, the research this year has identified that practically all nationwide charities have been affected by the pandemic and have an increased demand for their social services.

For many charities, obtaining additional funding is a primary need and the amount needed has increased compared to last year, largely due to operational costs/expenses, additional financial support and staff. On the last point, the need for professionally skilled volunteers and people to help with charity support services may be an indication that charities are short-staffed and low funded so rely more and more on unpaid helpers.

Lastly, the research has identified that charities need donations around tech (laptops and phones), as well as the more expected food and secondhand goods.

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Home & Family Christchurch - supporting the welfare of children

We want to acknowledge the team behind Home & Family who work with children, youth, adults and families in Christchurch facing challenges to build positive outcomes in their lives.

Home & Family has been in support of the Christchurch community for over 120 years. Some of the work that they do include:

  • Providing children home with whānau who cherish them, keep them safe and nurture their potential.
  • Residential parenting programme which has 24 hours supported accommodation for parents with children.
  • Help with affordable, professional and confidential counselling services for couples, youth and children.

Their work in the family violence sector aims to ensure that the voices of children and young people impacted by family violence are heard and their needs met.

"Post Lockdown we noticed a 30% increase in demand for our child therapy services.”
- Home & Family Christchurch

Catalytic Foundation is proud to support Home & Family with a grant to ensure that they can reach even more people in need. We would like to thank all the volunteers and staff for their amazing work through these tough times.

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


Age Concern Whanganui - supporting the elderly

Thank you to Age Concern Whanganui, a community based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the elderly.

Age Concern Whanganui offers a variety of services and information to help cater to the needs of older people, families, and communities in their area. Their wide range of services include: 

  • Calling service for people who don't like face to face interaction
  • Arranging transport and subsidising taxi fares for the elderly to make it easy for them to reach hospitals or their place of need.

Since the last two lockdowns, the charity has seen an increase in demand especially within the Elder Abuse Service and support services. Through their team of staff and volunteers, Age Concern Whanganui were able to provide support to over a thousand elderly people in need in the past year. This is an amazing accomplishment given the lockdowns and the current uncertain climate.

The Catalytic Foundation is really proud to have provided a grant to Age Concern Whanganui to support the incredible service they provide to the elderly in our community. We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers of Age Concern Whanganui who work tirelessly towards helping their community. 

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin - empowering people to take action

We want to acknowledge the Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin for the work they do in helping people know and understand their rights and obligations, and how to use this information to get the best results for their problems.

The Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin is about empowering people with the confidence and support they need to take action. They work towards building positive social change in the community. 

Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin work in various sectors and reach out to several people facing challenges. In the past year, they have provided:

  • 37 JP clinics in their community
  • Awareness about their services to the new refugees that have arrived at Red Cross
  • Radio recordings that provide settlement information for migrants.

With such extensive programmes, they help multiple migrants & former refugees in the community. They also organise free settlement information workshops for migrants. The workshops cover various topics such as employment, health and wellbeing in terms of ACC, Red Cross help during Covid-19 and currently, a workshop that covers visas and individuals’ rights amidst Covid-19.

The Catalytic Foundation is really glad to be able to support the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin. We are very thankful for their initiative and services for the community especially to the migrants and refugees.

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 

 


Fiordland Community House - servicing the Te Anau and Fiordland community

We want to thank the Fiordland Community House for their role in being a “hub of community services” for the Te Anau and Fiordland area.

The services that the Fiordland Community House offers include:  

  • Employment services
  • Heartland services
  • Community Health Shuttle
  • Community Family Worker
  • Counselling & Office/Meeting room hire
  • A variety of community information.

They also provide programmes such as Healthy Eating and Cooking on a Budget for young families. These programmes are well attended and proved to be beneficial for young single mothers who do not have family support in the area.

The community workers are actively involved in assisting the community garden distribution of produce to families in need. The community workers also carry out surveys for residents in the new retirement village so that they can get a better understanding of the social needs.

They often see a lot of changes and challenges in the community. Recently, they have seen an increase of people presenting more complex issues compared to before. They have also seen a rise in the number of individuals experiencing mental health issues due to the stress of unemployment, housing/rental costs, and financial difficulties. To manage the increase of issues, they have employed more staff so that they can assist people in the community experiencing these complex issues.

We at the Catalytic Foundation are glad to be of help to such an amazing charity, who are guiding so many people in our community towards a better and secure future. We would like to thank each, and every one of the members from Fiordland Community House for doing an incredible service to our community.

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


ChatBus Trust - providing counselling services to youth in Dunedin

ChatBus Trust is the safe place for children to go when they don’t want to talk or are unable to talk to anyone in their family circle.

ChatBus Trust is based in Dunedin. To be able to assist the youth in the community, ChatBus works with counsellors. In 2020, ChatBus had only 8 counsellors, but that number has since increased to 10. To help the ChatBus cause, the counsellors working with them are:

  • Professionally trained to help the youth understand difficult situations, while guiding them through it.
  • Based in schools and similar establishments.
  • Members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
  • Assigned to different communities in Dunedin that require their assistance.

It is very difficult to quantify a changed life, but they have many anecdotal stories of lives that have been changed by their experience at ChatBus. Chatbus is becoming an increasingly essential service requested by and offered by schools so that the children in the community can access counselling.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Chatbus Trust for guiding the kids of the Dunedin community. We know how hard it can be to organise and support such services, and Catalytic Foundation is proud to have supported them and be part of this amazing family.

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


Dunedin Curtain Bank Trust - upcycling curtains to warm up NZ homes

Thank you to the hardworking team behind the Dunedin Curtain Bank for keeping Kiwi homes warmer, one curtain at a time.  

Curtains make a significant difference to the warmth of a home. A third of all heat loss in a non-insulated home occurs through windows. Even double-glazed windows let out more heat than non-insulated walls. 

The Dunedin Curtain bank up-cycles unwanted and unused curtains, adding lining where appropriate, and then giving them out to those in need in the community. The charity relies heavily on volunteers to prepare the curtains. As well as relining the curtains, these volunteers also alter the curtains to size so that they're best fit for purpose and can be well suited to their function of keeping households warm through the winter.

Despite another COVID-19 lockdown, the Dunedin Curtain Bank have already exceeded the number of curtains expected to be given out to the community and there's still months to go. The Catalytic Foundation are happy to have supported this great cause, with the grant going towards helping to resource, train and support the growing team of volunteers. 

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust - mentoring life skills

We want to acknowledge the team behind the SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust and the work they do in providing a free, holistic mentoring support service for individuals and families in the community.

The SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust offer a one-on-one home-base support and group workshops to help families develop life skills, enabling people to help themselves. Specifically, they offer classes and programmes in the following:

  • Cooking, including understanding and implementing economical shopping, meal planning and food preparation
  • Basic sewing, knitting and mending
  • Gardening, growing fresh produce to serve on the family table
  • Household management and hygiene

Their ‘grans’ (community mentors) come from all walks of life and have life experience and practical skills to share. The mentoring service focuses on knowledge sharing of useful life skills and encouraging sustainable lifestyles. It is based on Te Whare Tapa Wha - the four cornerstones of Māori health. 

We at the Catalytic Foundation are really proud to be able to contribute towards the programmes being run by the SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust. The grant they received has helped to ensure that the charities worthwhile programmes can reach more in the community. 

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


Dunedin Night Shelter Trust - providing emergency accommodation for those in need

We'd like to acknowledge the team behind the Dunedin Night Shelter for providing free emergency accommodation to both men and women in need.

Located at 18 Lees Street, the Dunedin Night Shelter is open everyday from 6pm until 9am. The people who arrive at their shelter face a lot of challenges and a lack of resources. The Dunedin Night Shelter offers:

  • An evening meal
  • Showering facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • A warm and safe bed for the night
  • Breakfast and a chance to pack a lunch for the day. 

The Dunedin Night Shelter staff are made up of community workers. From April 2021 to August 2021, they hosted a total of 97 guests, 22 women and 75 men, for a total of 311 bed nights.

Recently, due to the recent COVID-19 lockdowns, they've had a need to increase the numbers of Night Supervisors. The grant they received through the Catalytic Foundation helped to ensure that the Dunedin Night Shelter was able to remain open, providing 24-hour accommodation under Levels 3 and 4. The Catalytic Foundation are proud to have helped this worthwhile charity, especially during these trying times. 

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most. 


Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust - committed to the safety of residents

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers of the Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust for creating unique and tailored safety programmes for your community.

The Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust is a regional branch of the nationwide charity Neighbourhood Support New Zealand. They work closely with New Zealand Police and like-minded partners to:

  • Create safe and caring neighbourhoods
  • Prevent crime in our communities
  • Build resilience and strengthen community connectedness 
  • Improve the quality of life and well-being for all

They provide various programmes and awareness campaigns such as Scam Savvy - an educational programme, providing information and resources to help prevent people from being victims of scams. The course was presented in partnership with a local bank, Age Concern, service clubs and retirement villages to create more awareness.

As Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust work in association with the local police department, most of their programmes are in response to the reports and crimes recorded in the neighbourhood which makes it more beneficial for the community.

The Catalytic Foundation are happy to have provided a grant to enable the work that you do to help improve the safety, resilience and wellbeing of your residents.

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most.