Since the 1st April, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) has been working with New World supermarkets, Hyundai New Zealand and Z Energy to ensure those who find it harder to get their groceries (such as the over 65’s & the medically vulnerable) are supported, through the SVA online shop & volunteer delivery service (www.shop.sva.org.nz).
As of 24 April 2020, both Plunket and the SVA are thrilled to announce that they’ve teamed up to help spread the word to parents who might be struggling to get their groceries - and with whānau and neighbours gradually returning to work as we move into Level 3, this need won’t be going away anytime soon.
“What we’ve learnt from disasters (both at home and abroad) is that it’s about planning for recovery”, says Sam Johnson, Founder & Chief Executive of the SVA. “We’re focused on using our incredible service that we’ve built to help as many people as possible - and what we’ve been hearing over the past week, is that those parenting alone, particularly of very young tamariki, are faced with challenging logistical situations. We wanted to work with a partner to help ease some of that burden.”
Johnson is a former trustee of the Plunket Foundation, so it was a natural first step to reach out to Aotearoa’s largest provider of support services for children under the age of 5 reaching over 85% of newborns. Plunket has been busy standing up its virtual services while ‘in person’ visits are suspended. Well Child Tamariki Ora checks are being conducted over the phone or via internet sessions using Zoom and PlunkletLine is available 24/7 service on 0800 933 922.
Plunket’s CEO Amanda Malu says this is a fantastic initiative and couldn't have come at a better time. “It’s situations like these when we realise we take everyday tasks like nipping out the shops for granted. Sole parents with young tamariki have been hit particularly hard so the offer from SVA to pick up groceries couldn’t have come at a better time.”
About the service
Volunteers shop and deliver groceries to households within their community and will pick the shopping at a New World store which opens early, especially for the SVA. The volunteer then delivers the shopping and will leave it at the customer's door – it’s a completely contactless process.
For more information, please contact Erin: firstname.lastname@example.org / 022.430.8043
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About Whānau Āwhina Plunket
If you have any further questions about Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s virtual services, please contact:
Chelsea Galpin, Senior Communications Advisor on 027 234 4998.
About the SVA
24 April 2020