Give a Truly Special Christmas Gift

23rd of November, 2017

This year you can spread the happiness of helping by buying an Aviva gift certificate to give to a loved one, showing how you’ve made someone else’s life safer on their behalf.

Purchasing a gift certificate just takes three easy steps

1. Choose the gift certificate you would like to give this Christmas. See options below.

2. Email taasev@avivafamilies.org.nz with details of the gift certificate you wish to gift and the name of the recipient.

3. Make a payment into the Aviva bank account using your name as a reference.

Bank: Kiwibank
Account Name: Aviva
Account Number: 38-9017-0823864-00
Please include your name as the reference. 

4. Once payment is received we will email you a pdf of the personalised gift certificate which you can print off to give to the recipient or pass on via email.

If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate but are unable to email us or pay electronically, please call 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669) to discuss other options.


 

For the families we work with Christmas is usually not a great time of year – many actually dread it. We know that like us, you want to make a difference and make the homes of children safer this holiday season. When you are thinking of gifts to give, perhaps you could also help some of the people who need Aviva.

Options include:

  • $25 to ‘Ease a Child’s Fear’ – this buys Worry Dolls and other resources to support children attending an education group. Learn more here.
  • $40 to ‘Keep a Family Safe and Connected’ - buys an emergency mobile phone for a client at high risk of repeat family violence. Learn more here.
  • $60 to ‘Answer the Call for Help’ - this ensures our 24-hour support line is answered during the night. Learn more here.
  • $100 to ‘Make the Children Smile’ - $100 can provide resources and food (children’s favourite part of group!) for our Tamariki education programmes. Learn more here.
  • $150 to ‘Keep a Family at Home this Christmas’ – that’s all it takes to help a family stay safely in their own home this Christmas by providing a home security check and a personal alarm. Learn more here.

How can your gift help?

$25 to ‘Ease a Child’s Fear’ $25 buys Worry Dolls and other resources to support children attending an education group

Your generosity can bring happiness and reduce the fear and confusion that children overcoming their experiences of family violence often feel. I can’t think of a more special Christmas gift than that!

How does this gift help?

Worry Dolls and Boxes are given to children who attend the 10-week Tamariki programme, which helps children that have been exposed to family violence to discover their strengths, value and self-reliance, and to realise that a better, safer life is possible. The Worry Boxes have tiny dolls inside them. Children are encouraged to deal with anxiety by telling the dolls their worries or fears (they are reminded that big worries and fears also need to be talked over with actual people though!). One mother who used our service several years ago reports that her son, aged eight, still used his Worry Dolls when things such as school bothered him.

 ‘I went through the (Tamariki) programme 4 years ago and it changed my life. I believe the course taught me what I am allowed to do and the rights others have, and that it has opened me up to support others in the same situation.

Every time I feel concerned or worried I will hold the Worry Doll I was given on the course and the problem will be gone.

I would like to thank all those in the organisation working to help others in need as it does leave a positive impact on their lives. I hope that in the future I can do something to support you. Thanks a lot.’

Tamariki programme participant

 

$40 to ‘Keep a Family Safe and Connected’

$40 buys an emergency mobile phone for a client at high risk of repeat family violence

For most, Christmas is a joyous time to connect with the ones we love. For some of our clients, Christmas will not be such a happy occasion. Your generosity will provide an emergency mobile phone that will keep them connected to the support that could actually save their lives this Christmas.

How does this gift help?

Those living with family violence often feel isolated from their support networks and, through controlling behaviours of their partner, can be left without the resources to keep themselves safe. By providing vulnerable clients with a mobile phone they are able to contact the police in case of emergency and reduce the risk of further harm. It also ensures that the Aviva team can keep in touch with them and they are better able to stay connected with their family and friends, reducing the isolation and fear that can occur when trying to move past a violent relationship.

‘I just feel very grateful the service was offered so freely. It made me feel a lot safer.’

Aviva Client

 

$60 to ‘Answer the Call for Help’

$60 ensures our 24-hour support line is answered during the night

Creating a life free from violence is not an easy journey and often the hardest step is the first, reaching out for help. We know that it’s vital to be there, 24 hours a day, to respond to that call and you can help to make that happen this Christmas.

How does this gift help?

Our 0800 AVIVA NOW line ensures that children, young people, women and men who have experienced violence, and/or used it, can access support whenever and wherever they need it. This ensures that those most vulnerable to violence in our community get the urgent support they need, any time of any day or night.

This phone line is often the first point of contact through which people access the range of local services they need. Following the February 2011 earthquake, calls to this number rose by over 50% and they have been sustained at that level ever since. Our after-hours team deal with people who are extremely emotionally – and often, physically – vulnerable, and so ensuring support is there at any time is extremely important in helping people to become safe.

“When people call, they realise that this confidential conversation will lead to the support they need. It can take weeks of courage and lots of personal energy to make that call; I appreciate how hard it is to pick up a phone and talk to a stranger and I thank them for that. I reassure them that what they’re feeling is a normal response to this abnormal situation. You do hear some difficult things but it’s important that we as a service can be part of that - crises don’t just happen 9am – 5pm.”

Aviva Support Line Worker

 

$100 to ‘Make the Children Smile’

$100 can make children overcoming family violence smile by providing resources and food for our education programmes

Christmas is a time to come together and share kai with the ones you love. Food is an important part of our children’s education programme too; you should see the smiles when it’s kai time! By providing resources and food for our children’s education programmes you can help spread some Christmas joy throughout the year.

How does this gift help?

Through the Tamariki programme we help children that have been exposed to family violence to discover their strengths, value and self-reliance, and to realise that a better, safer life is possible. Children are taught how to recognise abuse and where the responsibility for abusive behaviour belongs; this is often a huge relief for them, to realise that it is not their fault or responsibility. They are helped to develop their own support plans; learn about positive and acceptable behaviours and ways of expressing emotion; and experience a growing sense of safety and confidence. For every group we put on morning tea (without a doubt the children’s favourite part of each session!) They get a treat and some healthy food too, and it makes them feel very special.

‘I went through the (Tamariki) programme 4 years ago and it changed my life. I believe the course taught me what I am allowed to do and the rights others have, and that it has opened me up to support others in the same situation.

Every time I feel concerned or worried I will hold the Worry Doll I was given on the course and the problem will be gone.

I would like to thank all those in the organisation working to help others in need as it does leave a positive impact on their lives. I hope that in the future I can do something to support you. Thanks a lot.’

Tamariki programme participant

 

$150 to ‘Keep a Family at Home this Christmas’

$150 can help a family stay safely in their own home this Christmas by providing a home security check and a personal alarm.

Don’t you just love spending Christmas at home surrounded by all the special people in your life? Life isn’t like that for every family, but your generosity could make this dream a reality another family in our community. What a priceless gift to give!

How does this gift help?

Being safe in your own home – your own refuge from the world and its worries – is something most of us take for granted. For many of our clients, the reality is exactly opposite. Through the Shine safe@home programme, Aviva provides physical security upgrades and alarms to the homes of those at highest risk of repeat family violence enabling hundreds of vulnerable adults and their children to stay in their homes, safely. This service is a more sustainable, and fairer, option than having to leave home and enter a temporary safe house. It allows families to stay in their own homes, continue to attend work and school, and be surrounded by their support network of family, friends and neighbours. We have made more than three times as many people safe in their own home than we would have done in a safe house, and our client self-evaluations show that they, and their children, are not only safer, but experiencing vastly improved wellbeing as a result.

“The kids were quite scared that he would come back and hurt us, and I was sleeping with a golf club next to the bed. I thought, ‘right, it’s time to get help’ and I reported him to Police. Soon after I was called by Aviva – they moved really fast, it was amazing.

Now I have a personal alarm on me and the security measures such as the peephole and extra locks have made me and the kids feel a lot safer. We haven’t had an incident since and we’re all sleeping better. When the violence was going on, my five year old was having behavioural issues, playing up and being aggressive at school; that’s all stopped now, and he’s calm again.”

Aviva Shine safe@home client