in the time leading up to a crisis, during a crisis and in the recovery stage, the needs of our community members are many and varied. In This Together is here to receive requests and ideas and match them to the best possible person to assist.
Please know that there are no right or wrong requests for help, and at no stage do we want you to feel bad for asking. Without doubt there will be people in the community that need help more than you, but at the same time we have plenty of people willing to assist.
Types of requests
Listed below are some of the requests for help that we aim to meet. Some of these are very small tasks, some are big, but each task is important to the person asking for help.
Here are some examples of the types of needs we aim to meet:
Asking for help
New Zealanders are a proud people and sometimes it’s against our nature to ask for help. And in times of crisis we may feel that we don’t want to be a burden. Stress levels can be high, and having the question “should I ask for help?” bouncing around in our heads can make things even harder.
Here are three important points for you to remember:
- People are ready and willing to help you
- No request is too big or too small
- You can trust us to ensure that those who need help the most will receive it first.
Natural disasters, crime and terrorist events and pandemics are unsettling times. During these times we tend to focus on the practical tasks that need doing. Are people safe? Does everyone have food and shelter? Are the supply chains working ok? These are our first priorities as a community.
But in a slow-moving emergency, emotional wellbeing is equally important, for all members of society. This can be doubly hard to achieve in a pandemic situation where we are also required to isolate from each other. In This Together seeks to help in this situation too, by providing outreach and companionship services to all members of our community. We humans are social creatures and we need to maintain those levels of social contact to keep ourselves on an even keel.