“The Wellington Homeless Problem” is a phrase that’s being used a lot at the moment. More & more street people seem to appear to ask for change and sleep rough on our streets. Everyone has an opinion but the streeties themselves are the only ones not being heard. Joining us this week were Zap & A.K, former streeties who now advocate for the current street life. Listen in to hear their take on why some people choose the street, what long term solutions are available and how the public should interact with street beggars.
#Why Music is the question at the heart of local charity, One Percent Collective’s, latest generosity journal. Joining host Martin Andrews this week was OPC Chief Doer Of Things, Pat Shepherd, to discuss how the generosity of music and musicians can translate into everyday giving by all walks of life.
The Wellington Family Support Hub is a new clinic in Newtown founded by Liora Noy and Dr Rona Carroll. Listen to our interview with Liora to learn about the services that new families can get there. She speaks about breastfeeding, mum’s mental health, and getting dad involved!
Liora also speaks about the challenges for mothers in the refugee camps in Greece. She has been there volunteering as a lactation consultant, and seen first-hand the difficulty these mothers face. You can help support children and mothers in refugee camps here:
They also chatted about the other great products that can help you keep warm this winter, including their Curtain Bank that helps those in need get custom made curtains free of charge.
Listen to the interview below:
And for more information, visit their website.
We recently welcomed Benjamin Johnson into the studio from The Free Store, Wellington.
I have to say that weekly we (as B-Side Stories hosts) are regularly inspired by our guests, but both Mike and I left the studio on Tuesday evening absolutely buzzing from talking to Benjamin. I have since excitedly told everybody I’ve come into contact with today – all about The Free Store and how it works, and how easy it is to volunteer. What was most compelling was Benjamin’s statements on community ownership of the project and his view of how these small acts of generosity, be it time, money, surpluss food, or skills – they all help create better communities, which in turn create a better New Zealand. If you’re not hooked on listening to the interview already, checkout what Benjamin had to say below.
“It was a small act of generosity, but if every single day, people acted in those sorts of ways, imagine the communities we would be a part of; they’d be so beautiful. What I love about The Free Store – it’s a small, little thing, but I guess it’s a picture of what we hope to see on a bigger scale throughout our communities in New Zealand where people respect each other, care for each other, and are generous with each other, and hopefully – the world will be better because of it.”
Checkout the interview here:
B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews is joined by Marie & Nic, the founders of Good Bitches Baking. GBB recently celebrated their one year anniversary providing home baking to the less fortunate living in Wellington, having recruited over 500 keen bakers and spread to eight cities around New Zealand. Marie & Nic discuss the birth and growth of their charitable trust and their desire “to make the world a little bit less shitty”.