MSCCT included in the 2018 AMI Community Grants.
Matariki Stars Community Charitable Trust’s first project is to establish a community co-working space with supervised playroom for Mum’s & Dads. Together with a range of social & business support network, offering a range of social and business workshops, in Te Puke, Bay of Plenty. Our aim / vision is to lift working poor out of poverty, to connect and build more sustainable and resilient communities to grow and flourish.
We aim to help increase financial literacy, economic and social well-being for every day Mums and Dads who are (self starters; entrepreneurs / in work and/or in study) working from home struggling with day to day work/life problems, demands, balance, sustainability and loneliness.
These projects are about promoting practical, positive mental health activities while building strong and sustainable economic futures.
Our business and family lives are often inescapable. We know that it takes a community to raise a child; therefore we desperately need strong parents and families, as much as we need strong healthy businesses that allow us all to grow strong and resilient communities.
One project proposed is a series of “HERE I CARE – HAIR CARE workshops” for Dads and daughters ‘hair up – hair care’ workshops and a concurrent Tane & Tamariki ‘hair care n cut’ series of workshops, intended to offer usable and transferable skills while connecting and building stronger relationships as a platform for strengthening mental health, fitness and well-being. Another project is a series of regular ‘courage coffee meet-ups’ & ‘share your gold type meet-ups’ where business operators can meet, share, and offer support to each other be enable collaborative safe communities where we feel safe to share our skills or discuss solutions to struggles experienced in our ever changing social and business environments.
“Self employed are often lonely – Isolation from meaningful human social and business connections is frequently cited by self-employed business operators biggest contributor for mental health problems.”
Childcare: There are a lot of co-working spaces popping up around the country and are growing in popularity. Most co-working spaces are located in major towns or cities and while popular, most do not cater for childcare options for more flexible and unpredictable needs to provide for children. In my experience of working as a self-employed parent, frequently working 7 days per week including out of hours, traditional childcare options do not work well, often inaccessible, and prohibitively inconvenient and expensive for most self-employed, some options are of poor quality. My experiences have been confirmed by a number of other working parents who have visited our playroom trials recently. The online support has been very encouraging, we are also looking to engage in services from suitably trained child care agency, social support service or positive parenting group. This will offer a safety and security of knowledge and practice that children are under the same roof while being supervised, to best enable parents to take care of all the work they need to.
- the location is in a regional town – Te Puke, Bay of Plenty (highest growth area in NZ)
- Grassroots bootstrapping motivated entrepreneurs
- High seasonal work employers in kiwifruit industry
- Generally very low average incomes in BOP around $26,000 PA
- High flexibility of hours and days of week required
- Increased connections and facilitation of community collaboration
- High and complex business support needs
- Inclusion of more holistic and inclusive social and health support needs to support mental health stresses especially in the male regional 40+ aged workforce (highest suicide rates recorded in this age group especially in the rural sector)
- Inclusion of children for self-employed and business for Mum’s and Dad’s
- Inclusion of familial social, educational and health supports to empower families and to enable stronger more resilient workforce
- Progressive, sustainable living and well-being for all
- Very high positive social and economic impacts envisioned