Described as a ‘local sanctuary’ and developed in response to the silent tragedies of depression and suicide in our community, Taranaki Retreat provides a safe place for community members needing support and time out from the pressure of their current circumstances.
The brain child of Jamie Allen and his wife Suzy who set up the retreat a little over a year ago now, it has provided much needed support for hundreds of Taranaki residents when they need it most.
It takes many hands to keep the retreat going, with dedicated support workers, as well as many other wellness and recreation-based professionals giving their time and knowledge to support every resident during their stay.
The retreat is committed to supporting the local community and to providing their service free of charge. In doing so, they rely on a range of fundraising activities, including sponsorship and donations. Todd Energy has recently joined their network of ‘allies’, providing regular support through funding the ongoing supply of natural gas to operate the facility.
“We’re proud to support this critical community outreach service” says Hamish McHaffie, Community Partnerships and Public Affairs Manager. “It’s great to know that our resources are contributing to the betterment of the local community and supporting community members in their time of need.”
The Todd Energy team also arranged a charity morning tea, where employees could show their support by way of donation and hear from the retreat founder Jamie Allen. Collectively the morning tea manged to raise over $380, which Jamie described as a helpful addition to their resources, “the money raised today will go towards the ongoing running of our support services, contributing towards things like our support workers fuel costs so that each resident gets the care and support they need to thrive after their stay.”
If you would like to support Taranaki Retreat and the hugely valuable service they provide in the local community please donate now.
If you or someone you know would benefit from this service please enquire via their website.