Bellyful New Plymouth
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I live in an old villa with my husband, two boys and our fluffy Bernese Mountain dog named Lola. We moved back to my hometown of New Plymouth six months after our first son was born so we could be closer to family. I began volunteering about 10 years ago with different groups as a way to connect with other adults and have a conversation that was outside the realms of baby talk or negotiating with a toddler.
The ethos behind Bellyful really resonated with me on a personal level. As a first-time mother living in Auckland and without a support network to fall back on, I felt incredibly alone in my struggle. I wish I’d had access to an organisation such as Bellyful to provide some relief when grappling with post-natal depression and a sickly baby.
I love volunteering as there’s nothing quite like giving without any expectation of receiving something in return. The impact of small gestures can have such an immeasurable impact on someone’s day when they are at their lowest and it’s an absolute privilege to give back to the community and those parents in need.
Katey is an experienced Visual Arts & Technology Teacher with a Masters in Arts & Design. She has a long history of running art and craft workshops at various places including many pop up shops, our local Govett Brewster Art Gallery and WOMAD for the past four years.
In 2023 Katey was the event coordinator for the Taranaki Women’s Refuge Pop-Up Clothing Shop. She enjoyed this role so much and after it ended wanted to keep contributing to the local community and is now job sharing the role of the Branch Coordinator with Leah who she worked with at the refuge.
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National charity Bellyful seeks Stratford volunteers to deliver helping hand
Bellyful’s New Plymouth branch wants to expand meal deliveries to the Stratford area but needs a team of local drivers to make the deliveries.
“We’d love to bring Bellyful’s practical support to whānau in Stratford,” says New Plymouth beach co-ordinator Lynley Stringer.
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