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Shine volunteers honoured by Minister of Health

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Shine’s After-Hours Safety Team of 40 volunteer callout advocates have been judged the Community/NGO Health Service Award winner in the 2013 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. The awards recognise the contributions of individuals, organisations and community groups that volunteer within New Zealand's health and disability sector.

Minister of Health Tony Ryall presents Shine with their award on 18 June, during National Volunteering Week. Shine’s Kingsland office is hosting the recognition ceremony for all the Upper North Island area awardees nominated in the Community, Public, Maori, Pacific and Youth categories.

According to Shine’s Executive Director Jane Drumm, "Our After-Hours Volunteer Advocates often come face-to-face with victims with serious and horrible injuries or other health issues - such as multiple broken limbs, contusions, cuts, burns and mental issues -- which make communication difficult and stressful. Yet this team of women meet this challenge head-on, making it a part of their daily life to help victims of domestic abuse, to give them a chance of a better, happier, safer future."

The role of Shine’s After Hours Safety Team is to immediately respond to victims of domestic abuse referred by the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) and Police during evenings and weekends, making it possible for Shine to provide urgent support for victims 24/7. These volunteers visit victims in hospital, at home or at a police station within hours of receiving a phone referral. Bridgit, who has been volunteering for the past eight years, says, "Supporting people to think through the options they have and how they want their life to be is enormously satisfying. When women discover that there are services out there that can offer support and feel hopeful about a violence-free future for them and their kids, that’s magic." ENDS

Shine makes New Zealand homes violence free. We are a leading national agency providing a range of specialist services all aimed at assisting victims of domestic abuse to become safer and preferably remain in their own home.

Shine’s Free Helpline: 0508 744 633

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