The Well - Very first Wellbeing Gym in Aotearoa.

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The Well - Very First Wellbeing Gym In Aotearoa.

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Kia ora !

We are CoLiberate - a Wellington based social enterprise who are raising funds to help accelerate the launch of The Well - our mental health and wellbeing gym in the middle of Wellington City!!

After 5 years running various iterations of a Mental Health gym throughout Wellington City, we are raising funds to launch  our permanent service! Our vision is to create a gym culture for mental health which is just as valued as physical health and fitness culture.  We have teamed up with two/fiftyseven on Willis St and secured a long term lease on a sweet as spot above Unity books. We’ve hired a strong, connective, and empathetic team to run the service.. We’re now pulling together the final  threads towards our launch date…and this is where you come in. We have validated the need for this service and rallied around a crowd eager for this to launch big, and succeed...

 

… and currently, money is our biggest set back to launching asap. We  know if we can raise these funds, we can pull together the final parts and open much sooner than planned - setting up The Well to live a sustainable, long life  of epic impact!

It doesn’t stop here… we have big plans to  expand our vision for the future! We don’t want to only run in Wellington, as we know this innovative solution and proactive wellbeing service is needed all throughout the country. We want to bring The Well to towns and communities all throughout Aotearoa.  Let’s start here first! With your help, we can achieve this.

Just like it's the little convos that can make the biggest difference… so can your donation and support.

Read on for the longer story and to hear more about why we believe The Well - the equivalent of a gym but for mental health and wellbeing - is one of the solutions towards a happier, healthier, and more well New Zealand.

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What is The Well?

 

 

 

At The Well, we value mental health as much as physical health. This space is dedicated to helping people connect with their mind, body, and soul with their everyday experiences.

 

Sharing experiences, reflecting and expressing emotions, exploring different ways to share how we are in this world - where do you ever get the space to really give yourself permission to do this?

 

We know that your wellbeing cup can easily run dry without proper care. In the same way that a well nourishes a village, The Well is a place to fill back up. Being able to develop sustainable wellbeing strategies in a fun, caring and intentional way means you can take leaps, ask for that promotion, run that marathon... live your best life knowing that support is... well, right here!

 

Read the Origin Story here >>>

See the Website here >>>

 

The Well is powered by CoLiberate and nestled within two/fiftyseven

 

Just like a Gym or a Yoga studio - you can have a membership to belong! You can come along whenever you want to! We will be running 10 sessions every single week - early mornings, lunch hour, and early evenings. We will also run one-off retreat-style events on the weekends that align with the weekly timetable.

 

Who is it for?

This is for anyone and everyone. If you are motivated to proactively engage with your mental wellbeing in a place where it is accepted, normal -  even cool to do so, that The Well is the place for you. You can bring your mates. You can bring your mum. In the past, we've had grandparents, social workers, office workers, joe blogs, boyfriends, people with lived experience, people who are just realising that mental health is the current conversation, public servants, students... people with all sorts of valid reasons to connect with themselves and each other.  No matter what your experience is, or where you identify on the continuum of mental health, you are welcome to participate and engage in the way you want. 

 

Membership is designed to help you make your wellbeing a weekly practice and habit. 

Booking casual one-off sessions is also welcome.

 

Each session is specifically designed and invites you to:

 

  

The sessions take different forms - it may looks like: Reflective Writing, Mindfulness, Moving and Grooving, Games, Play-based, Theatre, Yoga, Meditation, Talk circles, wellbeing theme exploration and more! We think variety is key. By offering a wide range of session offerings, we believe there can be something for everyone.

 

Read more here: https://www.thewellwgtn.co.nz/

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewell_wgtn


The detailed Story / The Opportunity

Mental Health and Wellbeing solutions are high on  the public agenda. COVID-19 has meant record numbers of people are requesting access to mental health providers. Professional and social services are so pressured responding to the imminent need that innovating and creating a solution feels impossible. There are a number of government-sponsored awareness campaigns running at present asking people, “Are you okay?,” and affirming, “It’s alright to be a bit wobbly.” The Wellbeing Budget and election of 2020  promise  mental health  campaigns to help bring openness about mental health into mainstream consciousness, yet there is still a long wait for affordable mental and wellbeing options. These services are not necessarily available to those who need it, or  who may need it in the future. 

 

The Well is perfectly placed to be part of the solution. 

 

The Well is an accessible, affordable space where people can feel ease and connection while participating in a range of activities tailored to their wellbeing needs. It sits in addition to professional services. A place where you can build up a weekly habit of engaging in your personal wellbeing, develop tools and coping strategies, and connect with others who are on the journey too.

The best part is - we’ve tested it. We’ve seen the impact. We have the evidence to know that The Well is going to thrive. We’ve spent five years strategising, doing, reflecting, on repeat!! We have connected with people with lived experience to understand the shortfalls of support in their journeys. We have connected with people who have no relationship to their mental health but have very high pressure jobs. We have connected with people who just want somewhere to go to increase their emotional and mental health literacy so they can communicate their needs and wants better. No matter where you are at with your wellbeing,  The Well is an open, accessible, and affordable space where you can build a weekly habit of connecting with yourself and others.

Why a gym culture for mental health?

Five years ago, the CoLiberate founders (Sarah Tuck, Jody Burrell, Bop Murdoch) had the vision to create  the equivalent of ‘a gym culture for mental health’ where it was normal - even cool - to work on your mental health in the same way it’s acceptable to go for a run  during your lunch hour. Five years later, we are right on the cusp of launching this service to reinforce our strong hunch that creating a better culture of mental health support and engagement will reduce the pressure on professional services to be THE ONLY ANSWER, and give people hope that change and support will be easier to access.

Even though I don’t personally go to the gym, I benefit significantly from fitness culture. The gym and ‘gym culture’ has an amazing way of normalising fitness and body care as an everyday practice. The Well is just the start of the cultural uplift we need to ensure that mental health is just as valued. We’re putting mental health where it belongs on the infrastructural map. 

In our culture, our places for social connection, relaxation, and reflection are predominantly bars, exclusive sports or arts groups, and our workplaces. We believe that if people have fun, effective, and enjoyable opportunities to relax, reflect, uplift and connect, and express through the body, they will be more able to manage their own wellbeing over time. We will see better mental health outcomes not just for the people attending but for everyone. 

 

Are you with us?

See the 2017 tedxtalk 'A gym Culture for Mental Health' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r1SuZnjpFs

TedxWellington

Who are CoLiberate?

An enthusiastic bunch of humans who really care about creating a viable solution to aid our mental health system and ensure that all humans have access to the support they need.

CoLiberate are renowned for their flagship Mental Health First Response skills training certification. Equipping everyday people like you and me with the vital skills to connect people to further professional or social support.

Since 2017, it is estimated that First Responders are having on average 3.4 critical support based conversations every single week. Out of the 2500 people trained and certified, this estimates over 400,000 supportive conversations are happening every single year. We know that a lot of these conversations have significantly improved lives and some have even saved lives.

CoLiberate are proud to support a wide range of organisations with this training. To name a few: NZTA - Waka Kotahi, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Vector, Garage Project, MSD, Whitireia and Weltec, RSA, Cogo.

We are proud of the positive impact Mental Health First Responders are having among the people within their communities, homes and workplaces all throughout Aotearoa. We are humbled to be recognised for this impact as named finalised in the Wellington Gold Awards and Winners of the Impact Award - Wellbeing category through Inspiring Stories.

 

CoLiberate is a social enterprise that puts its purpose before profit. In the last two years, we’ve invested our time, energy and cash into launching The Well.

Read more about our people https://www.coliberate.co.nz/about-us

We’ve run various versions of this idea since 2016 - Read more about our story and foundations: https://www.coliberate.co.nz/story-of-coliberates-mental-health-and-wellbeing-gym/


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Goals, Goals, Goals.

Our Goals / WHERE your pledge will go. 

First tier Goal: $60,000  - our minimum goal. This will go towards start up costs, equipment, space design, material and some extra and crucial training for our facilitation staff. This is the boost we need to open. If we reach this target, we can open and launch this service on the 24th of June!!! This will mean The Well can support Wellingtonians through the Winter of 2021

Second Tier Goal: $115,000 - our ideal goal. This will cover our first-tier goal AND give us a boost for the first season of sessions so we can focus energy on making sure the service is attended and thriving! This would enable us to bring in a Personal Wellbeing Coach service sooner - and provide subsidised memberships to some of Wellington’s most vulnerable people

Ultimate tier Goal: $185,000 - our ‘we’ll get here eventually’ goal. This will cover second tier goal AND allow us to travel around Aotearoa researching how we can set up versions of The Well in high-needs regions. The Well would look completely different in Wellington City to say that of Porirua or Masterton- we need to take the time to investigate and validate a service like this one  in other parts of the country! We are excited to do this eventually - We’ve got BIG growth goals. This will help us get here sooner.

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How you can Support

Donations. Donations. Donations!  

 

Help us get to our target! We believe no amount is too little - $5 not only helps reach our target but it let’s us know you back us. If you don’t have cash to give but want to give time - get in touch! Advocating and campaigning alongside us enables other people to know about The Well. Sharing your connection and buy-in to our vision online helps us feel that we are not alone in this vision! If you have a video testimonial or want to share something publicly, we are here for that! 

 

Lastly, please spread the word !  Got a massive network? Got a grandma that has been waiting for a solution this good? Sharing the word about this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Tiktok, Slack feeds - at your hairdressers, in your family chat - your voice is strong and your network can help us too.  Forward this email around! 

 

Let us know if you want any collateral to support your sharing!
Flick us an email [email protected]

 

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Rewards, Rewards, Rewards! 

 

The best part is that there are some epic rewards attached to the crowdfunding campaign.

We have weekly, monthly, yearly and LIFETIME memberships on offer! As well as your opportunity to become one of The Well’s very first members… We are offering vouchers to our renowned Mental Health First Response Course.

 

We have partnered with some local organisations who have donated rewards to the campaign!

Inspiring Stories have double passes to Festival for the Future, Six Barrel Soda have their delicious soda to give and The NZ Fringe Festival are donating vouchers to next year's Fringe Festival! We want to thank you for your generosity!

Not only do you get rewards with your pledge, but you can also confidently know that you have made a significant contribution to an impact-focused social enterprise that wants a revolution in the way we see, treat, and value mental health! Kia kaha!

 

From us all at the CoLiberate Team - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Ngā Manaakitanga 

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Let's Do This! Final days and ways to support us get to our target!

11/06/2021 at 3:26 PM

Kia ora everyone! 

Day something of the campaign and I am so glad you are all here with us. Thanks for joining us on board this boat to help #fillupthewell , it's a relief to feel togetherness and strong support backing us all the way! 
6 DAYS LEFT! 

Shout out to all of you who have pledged so far, thank you! I see each and every donation as special and unique! Thank you! 

Ngā mihi nui ko Mark Ranby!
 Former HurricanesChiefs and one-time All Black Rugby Player for sharing your message of support towards our #fillupthewell campaign! 
This endorsement doesn't just help The Well but helps our vision of ensuring that all people and professionals feel able to engage in their mental health. We know that our culture has built up men and rugby supporting folk to suppress their emotions - it's awesome to have Mark advocate for sportspeople and menfolk to share and express and engage more. Thanks, Mark for your mahi.

We are at 60% and 40% is a wee way to go. We believe we will get there and know that continued support will significantly help us.

Here are some ways you can help to get us over the line:

#fillupthewell by FLOODING THE NEWSFEDS on Monday. 
Monday will mark the start of the final 48 hours of the campaign. We will need all the social sharing support we can get on Monday to ensure we can get to our minimum target. You're invited (if it feels easy for you) to share these posts with the note 'last 48hours - get CoLiberate to their minimum target. if they don't get 60k they don't get anything!' Tag us in your posts! We're on Linkedin, Instagram @coliberate and @thewell_wgtn, Facebook - gosh, even on Twitter! Reshare the existing posts or make your own
 

TUNE IN - Monday arvo Bop and Sarah (two of the co-founders) will be going LIVE on Facebook to have a korero about The Well! A discussion linked to the vision, mental health, and why you should get involved. It will be a great place to bring your questions!  

ATTEND - The incredible folk at AWHI Yoga are donating the proceeds of their Sunday Koha 10am class to The Well's campaign. Come along for a luscious hour of Yoga and Connection! Details here: https://www.awhiyoga.co.nz/
Thanks Awhi for your support, appreciate you and your mahi. 


REWARD - We've added a NEW reward. and it's.... tote bags! Get your first-of-its-kind The Well tote bag. We will throw in a few vouchers for The Well too for you and a mate! 


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Talk Soon and hope you have a great weekend! 

Sarah and the CoLiberate and The Well team


It's all coming together!! 50% and beyond !!

08/06/2021 at 1:52 PM

Kia ora koutou !!

We are thrilled to be on the other side of  50% !! We are so grateful to have such an amazing network behind us, helping us to #fillupthewell. Thank you to every single one of you who have donated and shared on social media. Every bit counts!

We’ve had some amazing progress happen here on the ground... 

Amber Strain, our spacial designer has been working super hard assembling items and bringing our vibe dreams to life! Given The Well operates on a timetable, with 10 sessions every single week - it was a design challenge of creating an easeful way to transform the space with a half an hour turn around. We are so pleased with how it’s looking and can’t wait to fill up the well with the necessary cushion, yoga mats, bolsters, tea and more to create a relaxing, vibing space!



We’ve managed to have our first few handmade cushions from the phenomenal Nicky McCreanor. They are so comfortable and bringing a splash of Well colour to the place. We’ve got a few more coming from Laura Gillot too - super exciting having so many hands on deck!



Ash holwell has been working away at the brand and creating a ~ look ~ for The Well. We’ve always known that if we are going to make mental health ‘cool’ and normal then it has to look cool and normal. I handed Ash a not-so-brief design brief and I am super excited where he has landed… Thanks Ash! And thanks to those of you giving feedback along the process! Here is the final logo. You can see more on the website here - and follow us on socials to see.



Bop and Rosie have been supporting the new Well crew to bring their session plans to life! We’ve been channelling our days of making theatre and having ‘dress rehearsals’ to have a practice experience of what the real thing will be like. I must say... you're in for a treat!!!

(#1 dress rehearsal. What the landing area will look like! You can have a cuppa tea and land before heading through the curtains into the sessions)

(^^ Dress rehearsal viiibes featuring Big leafy boi and some soft lighting)


Do you remember our colouring mats from the past studios? We have pulled these back out!! Stoked to have Ashley Brown back on board to refresh the design for these colouring mats :)


Once again, thank you so much for your support. Every donation towards our 60,000 goal has been super meaningful. 

 

Ngā manaakitanga! 

 

Sarah and the CoLiberate Team!

 

    Pledgers 314

    Sarah Rogers
    2021-06-14 19:22:36 +1200

    "Yeah well...!"

    Rebecca Stewart
    2021-06-14 16:42:15 +1200

    "Go you good things!"

    Hugo Dewar
    2021-06-14 16:40:37 +1200

    "Love you all and love this mahi."

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-06-14 15:47:38 +1200
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    Jesse Kearse
    2021-06-14 15:22:25 +1200

    "Let's go! "

    Mandy
    2021-06-14 15:01:36 +1200
    Liesel Mitchell
    2021-06-14 14:52:31 +1200
    Guy
    2021-06-14 09:23:25 +1200
    Mary Fisher
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    Anonymous pledger
    2021-06-12 15:56:28 +1200
    Maureen Dewar
    2021-06-12 12:14:50 +1200

    "This is a unique and important addition to Wellness/mental health support in Wellington. I really hope your target is met by your deadline."

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-06-12 11:13:50 +1200
    Lynda
    2021-06-12 11:07:25 +1200
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    2021-06-11 20:27:59 +1200
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    Paloma
    2021-06-11 16:34:46 +1200

    "I hate exercise but I love co-liberate and I love when me mental health is good. xoxo Paloma"

    Shanshan
    2021-06-11 16:01:39 +1200
    Emma GoodmanPledgeMe Staff
    2021-06-11 11:22:19 +1200

    "Come on team and The Well supporters, keep pushing! 🙌 It will take a crowd to make this happen, and every pledge counts. Can't wait to give The Well a go once I'm back in Wellington. ❤"

    Paul Trainor
    2021-06-10 19:57:37 +1200

    "Whoop! Great Idea!!!"

    Emma Prestidge
    2021-06-10 11:54:21 +1200
    Emma Prestidge
    2021-06-10 11:46:08 +1200
    Jenny Chandler
    2021-06-10 11:37:15 +1200

    "This is awesome. We need a whole chain of these around New Zealand!"

    Isabel Sanjuan
    2021-06-10 09:58:12 +1200

    "I am so excited to support this venture, can't wait to see it come to life!! "

    Kate Nickelchok
    2021-06-10 09:31:59 +1200

    "Amazing work! "

    Luke Gilmore
    2021-06-09 23:51:17 +1200
    Finnbar Halley Castree Johansson
    2021-06-09 22:55:52 +1200

    "Love yous "

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    Kia ora !

    We are CoLiberate - a Wellington based social enterprise who are raising funds to help accelerate the launch of The Well - our mental health and wellbeing gym in the middle of Wellington City!!

    After 5 years running various iterations of a Mental Health gym throughout Wellington City, we are raising funds to launch  our permanent service! Our vision is to create a gym culture for mental health which is just as valued as physical health and fitness culture.  We have teamed up with two/fiftyseven on Willis St and secured a long term lease on a sweet as spot above Unity books. We’ve hired a strong, connective, and empathetic team to run the service.. We’re now pulling together the final  threads towards our launch date…and this is where you come in. We have validated the need for this service and rallied around a crowd eager for this to launch big, and succeed...

     

    … and currently, money is our biggest set back to launching asap. We  know if we can raise these funds, we can pull together the final parts and open much sooner than planned - setting up The Well to live a sustainable, long life  of epic impact!

    It doesn’t stop here… we have big plans to  expand our vision for the future! We don’t want to only run in Wellington, as we know this innovative solution and proactive wellbeing service is needed all throughout the country. We want to bring The Well to towns and communities all throughout Aotearoa.  Let’s start here first! With your help, we can achieve this.

    Just like it's the little convos that can make the biggest difference… so can your donation and support.

    Read on for the longer story and to hear more about why we believe The Well - the equivalent of a gym but for mental health and wellbeing - is one of the solutions towards a happier, healthier, and more well New Zealand.

    ----

    What is The Well?

     

     

     

    At The Well, we value mental health as much as physical health. This space is dedicated to helping people connect with their mind, body, and soul with their everyday experiences.

     

    Sharing experiences, reflecting and expressing emotions, exploring different ways to share how we are in this world - where do you ever get the space to really give yourself permission to do this?

     

    We know that your wellbeing cup can easily run dry without proper care. In the same way that a well nourishes a village, The Well is a place to fill back up. Being able to develop sustainable wellbeing strategies in a fun, caring and intentional way means you can take leaps, ask for that promotion, run that marathon... live your best life knowing that support is... well, right here!

     

    Read the Origin Story here >>>

    See the Website here >>>

     

    The Well is powered by CoLiberate and nestled within two/fiftyseven

     

    Just like a Gym or a Yoga studio - you can have a membership to belong! You can come along whenever you want to! We will be running 10 sessions every single week - early mornings, lunch hour, and early evenings. We will also run one-off retreat-style events on the weekends that align with the weekly timetable.

     

    Who is it for?

    This is for anyone and everyone. If you are motivated to proactively engage with your mental wellbeing in a place where it is accepted, normal -  even cool to do so, that The Well is the place for you. You can bring your mates. You can bring your mum. In the past, we've had grandparents, social workers, office workers, joe blogs, boyfriends, people with lived experience, people who are just realising that mental health is the current conversation, public servants, students... people with all sorts of valid reasons to connect with themselves and each other.  No matter what your experience is, or where you identify on the continuum of mental health, you are welcome to participate and engage in the way you want. 

     

    Membership is designed to help you make your wellbeing a weekly practice and habit. 

    Booking casual one-off sessions is also welcome.

     

    Each session is specifically designed and invites you to:

     

      

    The sessions take different forms - it may looks like: Reflective Writing, Mindfulness, Moving and Grooving, Games, Play-based, Theatre, Yoga, Meditation, Talk circles, wellbeing theme exploration and more! We think variety is key. By offering a wide range of session offerings, we believe there can be something for everyone.

     

    Read more here: https://www.thewellwgtn.co.nz/

    Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewell_wgtn


    The detailed Story / The Opportunity

    Mental Health and Wellbeing solutions are high on  the public agenda. COVID-19 has meant record numbers of people are requesting access to mental health providers. Professional and social services are so pressured responding to the imminent need that innovating and creating a solution feels impossible. There are a number of government-sponsored awareness campaigns running at present asking people, “Are you okay?,” and affirming, “It’s alright to be a bit wobbly.” The Wellbeing Budget and election of 2020  promise  mental health  campaigns to help bring openness about mental health into mainstream consciousness, yet there is still a long wait for affordable mental and wellbeing options. These services are not necessarily available to those who need it, or  who may need it in the future. 

     

    The Well is perfectly placed to be part of the solution. 

     

    The Well is an accessible, affordable space where people can feel ease and connection while participating in a range of activities tailored to their wellbeing needs. It sits in addition to professional services. A place where you can build up a weekly habit of engaging in your personal wellbeing, develop tools and coping strategies, and connect with others who are on the journey too.

    The best part is - we’ve tested it. We’ve seen the impact. We have the evidence to know that The Well is going to thrive. We’ve spent five years strategising, doing, reflecting, on repeat!! We have connected with people with lived experience to understand the shortfalls of support in their journeys. We have connected with people who have no relationship to their mental health but have very high pressure jobs. We have connected with people who just want somewhere to go to increase their emotional and mental health literacy so they can communicate their needs and wants better. No matter where you are at with your wellbeing,  The Well is an open, accessible, and affordable space where you can build a weekly habit of connecting with yourself and others.

    Why a gym culture for mental health?

    Five years ago, the CoLiberate founders (Sarah Tuck, Jody Burrell, Bop Murdoch) had the vision to create  the equivalent of ‘a gym culture for mental health’ where it was normal - even cool - to work on your mental health in the same way it’s acceptable to go for a run  during your lunch hour. Five years later, we are right on the cusp of launching this service to reinforce our strong hunch that creating a better culture of mental health support and engagement will reduce the pressure on professional services to be THE ONLY ANSWER, and give people hope that change and support will be easier to access.

    Even though I don’t personally go to the gym, I benefit significantly from fitness culture. The gym and ‘gym culture’ has an amazing way of normalising fitness and body care as an everyday practice. The Well is just the start of the cultural uplift we need to ensure that mental health is just as valued. We’re putting mental health where it belongs on the infrastructural map. 

    In our culture, our places for social connection, relaxation, and reflection are predominantly bars, exclusive sports or arts groups, and our workplaces. We believe that if people have fun, effective, and enjoyable opportunities to relax, reflect, uplift and connect, and express through the body, they will be more able to manage their own wellbeing over time. We will see better mental health outcomes not just for the people attending but for everyone. 

     

    Are you with us?

    See the 2017 tedxtalk 'A gym Culture for Mental Health' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r1SuZnjpFs

    TedxWellington

    Who are CoLiberate?

    An enthusiastic bunch of humans who really care about creating a viable solution to aid our mental health system and ensure that all humans have access to the support they need.

    CoLiberate are renowned for their flagship Mental Health First Response skills training certification. Equipping everyday people like you and me with the vital skills to connect people to further professional or social support.

    Since 2017, it is estimated that First Responders are having on average 3.4 critical support based conversations every single week. Out of the 2500 people trained and certified, this estimates over 400,000 supportive conversations are happening every single year. We know that a lot of these conversations have significantly improved lives and some have even saved lives.

    CoLiberate are proud to support a wide range of organisations with this training. To name a few: NZTA - Waka Kotahi, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Vector, Garage Project, MSD, Whitireia and Weltec, RSA, Cogo.

    We are proud of the positive impact Mental Health First Responders are having among the people within their communities, homes and workplaces all throughout Aotearoa. We are humbled to be recognised for this impact as named finalised in the Wellington Gold Awards and Winners of the Impact Award - Wellbeing category through Inspiring Stories.

     

    CoLiberate is a social enterprise that puts its purpose before profit. In the last two years, we’ve invested our time, energy and cash into launching The Well.

    Read more about our people https://www.coliberate.co.nz/about-us

    We’ve run various versions of this idea since 2016 - Read more about our story and foundations: https://www.coliberate.co.nz/story-of-coliberates-mental-health-and-wellbeing-gym/


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    Goals, Goals, Goals.

    Our Goals / WHERE your pledge will go. 

    First tier Goal: $60,000  - our minimum goal. This will go towards start up costs, equipment, space design, material and some extra and crucial training for our facilitation staff. This is the boost we need to open. If we reach this target, we can open and launch this service on the 24th of June!!! This will mean The Well can support Wellingtonians through the Winter of 2021

    Second Tier Goal: $115,000 - our ideal goal. This will cover our first-tier goal AND give us a boost for the first season of sessions so we can focus energy on making sure the service is attended and thriving! This would enable us to bring in a Personal Wellbeing Coach service sooner - and provide subsidised memberships to some of Wellington’s most vulnerable people

    Ultimate tier Goal: $185,000 - our ‘we’ll get here eventually’ goal. This will cover second tier goal AND allow us to travel around Aotearoa researching how we can set up versions of The Well in high-needs regions. The Well would look completely different in Wellington City to say that of Porirua or Masterton- we need to take the time to investigate and validate a service like this one  in other parts of the country! We are excited to do this eventually - We’ve got BIG growth goals. This will help us get here sooner.

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    How you can Support

    Donations. Donations. Donations!  

     

    Help us get to our target! We believe no amount is too little - $5 not only helps reach our target but it let’s us know you back us. If you don’t have cash to give but want to give time - get in touch! Advocating and campaigning alongside us enables other people to know about The Well. Sharing your connection and buy-in to our vision online helps us feel that we are not alone in this vision! If you have a video testimonial or want to share something publicly, we are here for that! 

     

    Lastly, please spread the word !  Got a massive network? Got a grandma that has been waiting for a solution this good? Sharing the word about this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Tiktok, Slack feeds - at your hairdressers, in your family chat - your voice is strong and your network can help us too.  Forward this email around! 

     

    Let us know if you want any collateral to support your sharing!
    Flick us an email [email protected]

     

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    WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

    Rewards, Rewards, Rewards! 

     

    The best part is that there are some epic rewards attached to the crowdfunding campaign.

    We have weekly, monthly, yearly and LIFETIME memberships on offer! As well as your opportunity to become one of The Well’s very first members… We are offering vouchers to our renowned Mental Health First Response Course.

     

    We have partnered with some local organisations who have donated rewards to the campaign!

    Inspiring Stories have double passes to Festival for the Future, Six Barrel Soda have their delicious soda to give and The NZ Fringe Festival are donating vouchers to next year's Fringe Festival! We want to thank you for your generosity!

    Not only do you get rewards with your pledge, but you can also confidently know that you have made a significant contribution to an impact-focused social enterprise that wants a revolution in the way we see, treat, and value mental health! Kia kaha!

     

    From us all at the CoLiberate Team - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
    Ngā Manaakitanga 

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    Comments

    Let's Do This! Final days and ways to support us get to our target!

    11/06/2021 at 3:26 PM

    Kia ora everyone! 

    Day something of the campaign and I am so glad you are all here with us. Thanks for joining us on board this boat to help #fillupthewell , it's a relief to feel togetherness and strong support backing us all the way! 
    6 DAYS LEFT! 

    Shout out to all of you who have pledged so far, thank you! I see each and every donation as special and unique! Thank you! 

    Ngā mihi nui ko Mark Ranby!
     Former HurricanesChiefs and one-time All Black Rugby Player for sharing your message of support towards our #fillupthewell campaign! 
    This endorsement doesn't just help The Well but helps our vision of ensuring that all people and professionals feel able to engage in their mental health. We know that our culture has built up men and rugby supporting folk to suppress their emotions - it's awesome to have Mark advocate for sportspeople and menfolk to share and express and engage more. Thanks, Mark for your mahi.

    We are at 60% and 40% is a wee way to go. We believe we will get there and know that continued support will significantly help us.

    Here are some ways you can help to get us over the line:

    #fillupthewell by FLOODING THE NEWSFEDS on Monday. 
    Monday will mark the start of the final 48 hours of the campaign. We will need all the social sharing support we can get on Monday to ensure we can get to our minimum target. You're invited (if it feels easy for you) to share these posts with the note 'last 48hours - get CoLiberate to their minimum target. if they don't get 60k they don't get anything!' Tag us in your posts! We're on Linkedin, Instagram @coliberate and @thewell_wgtn, Facebook - gosh, even on Twitter! Reshare the existing posts or make your own
     

    TUNE IN - Monday arvo Bop and Sarah (two of the co-founders) will be going LIVE on Facebook to have a korero about The Well! A discussion linked to the vision, mental health, and why you should get involved. It will be a great place to bring your questions!  

    ATTEND - The incredible folk at AWHI Yoga are donating the proceeds of their Sunday Koha 10am class to The Well's campaign. Come along for a luscious hour of Yoga and Connection! Details here: https://www.awhiyoga.co.nz/
    Thanks Awhi for your support, appreciate you and your mahi. 


    REWARD - We've added a NEW reward. and it's.... tote bags! Get your first-of-its-kind The Well tote bag. We will throw in a few vouchers for The Well too for you and a mate! 


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    Talk Soon and hope you have a great weekend! 

    Sarah and the CoLiberate and The Well team


    It's all coming together!! 50% and beyond !!

    08/06/2021 at 1:52 PM

    Kia ora koutou !!

    We are thrilled to be on the other side of  50% !! We are so grateful to have such an amazing network behind us, helping us to #fillupthewell. Thank you to every single one of you who have donated and shared on social media. Every bit counts!

    We’ve had some amazing progress happen here on the ground... 

    Amber Strain, our spacial designer has been working super hard assembling items and bringing our vibe dreams to life! Given The Well operates on a timetable, with 10 sessions every single week - it was a design challenge of creating an easeful way to transform the space with a half an hour turn around. We are so pleased with how it’s looking and can’t wait to fill up the well with the necessary cushion, yoga mats, bolsters, tea and more to create a relaxing, vibing space!



    We’ve managed to have our first few handmade cushions from the phenomenal Nicky McCreanor. They are so comfortable and bringing a splash of Well colour to the place. We’ve got a few more coming from Laura Gillot too - super exciting having so many hands on deck!



    Ash holwell has been working away at the brand and creating a ~ look ~ for The Well. We’ve always known that if we are going to make mental health ‘cool’ and normal then it has to look cool and normal. I handed Ash a not-so-brief design brief and I am super excited where he has landed… Thanks Ash! And thanks to those of you giving feedback along the process! Here is the final logo. You can see more on the website here - and follow us on socials to see.



    Bop and Rosie have been supporting the new Well crew to bring their session plans to life! We’ve been channelling our days of making theatre and having ‘dress rehearsals’ to have a practice experience of what the real thing will be like. I must say... you're in for a treat!!!

    (#1 dress rehearsal. What the landing area will look like! You can have a cuppa tea and land before heading through the curtains into the sessions)

    (^^ Dress rehearsal viiibes featuring Big leafy boi and some soft lighting)


    Do you remember our colouring mats from the past studios? We have pulled these back out!! Stoked to have Ashley Brown back on board to refresh the design for these colouring mats :)


    Once again, thank you so much for your support. Every donation towards our 60,000 goal has been super meaningful. 

     

    Ngā manaakitanga! 

     

    Sarah and the CoLiberate Team!

     

      Sarah Rogers
      2021-06-14 19:22:36 +1200

      "Yeah well...!"

      Rebecca Stewart
      2021-06-14 16:42:15 +1200

      "Go you good things!"

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      2021-06-14 16:40:37 +1200

      "Love you all and love this mahi."

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      2021-06-14 15:22:25 +1200

      "Let's go! "

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      2021-06-12 12:14:50 +1200

      "This is a unique and important addition to Wellness/mental health support in Wellington. I really hope your target is met by your deadline."

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      Paloma
      2021-06-11 16:34:46 +1200

      "I hate exercise but I love co-liberate and I love when me mental health is good. xoxo Paloma"

      Shanshan
      2021-06-11 16:01:39 +1200
      Emma GoodmanPledgeMe Staff
      2021-06-11 11:22:19 +1200

      "Come on team and The Well supporters, keep pushing! 🙌 It will take a crowd to make this happen, and every pledge counts. Can't wait to give The Well a go once I'm back in Wellington. ❤"

      Paul Trainor
      2021-06-10 19:57:37 +1200

      "Whoop! Great Idea!!!"

      Emma Prestidge
      2021-06-10 11:54:21 +1200
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      2021-06-10 11:46:08 +1200
      Jenny Chandler
      2021-06-10 11:37:15 +1200

      "This is awesome. We need a whole chain of these around New Zealand!"

      Isabel Sanjuan
      2021-06-10 09:58:12 +1200

      "I am so excited to support this venture, can't wait to see it come to life!! "

      Kate Nickelchok
      2021-06-10 09:31:59 +1200

      "Amazing work! "

      Luke Gilmore
      2021-06-09 23:51:17 +1200
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      2021-06-09 22:55:52 +1200

      "Love yous "

      Followers of The Well - Very first Wellbeing Gym in Aotearoa.

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 17/06/2021 at 12:00 PM.
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