About Us

Project Reach Out is a charitable trust based on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand. Set up in 2021 it is still very much in the early stages of development.

A pilot programme of sorts, Project Reach Out was conceived when a few of our trustees, all with lived experience of mental illness (through whānau, work or research) got together to share their experiences and agreed that there was a gap in the social support networks available for Waiheke whānau living with mental illness. 

From these early beginnings, Project Reach Out was born, and now consists of five dedicated board members and an employed Reach Out Coordinator.

The team hopes that the Reach Out pilot programme on Waiheke Island could in future, be adopted by other small communities throughout New Zealand – providing further hope and support for those living with mental illness.

Meet the Project Reach Out Team 

Our team of volunteer trustees and our appointed Reach Out Coordinator, are from all walks of life. Four out of five of our board members have lived experience of mental illness, either through immediate whānau relationships or through work in the mental health sector.

Barry Fenton

Trustee, Reach Out Community Engagement & Fundraising

Barry Fenton is a long-time Waiheke local, now retired after a long career in the tourism industry. Since retiring he has been very active, assisting charities with their fundraising.

Barry is a connector, a keen artist, married to Meg with two grown-up children and has three grandchildren! He loves animals and is a passionate golfer and tramper.

Barry Fenton

Trustee, Reach Out Community Engagement & Fundraising

Barry Fenton is a long-time Waiheke local, now retired after a long career in the tourism industry. Since retiring he has been very active, assisting charities with their fundraising.

Barry is a connector, a keen artist, married to Meg with two grown-up children and has three grandchildren! He loves animals and is a passionate golfer and tramper.

Jill Mulvaney

Trustee, Reach Out Communications & Marketing

Jill has lived and worked on Waiheke for 23 years. She has first-hand experience of mental illness, supporting her adult son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 18-years old. 

Through her experience working with the mental health system, Jill has considerable insight into the struggles many families face. She now shares a house with her son who, for the first time in 20 years, is in recovery.

Jill Mulvaney

Trustee, Reach Out Communications & Marketing

Jill has lived and worked on Waiheke for 23 years. She has first-hand experience of mental illness, supporting her adult son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 18-years old. 

Through her experience working with the mental health system, Jill has considerable insight into the struggles many families face. She now shares a house with her son who, for the first time in 20 years, is in recovery.

Carol Stott

Trustee, Reach Out Advocacy & Services

Carol has worked in the health sector for many years in a variety of roles, including as a practitioner, an operational manager (mental health and child health) and as a planning and funding manager (child, youth and women’s health).

More recently (2016-2020), Carol has undertaken strategic and systems work in mental health services for the Auckland DHB. She is also a current trustee of HELP Auckland (Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors). Carol has lived on Waiheke Island for the last 8 years.

Carol Stott

Trustee, Reach Out Advocacy & Services

Carol has worked in the health sector for many years in a variety of roles, including as a practitioner, an operational manager (mental health and child health) and as a planning and funding manager (child, youth and women’s health).

More recently (2016-2020), Carol has undertaken strategic and systems work in mental health services for the Auckland DHB. She is also a current trustee of HELP Auckland (Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors). Carol has lived on Waiheke Island for the last 8 years.

Harry Howe

Advisor to the Board

Harry Howe has lived on Waiheke Island for almost twelve years. He is yet another story of a person coming to Waiheke Island for a weekend and ending up living here permanently.

In his day to day work as a real estate agent he has been involved in a number of local charities and fundraising initiatives. It was at one of these fundraisers that he got into a conversation with a client of his, Carol Stott about the need to support people living on Waiheke Island who are suffering from long term mental illness. Harry understands that many of us are two degrees or less, from family, friends or family of friends who are also suffering from long term mental illness.

From this conversation and a number of further meetings with other like minded Waihekeans, Project Reach Out Waiheke/Hapai ki te Hapori was established. Harry and his fiance Helen are loving being involved with this outstanding cause.

Harry Howe

Trustee

Harry Howe has lived on Waiheke Island for almost twelve years. He is yet another story of a person coming to Waiheke Island for a weekend and ending up living here permanently.

In his day to day work as a real estate agent he has been involved in a number of local charities and fundraising initiatives. It was at one of these fundraisers that he got into a conversation with a client of his, Carol Stott about the need to support people living on Waiheke Island who are suffering from long term mental illness. Harry understands that many of us are two degrees or less, from family, friends or family of friends who are also suffering from long term mental illness.

From this conversation and a number of further meetings with other like minded Waihekeans, Project Reach Out Waiheke/Hapai ki te Hapori was established. Harry and his fiance Helen are loving being involved with this outstanding cause.

Helen Smith

Advisor to the Board

Helen originally hails from North Yorkshire, although her travels have taken her around the world. Helen’s extensive and varied background has included working in the competitive world of merchant banking, managing a large health spa in the Cayman Islands and has been selling real estate on Waiheke Island for the last 7 years.

Helen has worked with Women’s Refuge in New Zealand as a fundraiser, driving her desire to help with PRO here on Waiheke Island.

Helen and Harry are both a personal and professional partnership and are actively involved within the community and advocates in fundraising. They are delighted to be a part of Project Reach Out.

Helen Smith

Advisor to the board

Helen originally hails from North Yorkshire, although her travels have taken her around the world. Helen’s extensive and varied background has included working in the competitive world of merchant banking, managing a large health spa in the Cayman Islands and has been selling real estate on Waiheke Island for the last 7 years.

Helen has worked with Women’s Refuge in New Zealand as a fundraiser, driving her desire to help with PRO here on Waiheke Island.

Helen and Harry are both a personal and professional partnership and are actively involved within the community and advocates in fundraising. They are delighted to be a part of Project Reach Out.

Robin Shepherd

Advisor to the Board

Dr. Robin Shepherd started her passion for mental health and addictions in 1985 in Boston. She has been an academic, teaching mental health and addictions at university level since 1998, teaching in both the UK and New Zealand.

Robin has been also doing research in mental health and addictions since 1989 as well as working clinically, mainly in rehabilitation hospital for substance misuse. She’s published widely and she’s a reviewer on two peer reviewed journals.

Robin Shepherd

Advisor to the board

Dr. Robin Shepherd started her passion for mental health and addictions in 1985 in Boston. She has been an academic, teaching mental health and addictions at university level since 1998, teaching in both the UK and New Zealand.

Robin has been also doing research in mental health and addictions since 1989, as well as working clinically, mainly in rehabilitation hospital for substance misuse. She’s published widely and she’s a reviewer on two peer reviewed journals.

Supporting Waiheke whānau living with mental illness

Our Ambition For The Future

Building a community network to enable and support recovery for those on Waiheke affected by a mental illness.

Promoting Recovery

Connecting people with individuals, communities, and services to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.

Hope

Creating a more hopeful future for those on Waiheke affected by mental illness by building active community engagement with the purpose, ambition, and agenda of the Project Reachout Waiheke Trust

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Advocacy

Working with the mental health community to improve access for people on Waiheke services that meet their needs. (find appropriate mental health services.)

Community

Building a Waiheke community of volunteers to enable and support our activities and make meaningful connections with people affected by mental illness.

Education

Engaging the Waiheke community in activities that increase awareness of mental illness and encourage their support.