Founded in 1941, the Sutherland Self Help Trust was established by the Sutherland Family, who pioneered New Zealand’s first chain of grocery stores, The Self Help Co-op. The pioneering spirit of The Sutherland Family saw them reject traditional trading methods and opt instead for a business model that would support the community.
This included setting up The Sutherland Self Help Trust to assist registered charities in New Zealand through Grants in order to deliver services to support the community.
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The Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) was granted a generous $50,000.00 from the Sutherland Self Help Trust toward the purchase of a clinical video system. This means our clinicians now have access to equipment for teaching, to record clinic sessions that patients (and their families) can use at home. Because of SSHT our patients rehabilitation will be made that much more accessible for themselves and their families/whanau. The SSHT was approachable and great to deal with from day one. Cochlear Implant technology is complex, so having the opportunity to discuss our needs face to face with Ben from SSHT was invaluable.