Bop, Jody and Sarah
In early 2016, three Theatre Graduates came together with the bold vision of creating an organisation to enable the emotional and mental health support capability of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Nearly four years later, Coliberate has changed the face of wellness in our country, and continue to pave the way forward for mental health advocacy and innovative approaches to wellbeing.
CoLiberate is a Wellington based wellness studio creating a thriving community of wellbeing, empowerment and equality. They're developing ways to nurture confidence, self-worth and wellbeing strategies for everyday Kiwis.
Key steps in the journey
Bop, Jody and Sarah are theatre graduates whose first venture was a nationally touring theatre company, 'Pat-A-Cake Productions'. They came into our Live the Dream programme initially looking to make theatre more sustainable and explore possible social enterprise business models.
They realised a much bigger need around the mental health challenges that many New Zealanders face, and wanted to try and develop a venture that might help to make people more sustainable. The team all had connections to the mental health sector in some way. They began to develop and prototype a range of different workshops, and test ideas for what might lead to a more sustainable business model that could enable them to focus on helping Kiwis strengthen their mental health and wellbeing.
CoLiberate was born, and the team opened their first wellbeing studio in central Wellington in 2016.