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Network News February 2017

Meet the members

by Kim Cable, Marketing Manager, Community Waikato

Welcome to another article in the series introducing the wonderful members we serve and the work they are doing in their communities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Based in Hamilton, Community Waikato is a community organisation that builds the capacity and capability of the community sector in the Waikato by supporting and informing social service organisations. We work alongside groups and organisations understanding that they are the experts in what they do. We bring the resources and processes and the groups we work with hold the experience, knowledge and wisdom. Together we build on their strengths and develop their capacity.

Services that Community Waikato provide include: one-to-one advisory service; mentoring; facilitation; training; information; scholarships; advocacy; Tindall Foundation, and Len Reynolds Trust funding.

In 2000, Trust Waikato CE and Trustees saw that there was a need for capacity strengthening in the community sector in Waikato and set up the Social Service Waikato Trust. By 2002, the first staff and a kaumatua were appointed. In 2007, the Social Services Trust moved to its current premises at the south end of Victoria Street in Hamilton, and changed its name to Community Waikato. The geographic area that Community Waikato service covers is the same as the Trust Waikato funding area, and includes the districts of Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Waipa, Waikato, South Waikato, Waitomo, Otorohanga, Ruapehu and Hamilton City.

Currently Community Waikato employs 9 staff. Last year Holly Snape came on board as the newCommunity Waikato Chief Executive. Community wellbeing has been Holly’s driving force for more than a decade. Community development and community wellbeing are high priorities which we can enhance together by engaging in measures to address social, economic and environmental needs. Holly has also joined the board of Community Networks Aotearoa.

There are a number of challenges currently facing the not for profit sector. Changes in government contracting, changes in compliance for these contracts, the pressure on organisations to keep up with demand as inequality and poverty grows and the impact of contestable funding on sector relationships are all challenges that we need to address. But there are also growing opportunities, such as changes in technology that can revolutionise service delivery, the growing professionalism of the sector, the growth in consumer interest in supporting social enterprises, and the potential to build and capitalise on international relationships.

Following on from the highly successful Rising to the Challenge conference in 2015, on the 2-3 August 2017, Community Waikato are hosting another Community Waikato Conference for the community sector. The theme for this conference is ‘Thriving in the 21st Century’. The aim of this conference is to reignite our passions and motivate us to think and act differently. We need to acknowledge what we are doing well and challenge our pre-conceived ideas to think outside the square to ensure we thrive moving forward in the 21st century.

Our sector is operating in a challenging environment, both socially and financially. We need to work smarter and more efficiently to achieve positive outcomes for those we serve while remaining viable and true to our values. The increasing pressure on the community sector to achieve more with less requires us to challenge the way we have done things in the past.

For further info about Community Waikato visit www.communitywaikato.org.nz  “like” us on Facebook or contact robyn@communitywaikato.org.nz

 

on_airDownload and listen to Ros interview Brenda Pilott, National Manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, about the new requirements from MSD for contracted service providers to provide the Ministry with identifiable client data (scroll down one programme in the link to find this interview).

To read the ComVoices issues paper on this topic, mentioned in the interview, please visit our website http://communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz/resources/

Funding and Fundraising

If you are developing or considering a collaborative project or merger, then the Working Together More Fund (WTMF) may be able to assist.  For further info about criteria and the application process click here. The close off date for submitting applications for the first round this year is 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Some of you may have attended Exult‘s popular sustainable funding workshop. This practical workshop has now been recorded on DVD so you may work through it at your own pace, and include every member of your organisation in the learning process. For further info and to purchase a copy of the DVD click here.

Need funding for your school, sports club or not-for-profit organisation? Are you accessing all the funders you are eligible to apply to? Funding Connection can get your funding sorted and together create a funding application the packs a punch. For further info click here

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
What do we want? Participatory democracy. When do we want it? Now (more than ever)! by Scott Miller, Chief Executive, Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ)
Social Investment – are we getting it right? by Brenda Pilott, National Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa
Nanny State and a spoonful of sugar by Warren Lindberg, Chief Executive, Public Health Association of New Zealand
Working together in times of hardship by Ros Rice, Executive Officer, Community Networks Aotearoa

Professional Development

Since 2015 AUT University has offered postgraduate studies in Violence and Trauma with specialisms in Family Violence.

The course is designed for distance study and is suitable for practitioners currently in employment or considering working in a variety of fields where the misuse of power has disadvantaged others. The staff involved have strong foundations in decades of Family Violence work and study extends to fields related to family violence: drug and alcohol, probation, police, mental health, prison, refugee, women’s refuge, social work, counselling victims and offenders, accident and emergency, Maori health, and the military. All forms of harm and disrespect are considered.

The approach taken is a problem solving one and we ask you to bring a specific violence or trauma problem that you have an interest in solving or improving. Theory, best practice, your experience, and creative applications are melded and tested for effectiveness. The course is not just about describing and theorising but given the growing prevalence of abuse this needs to be study to make a difference.The course is part-time or full time and progresses from a Post Graduate Certificate to a Post Graduate Diploma and then to a Masters in Health Practice or Health Science (Violence and Trauma Studies). Study is both a block course in March and another in August and is supported by online processes and contact. There are written assignments and there are no exams. You will need to have done some study at the undergraduate level.

For further information visit http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/health-sciences/postgraduate-study/violence-and-trauma

Upcoming Conferences

National Not-for-Profit Sector Conference – grow – 13/14 February 2017, Auckland
If your work involves developing strategy, recruiting, managing or supervising staff or volunteers, leading a team, or workforce planning then the Not-for-Profit Sector Conferece is an event you cannot afford to miss. For further info please visit/http://nfpconference2017.grow.co.nz/
SYNC: Tuning Communities with the Digital Age – TechSoup – 17 March 2017, Auckland
Learn from inspiring international and local speakers, engage and share with other delegates and walk away with new insights to help your organisation drive social change. This year the TechSoup New Zealand conference aims to support the charitable sector tune-in to the digital age to strengthen its reach to communities and business. For further info please visit http://conference.techsoup.net.nz/
Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF 2017) – 27-29 September 2017, Christchurch
An international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. The event attracts social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, academics and more. For further info please visit http://www.sewf2017.org/And don’t forget, we’re here to help.  If you have any problems or issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Both Ros and Fionn are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

Photo: Jason Pratt