Network News March 2017

Roadshow for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations: Your responsibility in safeguarding children

Child Matters and Community Networks Aotearoa are jointly delivering a nationwide roadshow providing presentations to volunteers and volunteering organisations.

This roadshow will provide education and information to those in the volunteering and community sectors to assist in understanding roles and responsibilities when engaging with vulnerable children and provide access to resources to assist in developing safe child protection systems and environments.

This free presentation is aimed at:

  • Volunteers

  • Community sector organisations

  • Community organisation Board members

Presentation Outline:

  • Introduction to the Vulnerable Children Act (2014) and how this impacts on volunteers and volunteering organisations

  • Understand the role we play in keeping vulnerable children in their communities safe

  • Provision of reference material to support the development of Child Protection Policies, safety checking and safe working practices

  • Overview of child abuse in NZ

  • The importance of organisational child protection policies and how to implement these to keep children, volunteers and community groups safe

Enrolment details:

22 March            10.30am-12pm               North Shore, Auckland
22 March             2pm-3.30pm                  Manukau East, Auckland
23 March            10.30am-12pm               Rotorua
5 April                 11am-12.30pm               Gisborne
27 April               12.30pm-2pm                 New Plymouth
3 May                  1.30pm-3pm                   Nelson
4 May                  2.30pm-4pm                   Wellington
15 May                10.30am-12pm               Tauranga
22 May                 2pm-3.30pm                  Christchurch
June TBC                                                   Alexandra
June TBC                                                   Dunedin
June TBC                                                   Invercargill
June TBC                                                   Kaitaia
June TBC                                                   Whangarei

To enrol for a FREE presentation near you please click here

For further info please contact Ros Rice at Community Networks Aotearoa on 04 472 3364 or  






Download and listen to Ros interview Kelsey Scarr of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand who are working to make our homes, streets and communities safer, more caring places to live. (scroll down one on linked page to find Kelsey’s interview).



LinkPeople Webhealth Directory

Webhealth is an online directory that makes it easy for people to find details about health and social services that are the best fit for them, at any time.

Listing on Webhealth is free and a great way to reach more people and let them know about the services you have to offer. LinkPeople aim to keep all health and support services connected and listed in their directory.

They’d like to encourage all providers within our sector to list in the directory. They’d love it if you joined them!

If you’re already listed it might be a good time to double check your details (login here or email

To add your service to Webhealth:

  1. Visit and complete the sign up form.
  2. Click ‘Manage your services’ on the left of the screen, then click ‘Add a provider’.
  3. Complete the form which will capture important information about your service.

Once you’re part of the Webhealth community, people who visit Webhealth will find your services using the simple search or range of easy to understand categories.

You can also use the free community noticeboard to advertise local events, support groups, or opportunities.

LinkPeople is part of the Wise Group (its head office is in Hamilton and they have staff around the country) and helps communities keep connected and able to access health and social services. Making information freely and easily available online is one important way they do this. Take a look around at to see what it’s all about.

If you’d like to know more about LinkPeople, or need help with listing your service, give them a call on 0800 932 432 or email

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
It is not ‘them’ or ‘us’ – it is ‘we together’ by Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Social Services
Them or Us? by Phil McCarthy, Director, Prison Fellowship of New Zealand
Building a wall – who’ll pay for ours by Dr Katie Bruce, Director, Just Speak

Upcoming Conferences/Forums

Social Enterprise and Community Sector Forum – Akina Foundation and Inclusive NZ – 14 March, Wellington
Government contracts and funding are becoming more competitive and organisations are thinking about how they can remain both sustainable and true to their purpose. Many of us are wondering about how social enterprise could provide a solution and how it links with an increasing emphasis on community led development. For further info please visit

Building our Place: the Impact Conference – Community Housing Aotearoa – 7-9 June 2017, Wellington
This conference asks how the community housing sector can contribute to delivering the vision ‘all New Zealanders well housed’ and offers an opportunity to join the conversation and become part of the solution to improve housing outcomes for all New Zealanders. For further info please visit

Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration in Action – Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) – 4-5 September, Wellington
This year’s SSPA conference is for all those working in social services whether as practitioners, administrators, researchers or policy makers. For further info please visit

Watch this Space…

Empowerment and Success: A Positive Path for the NGO Sector – October 2017- Auckland
Following on from our successful joint conference in 2014, Community Networks Aotearoa and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) will come together again to present our 2017 conference. More details soon.

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  Both Ros and Fionn are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

Photo: bruceandrobyn