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Breaking down barriers to social connection

LELlogoStdLockupMy mother tells stories of huddling in a bomb shelter with her whanau and neighbours, singing and joking as German bombs pounded our hometown of Swansea during the Second World War, flattening a large part of the town centre.

New Zealand, like the rest of the world, is now caught up in another global crisis, but instead of huddling together, people are facing unprecedented social restrictions in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. At a time of increased anxiety and hardship for many, we are required to isolate and distance ourselves from others as never before. Read more »

Everyday people achieving remarkable things

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Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Celebrating the remarkable people, all across New Zealand, who set out to learn new skills alongside an already busy life, is one benefit of running the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākoranga.  Thang Shalom Innkuan is one such learner.

Back then, “I didn’t know how to do anything. No friends, just my family, I didn’t have a car, anything.”

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Learning ‘What Works’ in Changing Times

Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

Janet (1) (2)So much change has occurred for those of us working in the Community Sector this year. Though many of us are well acquainted with the term “pivot” we couldn’t have foreseen just how often it would be heard in NGO board meetings in 2020 to describe the many adjustments to our ways of working. We have seen rapidly changing levels of need in communities, and Government funding has flowed to the sector in ways that we would never have predicted pre Covid-19. As a sector committed to responding to need, we are accustomed to adapting to the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but the current rate of change is unprecedented. Read more »

Prompting and promoting participation

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Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Having more time to educate and support people to enrol and vote in the election is an upside of the date being moved to 17 October. But, how much do you know about participating in the election? Read more »

Community housing providers calling for bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis – participate in the webinar

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Chief Executive | Community Housing Aotearoa

New Zealand’s community housing providers are asking politicians with their sights set on the Beehive to commit to bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis.  Community housing providers have written a ‘letter of expectations’ detailing a set of specific actions required in order for all New Zealanders to have somewhere that is safe, warm affordable and permanent to live.  Read more »

Elevating the voices of volunteers – state of volunteering 2020

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Kaihautū – Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand’s State of Volunteering Report 2020 released in early July presents a detailed view of the state of volunteering in Aotearoa New Zealand at a critical point in the nation’s history—just prior to the Level 4 lockdown being imposed as the Covid-19 pandemic hit our shores.

The report is supported by quantitative data from official sources, as well as responses received from the State of Volunteering online survey.

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Time for those in Parliament to listen to the voice of the Community Sector

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Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

“The view while one is in parliament that all change stems from there is far from correct. Nearly all causes with any value start outside parliament and are far ahead of parliamentary debates.  There is much more ability to change lives in the community than in parliament, particularly in the hands-off neoliberal age.” Liz Gordon The Daily Blog
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Have your say: ComVoices Covid-19 and State of the Sector survey 2020

comvoices-2020-survey-social-media-postCommunity and voluntary organisations are urged to take part in the biennial ComVoices State of the Sector survey.

The survey provides vital information about the wellbeing of our community organisations which then helps ComVoices advocate effectively on your behalf.  We could not have begun to imagine what has transpired over the last few months.  Covid-19 has meant new ways of working and changed the landscape for our community organisations. Read more »

Join us at the Election Forum this afternoon

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Community organisations are today asking Members of Parliament and political party members to spell out their plans for the community and voluntary sector in the lead-up to New Zealand’s general election in September.

Being able to access services and feel connected with the communities we live, work and socialise in are essential to New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Read more »

What does a thriving community and voluntary sector look like as we move into a post-pandemic era?

Insta Generic - WebinarElections matter and are a good opportunity to engage directly with those who make the decisions which impact the wellbeing of our society.  The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the inequalities which have festered far too long. Now is the time to shape a new way forward which provides as much focus on our social, cultural and environmental needs as the economic obsessions of the past. Read more »

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