15 Years of Friendship & Support

Selwyn Centres celebrate 15 years of providing friendship and support to older people in the community September 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of The Selwyn Foundation’s ‘Selwyn Centres’ charitable outreach programme, which aims to combat the problems of loneliness and social isolation of elderly people living alone in the community. The initiative, which provides neighbourhood…

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Review of family violence legislation

  There has been a flurry of activity around the NGO sector in response to the Ministry of Justice’s review of family violence legislation. The consultation document “Strengthening New Zealand Legislative Response to Family Violence” represented a comprehensive and well researched document that captured clearly the complexity of different types of violence and safety issues. it also covered a range of mechanisms…

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Modernising Child, Youth and Family

  Modernising Child, Youth and Family (CYF): Interim Report makes for a compelling read. The document identifies clearly the areas where the current CYF’s operating model are not working well but it is the children’s voices that speak the loudest in this document, and it would take a hard heart not to be moved by their account of parenting by the state, and…

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State of Care Report 2015

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills has shone a light on some of our most vulnerable children in the office’s first annual monitoring report into children in state care, and it makes for a gruelling read in parts. The 62 page report highlights pockets of very good social work and dedicated people, particularly at the ‘front end’ work that focusses…

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Wellington’s 14 Hour Homeless Event 8 October

The Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), the Soup Kitchen, Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, Wellington Night Shelter and The Salvation Army have joined together to raise funds for their work with homeless people and to raise awareness about Wellington City Council’s Te Mahana initiative to eradicate homelessness in the city. Collectively these organisations work with hundreds of people each year who…

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