Thank You to Volunteers

NZCCSS estimates that nearly 16,000 people are doing voluntary work with social services agencies throughout New Zealand. They join the estimated 1.2 million volunteers who contribute to our community every year. Here is the story of Maurice Marks who volunteers with Christchurch City Mission. His story is typical of the work of thousands of volunteers,…

Pay Equity Settlement – what it means

An Exciting and Challenging Time Ahead NZCCSS welcomed the announcement on 18th April of the pay equity settlement as great news for carers and the older people they work with and “fantastic recognition for the work of caring”. The settlement has been widely welcomed and praised by other peak bodies with the NZ Aged Care…

Defending the Privacy of Client Data

Individual Client Level Data NZCCSS has joined with others from the ComVoices network to take a leadership role in opposing the collection of Individual Client Level Data.  This work has included supporting the crafting of an issues paper and a letter to Ministers. While the recent agreement to delay implementation for specialist sexual violence services…

Intrusive Data Collection Justification Looks Thin and Dubious

Garth Nowland-Foreman The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is controversially demanding identifying information about individual clients in exchange for its funding from 1st July. Charities and other non-profits providing essential social services are concerned this may put off vulnerable people seeking help when they need it most. It also has the potential to undermine one…

Election Issues 2017 – housing and inequality

The most recent Roy Morgan poll asking people ‘what is the biggest problem facing New Zealand’ shows that housing and homelessness have emerged to join inequality and poverty as the leading problems that people are concerned about. It will be no surprise that the on-going concerns of those working in social services in communities around…

Housing First Tackles Auckland Homelessness

NZCCSS member agencies in Auckland continue to lead the way in responding to homelessness in Auckland. The launch in March of the Auckland Housing First initiative is a collaboration driven by LifeWise, the Auckland City Mission along with VisionWest, Affinity Services and Wise Group’s LinkPeople and funded through MSD and the Auckland City Council. The…

Hope in Action Around the Country

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” (Lilla Watson) Updates from social services Giving New Confidence and Self-esteem: The Anglican Trust for Women and Children in Auckland reports their Camp Orama gave mother…

Oranga Tamariki legislation Update

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Orange Tamariki) legislation Bill What does a safe, loving and stable home look like? And who is best to provide this? These are the questions at the core of debate on a bill before the Social Services Select Committee that sets out changes to child welfare services, and that will underpin the direction and scope of…

A Snapshot of NZCCSS Membership

Over the past year NZCCSS has been overhauling and refreshing our membership database to help us better understand the range and scope of the services provided by the six church social services networks that are the NZCCSS members. The criteria for inclusion in our database is that the organisations are registered charities or part of…

Social Workers Registration – Update

The Social Service Committee has heard submissions on the government inquiry on whether registration of social workers should be mandatory. The inquiry is part of a wider review of the current operation of the legislation. NZCCSS consulted with member agencies on its submission.  The registration of social workers (under the Social Workers Registration Act 2004) was…

Community groups to be Defacto Arms of Government?

There has been a quiet revolution occurring which will have profound impacts on community-based social services organisations.  This revolution was brought to my attention recently when the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new style budgeting programme, Building Financial Capability, was released.  Buried in the RFP supplementary information is the requirement to provide Individual Client…