Better Policy – Child’s Play

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) is repeating its recent workshop on child-centred policy for the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies in Wellington on 6 September. Holly Walker, Principal Advisor and Dr Kathleen Logan, Senior Advisor, OCC, have prepared a valuable workshop on child-centred thinking and practical tools for considering children in policy making.          …

Support for female products

Salvation Army has recently launched a new online initiative allowing shoppers to donate $15 women’s hygiene bundle to young women who go without sanitary products. The initiative follows a steady increase of requests over the last year as prices have increased. Major Pam Waugh, Head of Salvation Army Community Ministries, reported “Many women, particularly mums with teenage daughters, who were…

Dangerous Conversations lecture series – August 2016

  The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is hosting a new lunchtime lecture series on important contemporary issues. Entitled ‘Dangerous Conversations’, the series focuses on four of the critical challenges facing New Zealand – the housing crisis, low wages, gender inequality, and the limitations of traditional models of charity in meeting social needs. The Dean of…

NZCCSS Post Budget Briefings

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is hosting the 3rd annual Post Budget Briefing, with Finance Minister the Hon Bill English once again fronting up to discuss his thinking behind Budget 2016 decisions. Wellington Monday 30 May 7.30am – 8.45am [light refreshments provided] Loaves and Fishes, Hill Street, Thorndon Auckland Friday 3 June 10am-11.30am…

Register now – Conference 2016

Registrations are now open for our 2016 conference and you are invited to join us for two inspiring and thought-provoking days incorporating a great mix of break-out sessions, keynote speakers, panels and workshops. Our conferences are open to everyone working in the sector. They are friendly and collegial events, a place to meet and get…

Church Education Day, 10 March 2016

Headspace: Growing personal capacity and resilience Headspace is a FREE education day with health specialists for church leaders. This event aims to equip and resource for the future health of our churches, with a focus on mental, emotional and community health. Date and Time: Thursday 10th March 2016, from 9am to 2pm. Lunch is included. Location: Grace…

Release of the Living Wage Rate 2016

The Living Wage Movement is hosting its first national event with the Release of the Living Wage Rate 2016 on 29 February. Two events will mark this occasion: The national launch will be taking place in Wellington 3-4.30pm at Pivotal Thames printing company which is a new Living Wage employer in Martin Square. Please see the…

Workshops from Karl Tomm in Wellington 8 April

The Family Centre and Massey University Pyschology Clinic in Wellington are hosting two half day workshops from Karl Tomm on 8 April 2016 9.30am-4.30am The two workshops are: Alternative Ethical Postures that Therapists Can Adopt in Clinical Decision Making [9:30 – 12:30] Deconstructing Shame and Guilt, and Opening Space for Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation [1:30…

How to amaze your funders with watertight evidence

The Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre is starting the New Year with a live Webinar – How to amaze your funders with watertight evidence– on Tuesday 9th February 11.00am “This webinar is for time-poor, cash-strapped organisations who are under pressure to produce evidence of their results.  Kate and Rachael will present tools and case studies, to help you…

Workshops on Health and Safety Act 2015

Message from Elizabeth Kay, InterChurch Bureau The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force in April 2016. Generally if Church groups are complying with the current law they will not have to make significant changes to their practices. To help Church groups and organisations understand the new law and their responsibilities under this…

Launch of the What Works Website

The Community Investment Strategy signals a sea change to how and what community-based social services are funded by MSD. A more tightly focused set of funding priorities and the requirement to ‘demonstrate’ the effectiveness of MSD contracted social services are the key changes here. New tools are needed to navigate these waters, particularly around the collation of data, information and narrative to provide…