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Deirdre Ryan, Wellbeing North Canterbury Presentation to Nelson Community and Whanau – 9 April

Do you struggle to find trustees, board or committee members?

Can one governance organisation coordinate the delivery of a range of different social services?

Hear from Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust manager, Deirdre Ryan, how they solved this problem at a special session of the Nelson Community and Whanau Network at 12 noon – 1.30 pm, Wednesday 9 April, at the Trafalgar Pavilion, Trafalgar Park.


 The Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust is a single organisation that delivers a range of 16 social services from Emergency Food Assistance to Restorative Justice.  They’ve served three towns for the last 20 years with stable funding and a trust structure.  They also provide backroom services to other organisations.

More to the point – invite your trustees, board member, committee and funders to attend. We’d all benefit if we could reduce the time spent on applying for funds, doing accountability reports and hunting for trustees. Find the freedom  to do what you do best – deliver those essential services.

Invitation and more information: Deirdre Ryan talk on governance and community groups
Please put this flyer on your noticeboard and email it to anyone who might want to find out more.

If you have any topics you would particularly like Deirdre to cover, contact Volunteer Nelson. There will be time for questions, plus a follow-up meeting later that afternoon for groups that would like to find out more – please RSVP if you would like to attend the next steps meeting to jacqui@volunteernelson.org.nz

We’re really excited that Deirdre is traveling up specially for our next Community & Whanau meeting to talk about the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust model. The idea of a single governance structure coordinating a range of different (but complementary) social services isn’t new in Nelson, but we haven’t yet managed to make it happen. It’s heartening to see that this model can work – and has been working for twenty years in Kaiapoi, Amberley and Rangiora.

Hence the invitation to Deirdre to find out more – and to begin to explore whether there is an appetite to take the next steps towards that sort of model in Nelson.

For anyone who has ever wondered why we have a large, complex and people-intensive structure for each tiny, struggling and impoverished community organisation; all this duplication of administration and the struggle to secure funding when we just want to get out there and do what we do best, delivering those services – this might just be part of the solution.

Cost: Koha

Contact Name: Jacqui Irwin

Contact Phone: 03 546 7681

Contact Email: jacqui@volunteernelson.org.nz