We are so pleased to have had such a great response to the Combined Nelson Tasman Community and Whanau meeting that took place on Wednesday 6 March at Trafalgar Park. Thank you once again Nelson Tasman Community and Whanau, volunteers, organisations, speakers, the Volunteer Nelson team of staff and volunteers, and the Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister for Whānau Ora, Youth and for the Community and Voluntary Sector, for joining us to contribute to a successful knowledge sharing and community networking event.
We are grateful to all who attended; for your questions and the discussions that ensued. Some interesting questions were asked and answered during topics on growing skill sets in governance and capacity building in community organisations, collaborating more with one another on projects with shared outcomes, sharing of information, resources and best practice, and changes to funding streams that will improve fund application and reporting efficiency. Thank you to Nicola Gausel and Scott Tambisari from Nelson City Council who added news on the Community Funders Network and Partnering for Impact. Age Concern introduced Age Connect that is targeting social isolation and loneliness by connecting people socially. Volunteer Nelson is excited to see how many volunteers are involved in this project.
Panel discussion: Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace
Susan Booth spoke about Mindz and mental wellbeing at work and opened a panel discussion on the subject, facilitated by Chris Allison from Health Action Trust. The panel included Nicola Zielinski from Workbridge, Stephanie Vincent from NCC and Jessica Trott from the Cawthorne Institute whose organisations are reaping the benefits of caring for their employees’ mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Key comments included the importance of management support, communication and connection between employees and their employers, showing recognition and gratitude, and being physically active. Also important is identifying people who can mentor or be a point of contact for people to get support for their mental wellbeing.
The key point is that organisations cannot run without their people. We need to look after and value them.
Minister Peeni Henare
Minister Henare spoke on the funding challenges faced by community organisations, a push for more multiyear funding arrangements and changes to some of the funding pools. He spoke about the modernisation of the Charities Act, saying, “the sector had left the Act behind.” For it to function in a way that will work for the Sector, he needs to hear our voices and encourages organisations to attend a consultation on 12 April in Nelson. Read more about it at https://www.dia.govt.nz/charitiesact#Consult, and then please RSVP to [email protected] to register your attendance.
The Minister also echoed research from Volunteering NZ that volunteering is being affected by an aging population and the challenges in engaging younger people. He spoke about growing opportunities to give people the ability to volunteer the way they choose and empowering communities to get the best out of volunteering. He thanked organisations and volunteers for the work they do in the community and said it is “people like you that make Aotearoa what it is. Thank you.”
The Combined Community and Whanau meeting was closed with a heartfelt waiata by Nicola Zielinski from Workbridge.
Continue to look out for more sector news on our Volunteer Nelson facebook page, each other’s pages and on our Volunteer Nelson blog: https://www.volunteernelson.org.nz/c…/volunteer-nelson-news/