About the Strengthening Community Governance Project
The Strengthening Community Governance Project began in 2017 and is steered by Rātā Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Volunteer Nelson, Te Pūtahitanga and community representatives.
There has been in-depth research commissioned by Rātā Foundation & Nelson City Council, and full community involvement. A comprehensive action plan has been developed and there is an engaged action group taking the project further. You can read Strengthening Community Governance in Nelson and Tasman report here.
Some initiatives to come out of the project so far are comprehensive professional development training opportunities, scoping of a research portal and Volunteer Nelson’s latest Governance CV system. See more below.
A good way to keep up to date with what is happening is to join the Strengthening Community Governance facebook group here. If you would like to find out about joining the action group, contact Community Partnerships Adviser, Scott Tambisari at Nelson City Council, [email protected].
Upcoming Governance Events
“The Secret of Better Board Meetings”
When: Thursday 6th June 2019, 5.15 – 7pm.
Where: Room T308, NMIT, Nelson Campus
Cost: Free event – registration required
Wasting hours, while taking the minutes? How do you set yourself up for better board meetings? Two-thirds of a meeting’s success is determined before it starts. Preparation is crucial. As is being aware of, and actively using, particular processes that make for good group decision-making (which is different from individual decision-making).
The session will be led by Garth Nowland-Foreman, an experienced trainer and facilitator, and non-profit governance expert. Garth is a director of the LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance and Leadership www.lead.org.nz.
Final session in this series:
Thurs 4 July: The Role of the Chair & Getting People to Participate
Participation is the purpose. Otherwise you may as well send an email. Sounds good in theory, but how do you actually do it when there are so many barrier conspiring to get in the way? This session will give you handy tips to get things done while you are having fun, overcome some of the most common barriers to participation, and use consensus in practice (without falling into ‘group think’).
More about this Project…
The Strengthening Community Governance Project began in 2017 and is making significant progress towards short and long term project outcomes that were collectively set at the end of 2017.
There is a steering group for the project including Rātā Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Volunteer Nelson, Te Pūtahitanga and community representatives. There is also a wider Action Group supporting and informing the project and a community of learning developing around regular Governance Bites training sessions.
For any questions contact Jane at Volunteer Nelson on 03 546 7681.
Those wishing to volunteer their skills and experience as a governance member for not-for-profit organisations can complete a CV style profile here. Not-for-profit organisations searching for governance members with particular skill sets can search through the CVs, and Volunteer Nelson can connect organisations with volunteers.
Create a Governance CV
Want to let organisations know you are out there, and what your skills are? Take a few minutes to fill in a Governance CV style profile. Volunteer Nelson will add your CV to the published list on this website. Your contact details will be replaced with a unique ID. When an organisation responds to your CV, Volunteer Nelson will contact you, and you can choose whether to get in contact with that organisation.
To withdraw your CV please contact [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681.
View Current Governance CVs
Are you a community organisation on the look out for board members? Are you looking for a board member with particular skills? Click on the button below to browse through our currently held Governance CVs.
Names and contact details are not published. Contact Volunteer Nelson with the Unique ID of the Governance CV and Volunteer Nelson will pass on your contact details to the person. Email Volunteer Nelson at [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681.
Advertise for a Board Member
If you would like to advertise for a board member, you can use Volunteer Nelson’s free Volunteer Referral Service here or may want to consider the Institute of Directors ‘Director Vacancies’ here. There is a cost for the Institute of Director’s service but it is heavily discounted for non-profits.
Volunteer Nelson have a collection of resources to do with governance that you might find useful. Click on the button below to access and browse the folder. Please feel free to make suggestions of resources you would like us to add to this collection, email [email protected].