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NEW!! Nelson Connects Volunteer Expo

Come and be part of the first volunteer expo in Nelson! Happening 7 March!

The exhibitors at this expo will be community organisations. This is a great opportunity to be part of an organized event to promote your organisation, recruit volunteers and network within your community.

There is limited space so please let us know if you would like to be part of this event by filling in the registration form (closes 31 January 2020).

Venue: Annesbrook Community Church

Date: Saturday 7 March 2020

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Organisation to take part in Volunteer Expo

Community News and Views

Community News & Views (CN&V) is a twice monthly e-newsletter administered by Volunteer Nelson, and is distributed on the first and third Tuesday’s of the month.  Anyone from a community organisation can submit their information about: news, events, meetings and training opportunities taking place across the Nelson Tasman region. Due to size and administrative constraints, your post will only appear for a maximum of two consecutive newsletters. Please resubmit to have your item included after this time.

The Networker

The Networker/Te Kupenga Newsletter is a monthly health related e-newsletter produced by the Public Health Services of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. It is incorporated into Community News & Views and is distributed on the first Tuesday of every month.

Share your news

Upload an item to be included in the next issue of Community News and Views.
To ensure inclusion in the next issue, please submit items by 5pm the Friday before publishing.

Subscribe to CN&V

Subscribe to receive fortnightly Community News and Views newsletter to your e-mail.
(This will also sign you up for information about monthly Community & Whanau Meetings)

Latest Community News

Mental Health Foundation Survey

The Mental Health Foundation recognises the important role communities play in suicide prevention and is currently developing a new resource around organising events and speaking publicly about suicide.
read more

‘Soup Kitchen meals restart for 2020’

Loaves and Fishes famous lunchtime meals restart at noon on Tues Feb 11 then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until Christmas. Go to the hall behind All Saints church at 30 Vanguard St. The cost $3 per meal or two for $5 or five for $10. Any queries? Phone 548 2601.
read more

LifeKeepers suicide prevention (gatekeeper) workshops in Nelson – 25 & 26 February

The LifeKeepers programme aims to equip communities and whānau with the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent suicide.
read more

Community & Whanau Network Meetings

The Nelson Community & Whanau (C&W) Network meetings are an opportunity for staff and volunteers from community organisations to get together on a monthly basis.  These meetings provide a forum where issues, ideas or projects of interest can be raised and discussed, and valuable information, ideas and strategies shared.

Please contact [email protected] with Community & Whānau in the subject line if you require any further information, or to register your interest to speak at or facilitate one of these meetings.  We email out a reminder a week before each meeting via the Community News and Views mailing list, and minutes are usually sent out within ten days of the meeting.

2020 Community & Whanau meeting dates

  • 12 February 2020 (Please be aware there will be limited parking, due to contractors on site, so please come early as you may need to park outside the venue)
  • 5 March 2020 (Combined meeting to be held St Thomas’s Church in Motueka)
  • 8 April 2020
  • 13 May 2020
  • 10 June 2020
  • 8 July 2020
  • 12 August 2020 (Meet the Candidates Forum, facilitated by CAN)
  • 9 September 2020
  • 14 October 2020
  • 11 November 2020
  • 9 December 2020

There are also Community & Whanau Network meetings in Golden Bay, Richmond and Motueka.

Richmond: QUARTERLY, coordinator Caroline Budge, [email protected]

Motueka: FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month, contact coordinator Rae Dozell, [email protected].

Golden Bay: Fourth Tuesday of the Month coordinator Jo Sharpe at Mohua Social Services, [email protected], 03 5259728

Community Governance

If you are part of a community organisation board or committee or would like to be, have a look at our Governance Page for information, training, recruitment and support.

Volunteer Nelson are a part of the Strengthening Community Governance Project. The Strengthening Community Governance Project began in 2017 and is steered by Rata Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Volunteer Nelson, Te Putahitanga and community representatives who have been working with the governance community to develop an action plan. There a number of initiatives happening or in the pipeline, to support the governance community.

Thanks to a generous donation from The Car Company, we are able to continue our recognition of local community champions. We invite community organisations to nominate a volunteer that makes a great contribution to their organisation. This is the kind of volunteer that stands out from the crowd, that you know you can rely on to be there, and get the job done. Volunteer Nelson will select one nominated volunteer each month and will present them with a certificate, supermarket voucher and a tasty contribution towards morning tea.  We will acknowledge the volunteer, with their permission, on our Facebook page.

If your group or organisation is not registered with Volunteer Nelson and would like to know more, please give the team a call on 03 546 7681 or email [email protected]

CNA website

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations.

An easy search function on the homepage helps you quickly find what you are looking for and you can add your favourite resources to your Toolkit.

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