Pressure Creating Diamonds: How Covid-19 impacted NZ’s community sector.

Media Release: 12 April 2021 As New Zealand’s community and voluntary sector played a street-by-street, home-by-home role in our COVID-19 response, the sector came under more pressure than ever before. Growing threats to the sector’s sustainability, and new insights on how Government can respond, are laid bare in the findings of 2020’s ‘State of the Sector’ survey, released by national …

A new era for the ComVoices network

ComVoices is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Rochelle Stewart-Allen from Hui E! Community Aotearoa. “It’s great to see Rochelle stepping up as Chair and bringing in her experience in building, supporting and driving community initiatives“, says outgoing Chair, Chris Glaudel from Community Housing Aotearoa.  ComVoices, as a national network of community and voluntary organisations, draws its strengths …

Breaking down barriers to social connection

by Louise Rees, Age Concern My mother tells stories of huddling in a bomb shelter with her whanau and neighbours, singing and joking as German bombs pounded our hometown of Swansea during the Second World War, flattening a large part of the town centre. New Zealand, like the rest of the world, is now caught up in another global crisis, …

2020 State of the Sector Survey Snapshot

View the Snapshot 2020 Full ReportView the Summary ReportView the Media Release While still fragile, the community and voluntary sector is generally more stable and viable than it was two years ago. The survey of 129 community and voluntary organisations shows that the sector continues to deal with increased demands, increasing costs and has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. This …

A Fresh Take on Apprenticeships

by Jane Wenman, Careerforce For many people, when they think of apprenticeships and apprentices, they’ll likely think of predominantly young people, and chances are they will also think hammers, nails, wrenches, wiring or u-bends. Chances are they won’t think of apprenticeships across the ‘softer’ professions such as those across health and wellbeing. This requires quite a shift in perception, and …

Learning What Works in Changing Times

by Janet Miller, Community Research So much change has occurred for those of us working in the Community Sector this year. Though many of us are well acquainted with the term ‘pivot’ we couldn’t have foreseen just how often it would be heard in NGO board meetings in 2020 to describe the many adjustments to our ways of working. We …

Everyday people achieving remarkable things

by Nicola Sutton, English Language Partners Celebrating the remarkable people, all across New Zealand, who set out to learn new skills alongside an already busy life, is one benefit of running the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākoranga.  Thang Shalom Innkuan is one such learner. “Back then, ‘I didn’t know how to do anything. No friends, just my family, I …

Have your say: Covid-19 & State of the Sector 2020

Community and voluntary organisations are urged to take part in the biennial ComVoices State of the Sector survey. The survey provides vital information about the wellbeing of our community organisations which then helps ComVoices advocate effectively on your behalf.  We could not have begun to imagine what has transpired over the last few months.  Covid-19 has meant new ways of …

Educating political parties to help the community sector

Wednesday 10 June 2020 A webinar brought together six Members of Parliament and political party members to discuss their policies, priorities and responses to the needs and challenges of Aotearoa’s community and voluntary sector. For a summary of the discussions visit the Hui E! Community Aotearoa website You can read the full webinar summary compiled by Hui E! Community Aotearoa here

Six political parties discuss their support for the community and voluntary sector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 June 2020 Yesterday, a webinar brought together six Members of Parliament and political party members to discuss their policies, priorities and responses to the needs and challenges of Aotearoa’s community and voluntary sector. “There’s no doubt over the last couple of months, the absolute value of the community sector has been demonstrated in a very visceral, very …