Hello everyone. It is great to be writing my first newsletter as the CEO of Auckland Communities Foundation. I’ve had a month working with the small but fabulous team here and have been getting out to meet donors and community stakeholders. A busy time!
I’m passionate about the act of giving – how rewarding it is and how powerful it can be for all involved. I know there are many Aucklanders who want to give, but don’t have the time to feel they can make a real impact.
We are a time poor society and you need to invest time to understand the charitable sector, find out where your precious dollars can have an impact and how best to contribute.
That’s where the Auckland Communities Foundation can help. It’s our job to understand the rich and varied community sector in Auckland and assist you to achieve your giving goals. We’re unique in having this perspective and offering this service to Aucklanders -without having a profit motive ourselves.
We want to see Auckland’s communities profit and we share this desire with the many people who have left a bequest for us or set up a foundation within our structure. If we can help you with your giving, please get in touch.
Read more .....
Kia ora FANNZ
Just when we think people are too busy …
FASD Awareness Day Poster
Attached is a FASDAY 2016 poster, the work of a Year 13 student from Lynfield College in Auckland who chose FASD Awareness resources for her level 3 NCEA Design & Visual Communication Subject. Please feel free to print, save and share (oh, and it will have 2017 on it for next year). We think she has done a fine job and wish her well for the future!
FASD Awareness Day NDHB Special Edition
Attached is a Special Edition of Alcohol and Other Drugs Update compiled especially for FASDAY by Dave Hookway from Northland DHB. It is wonderful to see our growing collective efforts to raise awareness and support for FASD prevention and intervention gathered together in one place! Isn’t it amazing what happens with very little when good people get together! Thank you for compiling and enabling others to share this useful resource Dave.
FASD Awareness Day ads on i-heart radio
A series of radio ads promoting the no alcohol when pregnant message will feature on i-Heart Radio over the coming two weeks. Thanks again to the generosity of Northland DHB, the nation gets to hear this!
Hawkes Bay Collaboration for FASDAY
Details of FASDAY activities in the wonderful Hawkes Bay have appeared on Scoop
Bay of Plenty TV Ad
Janet and friends from Tauranga got together to produce an advert which aired in many regions last year. Efforts to do that again are continuing. You can watch the advert on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ16ubMrLIg Janet wishes to remind people - Please note no babies were harmed in the making of this ad)!!
FASD Policy and Research Forum
Don’t forget to join in the discussion about the Government’s FASD Action Plan and FASD research @ this year’s FASDAY Policy and Research Forum in Association with the University of Auckland School of Population Health. It’s FREE and NO Need to RSVP.
When: 9am- 12.00pm Friday 9th September.
Where: Building 721: Room 201 University of Auckland Tamaki Campus. Details @ www.fan.org.nz
Kia ora koutou and welcome to theSeptember edition of the YCAP newsletter.
This month, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, visited New Zealand. She is the first indigenous person in Canada’s history to hold this position. The purpose of her visit was to gain insights into our justice system.
Hon Wilson-Raybould was particularly interested in New Zealand’s approach to youth justice. This provided a great opportunity for us to share with her all the great work that is happening in communities across the country under YCAP, in particular the work of Youth Offending Teams.
As noted in the August newsletter, YCAP events have been held in Kaitaia, Whangarei, Auckland, and Rotorua. In this newsletter, we share with you a snippet of the Rotorua and Auckland events.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through the YCAP ideas email address YCAPideas@justice.govt.nz
In this edition...
Youth in Emergency Services is a national programme run collaboratively with the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
On this page:
About the Youth in Emergency Services programme
How does the Youth in Emergency Services programme work?
How to apply?
Experience from the Youth in Emergency Services programme participants
Youth in Emergency Services programme - Real Story
The Youth in Emergency Services programme provides a great opportunity to build the knowledge and skills of our young people to contribute to both emergency preparedness and response in New Zealand. These experiences will pay dividends both for the individuals involved and our wider communities.
The programme is designed to grow and strengthen young people’s connection to their community by encouraging them to engage with a range of emergency services.
Volunteer emergency services run the Youth in Emergency Services programme as an inspiration orientation for young people to volunteer in their community.
In June 2016, the Minister for Youth announced funding totalling $100,000 to support the continuation of the Youth in Emergency Services programme in 2016/2017.
To read more ........
Funded by the Ministry of Health, SPARX is therapy in an online game format and aims to help young people struggling with difficult emotions.
Are your students struggling with their feelings or just in a bad mood that never ends?
SPARX can help! SPARX is a clinically tested, evidence-based online game targeted at 12 to 19-year-olds (but can be of interest to younger students also) and is designed to help them feel better.
They can go online, play the game for free and learn skills that they can use in everyday life so that they start to feel better.
SPARX is therapy in a game format designed to help teens who are down, depressed or stressed. Feedback from alternative education students said it also helped with feelings of anger.
Researched and designed by the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, SPARX was then funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.
SPARX uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to help young people change how they think about things and how they behave which leads to improvements in how they feel. The SPARX Guide acts as a virtual therapist, relating skills learnt in the game to real life.
Free SPARX resources, including posters and slides can be obtained by emailing Angela email@example.com.
Test out SPARX yourself – www.sparx.org.nz – or learn more through the training module www.goodfellowunit.org/courses/e-therapy-youth-depression.
To read more ....
30 August 2016
The Commissioning Framework is part of an outcome-focused approach. This framework, along with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcome Framework, provides national guidance to enable us to measure outcomes that make a real difference for people.
This Commissioning Framework describes a consistent approach to commissioning responses across New Zealand, using the relevant information to purchase the responses to best meet the needs of the local population. It describes the components that are critical to successfully commissioning and the process that will be used by those responsible for commissioning mental health and addiction care. This includes planners, funders, contract managers, boards, groups, agencies and/or those in designated commissioning roles.
It describes a consistent approach to commissioning responses across New Zealand, using the relevant information to purchase the responses to meet the needs of the local population.
The implementation of this Framework requires a fundamental shift to an increased focus on measurable outcomes as part of measuring results. Robust measures will need to be adopted that can capture the three parts of the Triple Aim: improved quality, safety and experience of care; improved health and equity for all populations; and best value for public health system resources. Current resources will need to be used differently and reinvested into improving outcomes for people with mental health and addiction issues.
To read more ......
Community Investment Update
Investing together for stronger communities
In this August 2016 issue:
Message from Bryan Wilson - Community Investment
New children’s agency established
From Budget Services to Building Financial Capability
Family Start expansion
Child, Youth and Family changes now in effect
Change in delivery method for contract remittance advice notices
Increasing quality youth development opportunities at the heart of new MYD focus
New Family Services Directory feature for regional provider data
Children’s Action Plan
It’s not OK resources mobilise communities
Inspirational waiata promote positive change
Pacific leaders share solutions to prevent family violence
First ever FASD econometric study for NZ
Following closely on the heels
of the Government FASD Action Plan, is a paper published in the New Zealand
Medical Journal, revealing some of the hidden economic implications of FASD.
Authored by Dr Brian Easton and colleagues, the paper ‘Productivity Losses
Associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand’, estimate
that FASD occurring in one in every one hundred live births would result in
losses to New Zealand’s market productivity of between $49 million and $200
million each year. Read the full paper which is open access online [https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2016/vol-129-no-1440/6974
For some media coverage go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/311391/foetal-alcohol-disorders-affecting-24,000-nz-workers
FASD Action Plan Submissions
A Ministry of Health Analysis of Submission made on Taking
Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’ is now available to view online. http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/taking-action-fasd-analysis-of-submissions-aug16.pdf
Listen to Anita Gibbs speaking about the FASD Action Plan
on Dunedin TV
09.09 FASDAY ACTION!!!
Have your say on FASDAY!
Come and join in the discussion this FASD Awareness Day Policy
and Research Forum @ the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus Friday 9th
September 9.00am-12.00pm (Bldg 721; Room 201). You will have an
opportunity to hear first-hand from Dr Easton speaking about his published
article on FASD and lost productivity and Catherine McCullough from the
Ministry of Health speaking about the Government FASD Acton plans for the next
3 years. It’s FREE and NO Need to RSVP. Details @ www.fan.org.nz.
Other activities to mark
Thanks to WCTU we have some
Promotional Band Aid dispensers to give away with the message “NO Band Aid
for FASD. For your baby’s sake – NO alcohol when pregnant.’ If you would
like some to hand out on FASDAY please email me firstname.lastname@example.org with name and postal
Dunedin Cathedral bells ring out on FASDAY
AT 9.09am on Friday 9th
September, St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of Dunedin will ring its bells to
mark the significance of the FASD Awareness Day message. Since it began
in 1999, FASDAY has included bells ringing around the world. New Zealand
has a proud tradition of marking the day in this way. For details contact
Jenny Salmon email@example.com.
FASD Awareness Day PLEDGE
Let’s join our friends in
Australia with a pledge to not drink any alcohol on FASD Awareness Day!
Get two friends to join you, and they tell two friends who tell two friends and
pretty soon ….?!!
Health Promotion Advisor
and FASD Project Coordinator
Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland
*: P.O. Box 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149
(: (09) 520 7037 I firstname.lastname@example.org
:: www.ahw.org.nz www.fan.org.nz
Please join us for a special day of celebration as the Otago Youth Wellness Trust marks 20 years of service to our community with a symposium “ Adolescence- A window of opportunity”.
Our speakers are respected local and national leaders known for their contribution to the wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
We look forward to seeing you on the 1st September.
Nga mihi nui
Otago Youth Wellness Trust
Disability Connect are delighted to announce another round of Work and Income Supports related to Disability seminars. Please click here to see the flier. To book please contact us on 09 636 0351 or email@example.com. Please provide a phone number and email address when booking.
This seminar is hosted by Disability Connect and will be presented by Vaughan Dodd and colleagues (Work and Income Disability Advisors).
This seminar is free to family members and will clearly explain the types of Work and Income supports which individuals may be eligible for if living with a disability or raising a child with a disability. Eligibility criteria will be explained – also whether particular supports are means tested or not, and income thresholds if they are.
The main Work and Income supports being discussed are:
As Work and Income Disability Advisors these presenters cannot participate in personal discussions regarding individual’s circumstances – Disability Advisors liaise directly with frontline Work and Income staff. Their presentation will be broad and informational. Any questions or individual issues can be addressed to Disability Connect staff and we will endeavour to have your questions answered.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.
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Wednesday 10th August 7-9pm
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Tuesday 6th September 7-9pm
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Thursday 22nd September 7-9pm
Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa
Tuesday 25th October 12-2pm
Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose
Wednesday 9th June 7-9pm
Disability Connect premises, 3b Olive Road, Penrose
Tuesday 22nd November 7-9pm
Yes Disability Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany
Disability Connect now charges $20 including GST for each professional attending (working in the disability sector) attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit. We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments. We are happy to send an invoice at time of booking of a professional and payment is required prior to attendance. Refunds will only be given if you cancel and this must be made at least 24 hours prior to the seminar. Please phone to cancel.
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