• 25 Jul 2016 11:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The College of Child and Youth Nurse of NZ is having a one day conference in Tauranga, the day before the Paediatric Society ASM.  Please open here for details.

    Abstracts are open for submission until July 31st 2016

  • 25 Jul 2016 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Auckland Communities Foundation set to build on recent growth

    A leadership change at Auckland Communities Foundation (ACF) paves the way for its continued growth as the premier donor service provider for private philanthropy in Auckland. Whilst the Board of ACF is sorry to lose outgoing CEO Hilary Sumpter, it is condfident that newly appointed Chief Executive, Dellwyn Stuart, will quickly build on the progress the organisation has made.
     
    Dellwyn joins ACF on 1 August 2016, replacing Hilary who has led the foundation through a period of significant growth during the last three years. The new CEO has a thirty-year career spanning corporate and private business roles, the NFP sector and revitalising and leading a major grant-making foundation. Her most recent experience includes trustee roles for Philanthropy New Zealand, the Project Crimson Trust and Cure Kids, Executive Directorship with the Stevenson Foundation, and a year as Interim CEO at Cure Kids.

    In appointing Dellwyn, the Board of ACF recognised her combination of leadership experience and expertise in bringing people and resources together to solve issues that affect the lives of others. Board Chairman Geoff Clews said that,


    “Dellwyn will bring to the role very strong commercial and strategic skills, together with a high regard for authenticity, transparency and collaboration. She thrives on a fast pace and believes a strong community with shared goals are at the heart of success. She will build that both within the organisation and amongst our community of donors. The Board is really enthusiastic at her appointment and can’t wait to begin working with her.”

    The appointment of a new CEO follows other positive changes at ACF, which increase its capacity and capability in the Auckland philanthropic sector. A new Philanthropy Services Manager, Lettie Bright has joined the team, having worked for nearly seven years in the relationships team at Oxfam New Zealand.  Prior to that she worked at the Auckland University Business School whilst also studying. 
     
    Dellwyn Stuart and Lettie Bright join ACF at a period of immense growth. ACF has trebled in size over the past three years, with a focus on working with generous Aucklanders who, as donors, are keen to make a difference in their communities. Clews observed,
     
    “Both Dellwyn and Lettie are a great fit for ACF. Our management team are looking forward to working with them to build on the growth of the past three years.”

    On a personal note, outgoing CEO Hilary Sumpter said,
     
    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ACF and I’ve met some amazing people; especially our donors who care so much about Auckland, and allow us the privilege of helping them with their giving.  One of the richest parts of my role has been introducing donors to charities that are really making a difference.  Then I get to call the charity back and let them know they’re going to be given a donation by one of our donors – it’s a truly gratifying moment. That’s something that I am sure ACF’s new CEO will find equally gratifying. The Foundation is still maturing and it will be exciting to see it develop in the years to come, and have an increasing impact in the community.”

    Dellwyn and the ACF team is supported by a board that cares deeply about Auckland and the communities foundation model. Chairman Geoff Clews said,
     
    “Recent additions to the board are Pete Elderkin, Suneil Connor and Amokura Panoho. Pete is a General Manager/Chief Financial Officer with prior roles at Department of Conservation, NZ Football and MOTAT. Suneil is a senior manager at KPMG and specialises in rapidly growing businesses and Amokura comes from a background in Māori economic development with leadership roles for the Department of Labour and Auckland Council. They are already contributing greatly to ACF’s work.”
     
    With these changes Auckland Communities Foundation is set to continue to make a lasting and positive contribution to the growth of private philanthropy in Auckland and will continue to champion long-term, sustainable progress in the key areas challenging our city.


  • 25 Jul 2016 11:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kia ora koutou

    We are accepting bookings for the next Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ workshops for professionals who work with vulnerable children/youth. The aim of these is to equip professionals with knowledge and practical skills to identify and assist those children and youth who may be experiencing difficulties expressing themselves or fully following what is being said to them. 

    The general 1 day workshop will run on Friday, 19 August 2016 in Auckland and will be repeated on Friday, 21 October 2016

    An additional 'extension' workshop for people who have already done the general 1 day one will be run on 4 November 2016 and will focus more specifically on strategies and tools for youth justice and care and protection contexts. 

    Information on the flyer. Feel free to share! 

    There is a free place kindly sponsored by The Braveheart Trust available at the August workshop for someone who works with young people involved with the Courts. First come, first served for that one.  

    To book or for queries about any of the work (speech-language therapy, court-appointed Communication Assistant roles and professional training and research) we do please email us at talkingtroublenz@gmail.com 

    Please let us know if you would like us to stop sending any emails to you about our events. 

    Kind regards

    Sally Kedge


  • 25 Jul 2016 11:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What Works: Going digital to deliver wellbeing services to young people? Insights from e-tools supporting youth mental health and parenting

    From online programmes to serious games, video teleconferencing and text counselling, digital platforms lend themselves to providing preventative and self-managed care options. Commonly cited benefits include consumer empowerment, scalability, possible efficiency gains, reduced burden and social cost, standardisation of programmes and access to usage data.

    But how confident are we that such initiatives actually work?

    The publication draws out high-level findings on the most established types of digital tools for delivering wellbeing support, then digs deeper to learn about good practices from particular cases.

    It looks at:

    ·         intended users

    ·         questions of safety and support

    ·         design forms and processes

    ·         challenges in implementation, uptake, and quality assurance.

    We conclude there is a lot of potential for going digital in delivering services, if done the right way.

    Last update: 5 Jul 2016

    Read more

  • 25 Jul 2016 11:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tēnā koe

     

    Please find Issue 73 of Court in the Act.

    We value your contributions. If you would like to contribute to Court in the Act, please send all submissions to courtintheact@justice.govt.nz.

    Ngā manaakitanga

    The Office of the Principal Youth Court Judge

    Te Tari o te Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Kōti Taiohi


  • 25 Jul 2016 11:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here’s your July edition of the Nursing Pulse.

  • 25 Jul 2016 10:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Disability Connect e-bulletin for week beginning 4th July 2016. Click on the link below to access the e-bulletin and read about:

     

    • An information sheet on school holiday programmes
    • Autism NZ Conference 19/20 August - Shed 6, Wellington waterfront
    • Disability Connect AGM - Wednesday 17th August, 6pm at Disability Connect, 3b Olive Road, Penrose- all welcome
    • Makaton Beginners workshop in July
    • Free Transition Expo 'the progression from school to community life' 2nd August 9am - 2pm
    • International Asian and Ethnic Minority Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 - Call for abstracts
    • Transition seminars - learn all about the process involved for a student with a disability leaving school, multiple dates, first seminar 5th July evening at Mt Richmond School - spaces left
    • Autism Talent Gala -31st July
    • Counties Manukau Special Needs Support Group - PACT, 311 Great South Road, Papatoetoe - 5th July - Disability Connect staff are speaking there
    • Colleen Brown's disability blog - Out of Sight, Out of Mind
    • Auckland City Council needs volunteers for photo shoot
    • Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for many articles, updates and things happening in the community
    • Our e-bulletin includes links to a variety of interesting websites and articles about a wide range of disability issues.

     

    e-bulletin 4 July 2016 PDF

     

    Feel free to email any interesting news or upcoming events to Disability Connect and we will endeavour to include in our next e-bulletin due to go out the week beginning 18th July 2016.

     

    Lisa Martin
    C.E.O.
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351
    www.disabilityconnect.org.nz


  • 25 Jul 2016 10:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the Disability Connect e-bulletin for week beginning 18th July 2016. Click on the link below to access the e-bulletin and read about:

     

    • Free Transition Expo 2nd August 9am-2pm - "The progression from school to community life" - Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt Eden.  No registration needed, just turn up on the day
    • Child's Play OT - Sensory Integration for children and adults - they also see children that have Autism, Dyspraxia, Asperger's, Cerebral Palsy and more.  See information on their Development Screening test, Social Skills program, School Readiness program and Anxiety program.
    • August Disability Connect Seminars - Education Legal, Transition from school,  Work and Income Supports in Disability, Planning for Adulthood and Living Options
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop, Wellington, 18th August, 8.30am-4pm.  FREE to attend, Registration is essential.
    • Auckland Down Syndrome Association "Success in school-course", August 1st and 8th, Waipuna Hotel
    • Manawanui in Charge workshops on Citizenship with Simon Duffy and Michael Kendrick, November 15th and 18th
    • Dance Therapy NZ Parents Workshop "Attuning to your child" 18th August 6.30-9pm
    • Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome NZ (FACS NZ) presentation - Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome "What is it?"
    • Anxiety New Zealand are now offering services in Mandarin
    • Glowkids are launching a Sensory Kindy
    • Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for many articles, updates and things happening in the community
    • Our e-bulletin includes links to a variety of interesting websites and articles about a wide range of disability issues.

     

    e-bulletin 18 July 2016 PDF

     

    Feel free to email any interesting news or upcoming events to Disability Connect and we will endeavour to include in our next e-bulletin due to go out the week beginning 8th August 2016.

     

    Lisa Martin
    C.E.O.
    Disability Connect
    Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect
    09 636 0351
    www.disabilityconnect.org.nz


  • 25 Jul 2016 9:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coming Up in Term 3...

    Welcome back to another term! We hope you are keeping warm and well during the winter months. We have some great seminars lined up over the next few months, including a day presented by Lucy Hone who featured recently on the TVNZ Sunday programme. You can see the full story here. We are also running another seminar on working with suicidal youth presented by Francis Jamieson. This was an extremely popular seminar last year and we are thrilled to be able to run it again.

    Details on these seminars are below or click here to see all our available seminars.

    Read more


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