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Haere Mai to our new staff members!

Liz Stewart has taken on the role of Research, Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Liz brings decades of experience in undertaking social research, particularly in drugs and alcohol and mental health.  Please contact Liz if you want to access the findings from the Mapping the Social Sector project, assistance with undertaking, using or accessing research or in undertaking advocacy on issues close to your heart lizstewart@socialink.org.nz.

Anneke Grogan has started an internship with SociaLink as part of her degree in Health and Society, Psychology and Physiology and Health Management and is assisting Liz Stewart in her work.  It’s great to be able to offer a student an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the social sector.

Dale Johnson is taking on the role of Māori Engagement Advisor in late June to help SociaLink build relationships with Māori social service providers, iwi and hapu and look for opportunities to add value to the great work of Māori providers.  Dale brings a lot of experience in the social sector, particularly the disability sector, strong networks with local iwi and hapu and a passion for improving Māori social outcomes.  To contact Dale email Dale@socialink.org.nz.

Mapping the Social Sector

On the back of the launch of the Mapping the Social Sector findings we are out and about sharing the findings with the social sector via presentations to local networks , funders and stakeholders to encourage discussions and find ways to enhance the social sector.  Get in touch with me if you would like SociaLink to present the findings to your organisation or network.

We are delighted that we are getting requests for organisations wanting to use the findings, please contact Liz Stewart if you want to access the findings.

We are diving deeper into the findings, in particular looking in more detail about sub sectors e.g. health, disability, Māori providers etc.  As this information becomes available we will post them on our website.

Ever thought about the link between trees and improved health and wellbeing?

Research recently released of 50,000 New Zealand children suggests that living in greener areas with more exposure to native plants and a wider variety of vegetation may reduce the risk of being asthmatic.  A report by Toi Te Ora – Public Health Services identify many more social, health and educational benefits of living near trees and plants.  Read the research https://www.ttophs.govt.nz/vdb/document/1973

Our friends in the environmental sector, Envirohub, are obviously tree huggers and have many trees available for you too to embrace.  Got room for a tree, a space to plant trees to realise the many benefits of trees? Don’t have space? Envirohub will find space to plant them.  Go to Envirohub’s website https://envirohub.org.nz/buy-tree/ to purchase Pohutukawa trees for the low price of $11.50  per tree.