Our Story

The Social Sector Innovation WBOP Charitable Trust (SociaLink) was established in 2012 following discussions with social agencies locally.

The sector sought a vehicle to facilitate capability building within the sector, to provide a collective social sector voice and become more connected to and valued in community, city and regional decision making.

Our Vision

A thriving Community and Social Sector improving
Western Bay of Plenty communities

A range of issues impact on social services including difficulties associated with a degree of fragmentation within the social services sector, challenging communication and not least, an uncertain and difficult funding environment.

SociaLink offers a wide range of services:

  • Strengthen community organisations with one-on-one organisational support, provision of learning and development, networking, provision of information, with a particular focus on Māori social services
  • Assist organisations to work together to enable increased impact through improved coordination and collaboration including facilitating meetings, assisting with planning, funding etc.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of The Kollective and support collaboration between organisations
  • Build the collective voice of the sector to enable increased influence over policy and to support collaboration between community organisations.
  • through the Community Insights Laboratory to support your organisation to gain confidence in how you collect, explore, report, visualise and learn

from the info/data you hold. We believe as a sector we will be stronger and achieve our goals individually and collectively if we use the data we hold more constructively to inform what we do.

  • Undertake research to inform and support the social sector.
  • Assist social sector providers to work together on social issues e.g. organise and facilitate meetings, apply for funding, act as a fund holder etc.
  • Assist social sector agencies to work together e.g. networksc share information, partnerships etc.
  • Work with the sector to advocate on issues of relevance to them e.g. prepare submissions etc
  • Work with Māori providers to see how SociaLink can best add value to their mahi.

Our Mission

To strengthen community organisations,
to build and empower the social sector and community sector.

Our Culture

Ngākau Tapatahi / Integrity & Fairness

Manaakitanga / Generosity & Support

Pou Tangata / Inclusivity & Accessibility

Kia Māia / Courage & Bravery

Our Principles of Practice

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Social Justice


Our Commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi