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.
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.