Orientation Package – Getting to know the Social Sector in the Western BOP

Today SociaLink released its new Orientation Package – A guide to the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty, to a crowd of around 100 people. 

It contains a huge amount of information that will be extremely useful for those wishing to better understand the social sector – whether a graduating student, a business interested in philanthropy,  a new comer to the area or someone wishing to move to employment in this sector. The booklet, which will be available online from 18 February, is a comprehensive guide describing in detail the social sector as well as an online directory listing key organisations categorised by type. Nationally, the social sector is a $9.4 billion industry including $3.5 billion in volunteer contributions (2013). It generates 4.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and has 130,000 paid staff as well as 1.2 million volunteers, comprising 1 in 10 of the whole workforce. There are approximately 225 social service providers delivering over 700 services in WBOP. The primary purposes are: social cohesion and connectedness, health, advocacy, access and inclusion, mental health. This resource will be a significant asset for anyone who wishes to know more about the social sector in the western Bay of Plenty.

Disruptive Thinking across the Health System: Empowering People to Age Well

Two International experts are coming to the BOP District Health Board to share their latest research on the impact of ageing and how to empower populations to age well.

Prof Carol Jagger is the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing in Newcastle

Prof Ngaire Kerse is recognised as an international expert in maximising health for older people, falls and older people, and the impact of physical activity on development of disability

Bookings are essential before Friday 7 December

Download more information here.

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