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Social agencies discuss effect of Budget on child poverty

What does the Budget mean for the local social sector, and children living in poverty in New Zealand? The Western Bay of Plenty branch of the Child Poverty Action Group supported by SociaLink are hosting a discussion on May 24 for social agencies to hear the national...

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New Organisational Advisor for SociaLink

Christa George is the new Organisational Advisor for SociaLink. SociaLink is the umbrella organisation for social agencies and charities in the Bay of Plenty. Christa has more than 25 years’ experience working in executive management teams across the education and...

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Commissioners meet with social agencies

Tauranga city commissioners met with social agencies this week to discuss the Long Term Plan and Annual Plan for the city. The meeting was organised by SociaLink, the umbrella agency for social agencies in the Western Bay, and was focused on community needs for the...

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Families still locked in poverty after benefit rise

Increases to benefits on April 1 will still leave families locked in poverty, a study released today by the Fairer Future collaboration says.Liz Davies, general manager of SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay’s social agencies and charities,...

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Inflation hitting community organisations hard

Inflation and the effects of Covid are hitting community organisations and charities hard, according to research by SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay’s social agencies. SociaLink surveyed organisations about the impact of increasing inflation on...

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Waipu Hauora makes use of data insights

SociaLink’s Community Insights service is helping Waipu Hauora’s health and wellness service do more with the information it collects on the people it serves. The Hauora, based at Hungahungatoroa Marae, is the main health and social service provider for the community...

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Families delighted with digital help

Families in need throughout the western Bay of Plenty are getting their children online for school, thanks to 50 Chromebooks funded by a group of funders. The 50 laptops for families in need have been funded by Western Bay of Plenty’s Covid-19 Recovery Fund,...

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Māori mental health trust looks for tutors

A Tauranga Māori mental health trust is looking for instructors who can teach traditional crafts to people struggling with mental health issues. Kessie Kohu of Rau Ō Te Huia Community Trust, which operates from 20th Avenue, says learning traditional crafts such as...

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Mentoring on offer for social agencies

SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for Western Bay of Plenty social agencies and charities, is looking for experienced local leaders to mentor up-and-coming managers in the not-for-profit sector. SociaLink has appointed a Mentoring Programme Coordinator to link...

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Social agencies, Priority One meet on employment issues

Young people and those with disabilities face many difficulties in gaining employment, a meeting of social agencies, Priority One and other agencies heard in Tauranga last week.The meeting, organised by social agency umbrella group SociaLink, Priority One and the...

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Growing divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated

People need to fight the Covid virus, not each other, the general manager of SociaLink, the Western Bay’s umbrella social agency says.Liz Davies says there’s a growing divide between those who have had their Covid-19 vaccination and those who haven’t. “Facing the...

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