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The Orientation Package 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 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.

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