Elder Abuse and Neglect Response tender open

These services have gone out to tender. The description below suggests that there could be one or many organisations appointed across the country. Connect South are happy to facilitate a community meeting to investigate a collaborative bid if people or organisations are interested. Details of a briefing meeting are below.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is seeking to appoint suitably qualified provider(s) across New Zealand to be responsible for the day to day delivery of Elder Abuse and Neglect Response services (EANR) within their communities. EANR responds to the needs of older people experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect. The service has a primary focus on intervention.

The Ministry is seeking to appoint provider(s) across New Zealand who will be responsible for the day to day delivery of EANR within their communities.

The service delivery aims include:

  • a primary focus on intervention – direct assistance for older people experiencing elder abuse and neglect
  • interventions are responsive to the needs of older people who have experienced or at risk of abuse and neglect in a timely manner
  • interventions that are culturally responsive, particularly for Māori and Pasifika and migrant groups
  • preventing revictimisation of older people experiencing abuse and or neglect.

Key outcomes

In delivering EANR we want to see the following outcomes achieved:

  • older people experiencing (or perceived to be) abuse and neglect are protected and safe
  • older people’s views are respected, valued and they are recognised as the experts of their lives
  • older people are empowered to be self-determining, independent and confident in their daily life, as appropriate
  • older people, their families and whānau are connected to services and work together.

The direct link to the EANR tender is: https://www.gets.govt.nz/MSD/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=18456363

A briefing about the new service and tender will be held:

Date: Friday 24th March 2017

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Venue: Dunedin Community Link, Ministry of Social Development, Cnr Castle and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin

NB* please bring a form of ID as this will be requested when accessing the building

RSVP: Stuart.Gray015@msd.govt.nz Larna.McCarthy019@msd.govt.nz


Artsenta is running an afterhours trial

From February Artsenta will trial after hours studio sessions for 8 weeks. This is for people who want to be creative but can’t attend during normal opening hours. If you know someone that could benefit from this initiative please pass this information on.

Artsenta is a community art workshop for people who have experience of mental illness, they celebrated their 30th year in 2016.

Sessions are 5-7pm on Wednesdays from 8 February until 29 March.

No referral is needed but people need to have had some contact with a mental health provider, PHO or GP.

Artists will be asked for a koha and will be expected to be able to work independently.

The sessions are in addition to Artsenta’s funded service.

Artsenta director, Paul Smith, said the initiative is being undertaken due to requests made by members of the community, “There are a number of people who have come to Artsenta and really benefited from it, but work commitments now prevent them from attending. We want to support them and also open the door to other people who work or are busy during the day.”

“We know that being part of a creative community can support people’s mental wellbeing and so its great to be able to undertake this trial and see what level of demand there is. But places are limited so we encourage people to register their interest.”

More information is available at www.artsenta.org – or by phoning 03 477-9566.Displaying image001.jpg

Vacancy: Family/Whanau Workers @ Anglican Family Care

Anglican Family Care is currently seeking two dynamic, enthusiastic Family/Whanau workers to join our Family Start team in Dunedin. We are looking for people who have experience in working with children and families and who will share our passion for ensuring children are safe and families are supported.

The positions are both 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday

Find out more on Seek

About Anglican Family Care:

We have been providing social services in Otago for over forty years, working with children and their families. We have the responsibility for delivering:

  • Social services and counselling support to children and families
  • Family Start programme
  • Restorative Justice
  • A strong brand and community relationships

About the position:

Family Start is a home visiting programme that focuses on improving children’s growth and health, learning and relationships, family circumstances, environment and safety.  Family Start begins to support babies and their parents/caregivers early – before the baby’s birth or in their first year.

Anglican Family Care supports families/whanau to access a comprehensive range of welfare, health, education and other necessary services appropriate to their needs.

The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • A tertiary qualification in one of Social Work, Early Childhood Education or Nursing
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • An understanding of Care and Protection principles and the CYP&F Act 1989
  • Good knowledge of community resources and an ability to develop networks, particularly in the Maori and Pacific Island communities
  • Experience working with families who need support with complex and often stressful situations
  • Sound computer and data base skills
  • Current driver licence

If you want an opportunity to work in an organisation that really makes a difference in the quality of lives of children and their families in Otago, then this role is for you.

You will be required to pass a police check.

Find out more and apply on Seek

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and a CV via seek by 5pm Friday, 27 January. 

Vacancy: Social Worker Manager @ Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

Whaiora Mō Tātou

Well-being For All

Social Worker Manager

Do you want to make a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of whānau in the community? Are you motivated by supporting others to achieve better Health outcomes?

Would you like to be part of a dynamic and diverse Whānau Ora team of kaimahi providing quality services within a Kaupapa Māori Organisation? Then we would like to hear from you.

Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora is requesting applications for the position of Social Work Manager. Please note that this position is fixed term, part-time. As the Social Work Manager you will need to be registered and have a well-grounded Social Work practice background with the appropriate post graduate qualifications.

A strong commitment to professional development and whanau/family quality care is desirable.

Experience in working within Māori environments e.g. NGO’s, Māori Providers and communities, tikaka and Te Reo an advantage. The ability to work effectively in a wide range of cultural settings is preferable.

What we can provide is a whānau friendly working environment, opportunities to extend through professional development, and lots of interesting experiences.

Please contact Rebecca for a Job Description and application details.

Applications close 4pm on Friday 27th January 2017


Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

25 College Street


P.O. Box 5626


Phone (03) 471 9960; Fax (03) 471 9962

Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora’s aim is Whānau Ora – supporting Whānau to develop their own strengths and resilience.

Manager/Coordinator @ Dunedin Curtain Bank

Dunedin Curtain Bank are on the hunt for a superstar Manager/Coordinator for our rapidly developing charity.

The Dunedin Curtain Bank is a not for profit charity who collect curtains, relines them and distributes to those in need.

The successful applicant will be confident in immersing themselves in the community and developing the service further. The role includes marketing, liaising with referrers and the public and sourcing funding and fundraising opportunities. Alongside this is the general day to day running of the service and coordination of staff and volunteers.

This role is for 30 hours a week with an opportunity for flexibility across the week. You will be supported by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and other community services committed to warming up our local community.

How to Apply

For more information and a copy of the job description contact Board Chair Micaela Kena on chair@dunedincurtainbank.org.nz

Applications close 10th January 2017

MSD have released a new Outcomes Tool

The eagerly awaited follow up to the 2013 blockbuster Organisational Capability Tool has been released. The Outcomes Capability Planning and Assessment Tool is here. The original tool took an organisation wide look at capability across 10 areas. The new tool focuses on outcomes.

Like the original it is based around three steps – assessment, planning and then implementation. The tool guides you through the first two so you are ready for the third. The focus is on answering why, what, how and who for your organisation.

There are two documents – the Tool itself and Guidance Material which explains the thinking behind the tool and suggests how to use it.

Whilst named a tool this is in actual fact a flat PDF – there is no interactivity but the guidance has a handy table to record the rankings you decide on.

You decide the ranking by comparing where you are as an organisation with statements in four boxes – Aspirational, Emerging, Good & Transformative.

There is a checklist but rather than being worded as a checklist it’s actually a series of questions requiring complex answers. An example from the checklist is:

Clarity of organisational purpose

  • What does your organisation exist to do in your community? What business is your organisation in?
    • What are your mission / goals?
    • What and who is your community?
    • Who are your clients?
    • What are the reasons why people might use your services?
    • What sort of changes might people expect to make coming here?

Useful stuff but it seems like this is a sizeable chunk of work to undertake for an organisation and there will need to be guidance on what to do if you aren’t up to scratch in an area. As an MSD tool there is a focus on recognising alignment on MSD/Community Investment Strategy Outcomes but this should tranfer to any other funder/stakeholder required emphasis.

If you’d like a facilitator to guide you through the questions and issues the tool raises Connect South staff Bronwyn Boon and Rob Tigeir are available.

You can read more about the tool and download it and the guidance at www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/community-investment-strategy/outcomes-capability-planning-and-assessment-tool.html or access the PDFs below.

Outcomes Capability Guidance
Outcomes Capability Guidance Planning and Assessment Tool


Connections November 2016

If you aren’t a Connect South member or signed up to our Events & News email list you might not have seen our new, new look, newsletter. Luckily you can access it online, just click the image below:


To make sure you receive Connections in your inbox just sign up on the right hand side.

If you have something that should be included then email web@connectsouth.org.nz

Job Vacancy: Kaimahi/Social Worker @ Gore Women’s Refuge, Te Whare Piringa O Marua Wai

gwrGore Women’s Refuge is seeking a passionate and skilled kaimahi/social worker to join our team working with families and whanau who experience family violence.

This is a varied position as our services include crisis intervention, emergency accommodation, outreach services to Eastern and Northern Southland and West and South Otago, women’s and children education programmes and working with families who are transitioning to living free from violence.

The ideal candidate would need to have:

  • A relevant social service degree or be working towards one
  • An understanding of the dynamics of family violence
  • An understanding of and commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Clear professional boundaries
  • Non-judgmental manner
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement
  • The ability to work independently and part of a team
  • Full clean driver’s licence

Position hours are flexible depending on the successful applicant. Appointment is subject to Police vetting.

For further information, for a copy of the job description or to apply please contact:

The Manager – Hannah Bain

Ph: 03 208 8384

Email: hannah@gorerefuge.org.nz

Postal Address: P.O. Box 357, Gore.

 Applications close 9 December 2016.

We’re taking bookings for the Community Christmas Dinner 2016

Community in action…

Connect South is delighted to once again be taking the bookings for the annual community Christmas Dinner, it’s a real community affair.

  • Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust, a registered charity, organises the event.
  • Funding is primarily provided by community funding organisations or businesses.
  • The event is volunteer staffed by members of the wider Dunedin Community.
  • Volunteers help with serving, platting, kitchen duties, greeting or hosting one of the 52 tables.
  • Dunedin City Council and Dunedin Venues Management provide the venue.
  • Compass Catering provide a professional chef and the use of commercial kitchens.
  • Connect South take registrations for volunteers and guests.
  • Entertainment and carol singing will be provided by a number of different groups who volunteer alongside over 100 others to make this a special day.
  • Transport – A special Christmas Day bus service organised by Otago Heritage Bus Society runs a return journey to the Octagon from Normanby, St Kilda and St Clair. Phone Connect South for further information.

Date: Sunday, 25th December 2016
Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Venue: Dunedin Town Hall – Free entry and meal.

To register as a guest or volunteer please phone use our booking form or call us on 03 471 6150.


Scam warning: Family Services Directory

MSD logo, tweo letters: N & Z filled with positive words

MSD’s excellent Family Services Directory seems to have inspired some scam attempts.
MSD’s guidance is below. If you’d like to have a chat about online security feel free to contact us here at Connect South.

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