Dunedin community xmas dinner

The Dunedin Council of Social Services is proud to have helped bring together such a heart warming event.

Interior of dunedin town hall amphitheatre, 30+ circular tables arranged on the floor, people milling around to take their places
Some of the 53 tales starting to fill up


This from Grant Hardy and the team at Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust:

“We are delighted  to advise that the Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust inaugural Christmas Dinner held at the Dunedin Town Hall was a great success.  We are extremely grateful to the organisations, businesses and individuals in our Community who partnered with us by either donating product, finances or time.    Without these donations we would have been unable to run the event to the high calibre that it was.  Thank you

  • ​Donations of product and finances provided met all costs
  • Over 100 awesome volunteers helped make the event the success it was
  • Feedback forms were available at the event and we received very positive support. We were particularly moved by some of the responses regarding the needs that were met
  • The Town Hall was an absolutely fantastic venue and we are grateful to the Dunedin City Council and Dunedin Venue’s for making it available at no cost
  • The atmosphere was happy, enjoyable and festive
  • Plenty of fantastic food  for all guests and volunteers attending
  • We received an abundance of donated new children’s toys which were given away to the delight of the children attending
  • Apart from spot prizes, all guests & volunteers received a small gift to take home
Looking down on wooden floor full of 20+ circular tables , people around each table an d servers delivering meals
Xmas dinner is served

We will soon be starting to plan the 2015 Christmas Dinner, if you have any suggestions we would welcome them.

Thank you so much for contributing and we wish you a successful 2015.”

Community Networks Aotearoa – Biennial Conference

In the two days leading up to Labour Weekend, 124 delegates gathered in Christchurch for our biennial conference. Held this year in conjunction with the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) the conference took “Social Justice in Communities” as its theme.

Those who attended enjoyed a range of presentations from 17 excellent speakers who looked at issues from Placemaking and Transitional Engineering through to housing and social justice advocacy. The daily programmes were held together by our entertaining MC Adrian Te Patu, and his drum, and the overall response to the conference was excellent.

For those unable to attend (and those wishing to remind themselves of what they heard and learnt), many of the conference presentations are now available at www.social justice.org.nz with more being added as they come to hand. The website also includes a brief video from VisionWest Community Housing whose CEO Lisa Woolley was one of our speakers.

The day before the conference began, we held our AGM at which we officially adopted and toasted our new name. Our thanks to all our members who joined us in Christchurch and helped make this conference an occasion to remember.

Community Networks Aotearoa

Tel: 04 472 3364

Email info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

2014 Matariki Auahi Kore – Smokefree Fund

MatarikiSouthern District Health Board have four $500 grants available for community groups planning an event to celebrate Puaka Matariki.

The event will need to be smoke free and advertised as such. You can increase your chances of getting the grant by offering to share information on stopping smoking at the event.

The closing date for applications in 7 April 2014.

You can download the application form as a PDF: Matariki smoke free application.