Individual Client Level Data presentation and update

On Friday the 26 May Connect South hosted a forum with the aim of updating Otago providers on matters relating to ICLD.
Veronica Bennett, a member of ComVoices ICLD Working Group provided an update on where things were with MSD’s ICLD collection.

Here’s the presentation from the day.

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Things have continued to unfold since, here’s an update on development:

In the presentation Veronica noted the announcement re the handing of the work over to Social Investment Agency (SIA) to form a working group

Brenda Pilott for ComVoices met soon after the announcement and her understanding is that ComVoices would be part of developing the ToR. There has been no word from SIA about the formation of the working group. The Privacy Commissioner hadn’t been asked for input last week.

ComVoices will continue to advocate for this process being managed as promised.

The Social Investment Unit transmogrified into Social Investment Agency so it is possible this has delayed progress.

The Privacy Commissioner’s Inquiry Into The Ministry Of Social Development’s Collection Of Individual Client-level Data From Ngos is available online.

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.


Community Wellbeing Seminar- Navigating our Changing Landscape

Social Service and Health Not for Profit Organisations will be expected to respond to a number of changes including those brought about by the Government’s review of social services funding; the Community Investment Strategy, the implementation of Charities Services new reporting requirements, the tendering of contracts, changes to services for vulnerable children, any Government response to last year’s more effective Social Service report and an increased focus on outcomes and social investment.

To assist you in managing the changes going forward, we have arranged an afternoon of information sharing. Ministries will update you on where these changes are currently at, will offer advice on what actions organisations need to be undertaking now and into the future.

The Seminar will take place on the 7th of June 2016, at 1:00pm-4:30pm.

Venue is the Port Otago Lounge, Edgar Centre, Portsmouth Drive.

There is no cost, RSVP by 4th June to or call 03 479 0994




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Artsenta open day – 13 April – new artists welcome

Artsenta is holding an Open Day next week for anyone interested in attending Artsenta or finding out more about what they do.

This is a great opportunity for people and organisations in the mental health community to bring potential new artists to Artsenta.

No artistic experience or special skills are required and there are lots of activities to explore.

Artsenta is open to anyone 17 years or over who is using mental health services and is interested in being creative.


Wednesday 13 April, 2016


If you have any questions about our Open Day please call and talk to a staff member on 03 477-9566, otherwise we hope to see you next week.

Remember Artsenta are in their new premises at 462 Princes Street, Dunedin.


Meet the GM of Hui E! on Monday with COSSD

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is a new national entity that aims to connect, support and promote the whole community sector.

General Manager Peter Glensor of Hui E! is visiting us at Dunedin Community House at Noon on Monday to discuss:

  • What’s happening in Dunedin that we need to know about nationally
  • Who Hui E! is and the issues we’re working on
    • Contracting and funding
    • Productivity Commission responses
    • Charity Services dialogue
    • National umbrellas meeting
    • A sector voice
  • How you can be involved

Come along and join the conversation!

Consultations Unpacked: More Effective Social Services

DCOSS and Commuity Law Otago invite you to our next Consultations Unpacked event around the Productivity Commission’s More Effective Social Services draft report.

12:15 – 13:45 Friday 5 June 2015 at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place

The Productivity Commission has been tasked with looking at current arrangements in Government funded social services, housing, crime reduction and more. They’ve issued a draft report for comment and this is your opportunity to join DCOSS, Otago Law Centre  and Law for Change to discuss what’s been raised and what we have to say about it.
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Following the meeting we’ll write up a submission based on what was discussed and organisations and individuals will be able to add their names to this if they wish. This is a big issue and we hope that this will be an effective way to have a say.
Different groups will see the issues differently and we hope to accurately represent smaller Otago organisations’ views.
Also available on the Commisison’s website are case studies on Employment services, Whänau Ora, Services for people with disabilities, Home-based support of older  a report on The economics of social services and Handing back the social commons, a report by James Mansell, an intereting read on information sharing to deliver better outcomes.
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CRM Forum for the Children’s Action Plan

ResizedImage200150-cap-whanau2On Thursday the 24th of July, the Children’s Action Plan alongside, Council of Social Services Dunedin, the Ministry of Social Development and Presbyterian Support Otago, are holding a forum to update the wider community on the Children’s Action Plan.

The Children’s Action Plan works alongside the White Paper, providing a framework to show New Zealand what is being done to protect our children and when. Especially our vulnerable children who are at risk. The plan continues to change, evolving  in response to the needs described by the people of New Zealand.

Murray Williams, the Children’s Action Plan Implementation Team Leader, will share the progress of the action plan as well as it’s Children’s Teams especially in regards to strengthening families.

This will be held at Presbyterian Support Otago, Moray Place from 2pm till 3:30pm.
You can add this to your calendar by clicking here.

Dunedin workshop for Inspiring Communities: book now

Logo LargeCouncil of Social Services Dunedin and Dunedin Community Builders are extremely pleased to be able to host Inspiring Communities delivering their workshop Communities Leading Change.

It is running from 9am-3pm on Friday 21 February 2014 at Guthrie Pavilion, Bayfield High School, Musselburgh, Dunedin.

  • $50 Community leaders/NGOs
  • $100 Local/Central Govt
  • Unwaged Koha (inc. lunch)

Registration is essential, places are limited. Email to book your slot.

This one day workshop will:

  • build understanding of CLD – what works and why
  • share tools and tips you can use in your work
  • share inspiration from other Kiwi communities
  • Build connections across Dunedin’s communities

Tips and tools :

  • growing community leadership & ownership
  • starting & sustaining local change efforts
  • neighbourhood-led development
  • collaborative governance
  • reflective practice

Download the pdf flier for more details or check out the event page to add this to your calendar and more.