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.

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Consultations Unpacked: Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board (MAB) Process an exploration of how the Work and Income medical criteria decision review process is working

Council of Social Services Dunedin (COSSD), Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) & Community Law Canterbury Community Forum (CLC) are hosting a  Community Forum on Friday 6 June 2014 12 – 1.30pm at Dunedin Community House.

The subject is Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board (MAB) Process an exploration of how the Work and Income medical criteria decision review process is working.

Everyone is welcome – we want to hear your experiences so that we can look at ways of supporting beneficiaries who are taking medical appeals.

You can find out some information on the current situation by reading our Experiences with the Medical Appeal Board Process Background Paper as a PDF or Web page. Or add to your calendar.

Cosy Homes: Free ceiling and under floor insulation

Free ceiling and under floor insulation is available for Community Services Card holders in homes with no or not enough insulation. Crucially this includes rented homes. To qualify for the scheme:

  • the home was built before the year 2000 and
  • have not enough or no insulation and
  • the home owner or main tenant has a Community Services Card and
  • there are children under 17 or adults over 65 living in the home or someone with high health needs or;
  • the landlord has eligible tenants living there (not Housing New Zealand)

Funding comes from EECA energy wise. To sign up simply call one of the installation partners:

Right House Ltd: 0800 744 569

Smart Energy Solutions: 0800 888 766

Cosy Homes

 

Consultations Unpacked: Caring for the Carers an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

Council of Social Services Dunedin (COSSD) & Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) are hosting a  Community Forum on Friday 2 May 2014 12 – 1.30pm at Dunedin Community House.

The subject is Caring for the Carers: an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives.

Everyone is welcome – we want to hear your experiences and relay them to the Government.

You can find out some information on the current situation by reading our Caring for the Carers Background Paper as a PDF or Web page. Or add to your calendar.

 



Caring for the Carers: an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

Consultations Unpacked Background Paper

Caring for the Carers

an exploration of how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives

a Dunedin Council of Social Services (DCOSS) &
Dunedin Community Law Centre (DCLC) Community Forum

Friday 2 May 2014 12 – 1.30pm
Dunedin Community House

In October 2013 the government released a Budget package that would enable some family carers to receive payment for looking after family members. The package was formulated in response to a Court of Appeal decision that a policy of not paying family carers to provide support services to family members living with disabilities constituted discrimination, on the basis of family status. The 2013 Budget provides $23 million a year to pay carers who look after a disabled family members aged 18 years or older who are assessed as having high, or very high needs. Funding enables payment at the minimum wage.

Eligible people can employ a family carer to provide personal care and household management, or continue to use a commercial provider.

The decision was hailed as a step in the right direction, but was not without criticism:

  • Concern has been expressed at the high & very high needs eligibility criteria.
  • There is disappointment that spouses and partners of disabled people are excluded from the scheme.

  • The new legislation (NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2013) states that people can no longer bring unlawful discrimination complaints about the new law or family care policy to the Human Rights Commission.
  • Some family members leave good paying jobs and take a cut in pay to care for a family member at the minimum wage rate.

Other concerns which have been informally raised include issues around professional development opportunities, support for family carers and the vulnerability of carers in terms of employment rights.

The forum is interested in hearing local stories about how the new family carers policy is affecting families caring for disabled relatives.

What is working? What is not working?

Sources and links for further information

Ministry of Social Development: The New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2014 to 2018

www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/policy-development/carers-strategy/

New Zealand Herald: Editorial

www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10884930

NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2013

www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2013/0022/latest/whole.html

Download this page as a PDF.

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Office Chairs – free to community organisations

Earthlight Communications has approx. 20 office chairs available free of charge to NFP community organisations. The chairs have come through Earthlight’s E-Waste programme. They have been donated by MTF (Motor Trade Finance), who are refurbishing. As per attached picture chairs are in very good used condition.

Alternatively, individuals/businesses can purchase the chairs for $25 each and Earthlight will donate proceeds from the chair sales to a local charity. For more information please contact Belinda at Earthlight on 479 0303 or office@earthlight.co.nz

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Free Introduction to Spreadsheets for Treasurers

Do you want to learn how to use spreadsheets but have been too nervous to take your first steps?

If so, help is a t hand. Dunedin Community Accounting is offering a free 2 hour workshop for absolute beginners. You’ll be taken through creating a cashbook. From opening up the programme to adding in formulas to do the adding up for you.

The 2 hour hands on workshop is in Room D202 of Block D of Otago Polytechnic, Harbour Terrace, Dunedin at 7pm on Tuesday 8 October.

The workshop will use Microsoft Excel but what you learn will set you in good stead with free alternatives like LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org or Google Drive and paid alternatives like Apple’s Numbers.

To book a place just call Rob on 03 471 6177 or email him at rob@dca.org.nz.

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