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September 2013 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Coordinators Forum

When: 10-12noon
Tuesday 24th September 2013
Where: Double Room
Community House
77 King Street, Palmerston North

FREE - Open to members & non members

If you have every wondered exactly how things actually work in our office, through our database and for you and our volunteers then here is your chance!

We welcome you to join us for a closer look at our referral process and a walk-through of the database including a step by step look at how you can use the database from your place to load and amend your roles.

We encourage you to come along to look behind the scenes, as well as to meet some of your fellow volunteer coordinators.

We also encourage you to provide feedback on the process we will be showing you, as nothing is FIXED in concrete, and we are always looking for ways to improve the process, your experience and the effectiveness of the potential matches we are sending you.

We will also be asking you for your input into how we can more effectively collect information from you on the outcomes of the potential matches so that we can better assess the service we are providing.

We have booked 2 hours for this session, and expect that there will be plenty of time for discussions, and of course the all-important networking and social aspect of these forums!

Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP by Friday 20th September 2013.

Housing Advice Centre is looking for a suitable person to work 20 hours per week on a flexible basis to cover the office and help clients with advocacy.  The person we are looking for needs to
have the flexibility to cover hours anytime between10 – 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and other hours by negotiation, starting early October.  The person will need to have empathy for visitors to the centre and a
calm demeanour, along with office skills, knowledge of the benefit system, tenancy issues and tenancy tribunal processes. 
If you are interested please contact:
The Manager,
Hancock Community House
77 King Street, Palmerston North
Email or Ph (06) 358-4875
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Here is another sneak peak at where we are at!
Registered Organisations = 51
New this month = 0
Active Volunteers = 393
Active Roles = 91
New this month = 1
Out matches are only successful if both sides fit well together – therefore we really appreciate any feedback you can provide to us around those who we send your way! We will be instigating a new process around feedback shortly to help us establish how we can improve what we are doing for you!
Ariunaa is working diligently on our Outreach programs in Awapuni and Roslyn! Ari is continuing to make appointments with not for profits in these areas. If you wish to be involved and have not as yet heard from us please feel free to contact Ari and we will arrange a time to see you in the near future!
The aim of these programs is to establish satellite offices opening part time in these areas, manned by volunteers who live locally, and to encourage volunteers from these areas to volunteer locally! Great for breaking down neighbourhood barriers!
Free Workshop series - brought to you by:

All to be held at Community House
77 King Street Palmerston North
Click on the links to register or send an email

Monday 9th September 2013 10am - 11.30am - Introduction to the New Criminal Process

NZ Council of Social Services, Community Research, Volunteering NZ and Social Development
Partners invite you to join us and other local community organisations to discuss the current
environment, and the considerable impact it is having on community organisations.

We will discuss our national perspectives on key issues for the community sector, and how to best
link with your local experiences on issues such as:
•     Government priorities and social policy targets are impacting on our services and funding.
•     Increased focus on regulation and structure is creating greater compliance demands,  and need
for professional expertise.
•     Challenges of evidence-based and outcome-related approaches on planning and reporting systems.
•     Increased focus on local community resilience and sustainability is changing the environment in which we are operating.

We can also point you to a number of useful resources and tools that are available to inform and   
assist you in your work.

This meeting will  discuss :
• How we are experiencing these, and
• What more can we be doing collectively to respond?

The Palmerston North Community Services Council is hosting us on Wednesday 18 September in the Double Room, Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street, Palmerston North, at 2:30PM. 
The session will finish by 4:00PM, followed by afternoon tea.         

RSVP to by Friday 13 September.

Please pass this invitation on to other organisations that may be interested!

New Members!
More inquiries have been received this past month from a great range of potential new members!
We welcome to:
Alzheimer Society (Manawatu)

to our membership ranks!

Media Opportunities abound!!!

Palmerston North Community Services Council and us the, Volunteer Resource Centre have come together to create an exciting media opportunity for all our members in association with The Guardian newspaper!

We have a number of student writers, photographers and even editors to put together these fabulous articles! We have given our writers the opportunity to select who they would like to interview, and will begin our schedule based on this. However, if you have an event or activity which we can help promote through these article please get in contact and we will do our best to add you to the schedule at an appropriate time.

Our agreement is to publish on a fortnightly basis, and we have the opportunity to publish logos and photos along with the articles where possible.
We at Volunteer Resource Centre also have our weekly radio show on Access Manawatu and we welcome you to join us on the show! Please make contact if you would like to be involved in either the Radio show or The Guardian articles.

We have slots for Radio regularly available, and Newspaper slots available from June!

Upcoming Shows & Articles
In no particular order!
The Guardian - Pit Park 5yr celebration
The Guardian - Samaritans Manawatu
The Guardian - Reach Roslyn Developments
Access Radio - IPC Interns


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