Sadly, a quick trip to New Zealand is out of the question at the moment so instead CSIA is  taking you there.

The Community Services across the Tasman is a series of webinars with speakers from organisations across New Zealand and Australia. Bringing you insights, learnings and case studies you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access these webinars will inspire and challenge you.

CSIA CEO Belinda Drew said the event was thanks to a partnership with Social Service Providers Aotearoa based in Wellington, New Zealand.

“Together we want to share learnings, strong cultural and community-led development practices and critical thinking from organisations across the two countries,” she said.

“The purpose of this series is to connect community services, expand our thought-leadership network and, inform a shared set of Industry policies and issues.”

” COVID-19 has shown us is that is very easy to reach out far and wide into information and networks, and that collaboration is still very much possible,” she said.

Limited seats available for New Zealand and Australia – reserve your spot now!

What will it cover?

The webinar series has three exciting sessions covering the latest innovations, projects, research and initiatives delivered by organisations:

  • Service Adaptation on Thursday 27 August
  • Employment and Inclusive Growth on Tuesday 1 September
  • Social Investment and Commissioning on Thursday 10 September

Family-Led Services Creating Lasting Change

One of the speakers at the Service Adaptation session is Lifewise Practice and Development Manager Zoe Truell (New Zealand/Aotearoa). She is going to share their innovative approach to working with families in child protection.

When their organisation saw families/whānau who were struggling with multiple stressors having their kids removed into foster care, they knew there was another way to support families.

Through their Mana Whānau program, they provide intensive in-home support for families who are on the edge of having their children taken into care or are struggling to have their children returned from care. Shifting the resources from foster care into support for the family enables families to reduce or remove the stresses, build skills and confidence and increase natural supports with in the six months.

Ms Truell said their intensive in home support program was structured to empower families through a strong commitment to whānau-led practice.

“We were seeing children moved into care who from families experiencing stress such as poverty and unemployment. They often had no adequate means to support them,” she said.

“Through this intensive support program, after six months families didn’t need any interventions. We are seeing that child protection orders are discharged and children are successfully maintained or reintegrated into their homes, families, schools and communities.”

Would you like to find out more about how they did it? Join us at the Service Adaptation session where she will share more about their work along with Wesley Community Action and Inspiring Communities Director David Hanna and The Good Things CEO Jessica Wilson.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – tickets are free!!

Community Services across the Tasman promises to bring fresh insight, approaches and the beginnings of a new international relations centered around Industry-led reform.