COVID-19: Information for the Social Service Sector
Social services are playing a vital role in keeping families and communities safe during the pandemic. Providing essential services and supporting families during the lockdown.
March 2020 - read the latest news from SSPA detailing an upcoming open space meeting for SSPA members via zoom. You'll also find details about workshop and event cancellations. However there's the chance to share your ideas and brainstorm how to provide services if face to face contact becomes impossible via a zoom brainstorm session. Read more here
March 2020 - Good piece on One News about the continuing problem for NGOs arising from inadequate funding to pay competitive wages. We're looking for a boost to funding in the 2020 Budget as a step towards sorting this out. Minister Carmel Sepuloni is quoted in the piece referring to work being done on the best way to fund social services. Really pleased she has commissioned this much-needed work and pleased to be involved with it - but it is explicitly NOT looking at the level of funding needed. Hence my focus on the Government addressing that in the Budget. Big thanks to Judy Matai'a at ATWC and to Andy Pilbrow at Birthright Hawkes Bay and their collegues who also featured. The real life stories make a difference.