News

Great part-time roles that support the NGO social services sector

July 2020 - SSPA has the following new roles available for you to join our small active team here in Wellington.  Use your skills to support our organisations's work with social services throughout Aotearoa NZ.

Communications Advisor
Office Co-ordinator
Learning & Development Advisor

Visit our vacancies webpage or go to seek to view further details and to apply.


 

Budget helps families but fails to meet funding shortfall

May 2020 - The community social services sector is welcoming the large Budget investment in jobs, training, emergency relief and public housing. This will assist families and community recovery for years to come. However, the Budget announcements fall short of the funding boost the community social services sector has called for.  Read the media release from SSPA.


Call for front line social services to be fairly funded through Budget 2020 intensifies

May 2020 - Read the letter from SSPA, NZCCSS and Philanthropy NZ to the Prime Minister and Ministers about funding for NGOs, Māori and Iwi organisations and involvement in the Budget 2020 process. We propose fast tracking advice to address the immediate funding gap faced by social service providers to support the sector respond effectively to growing demand and help to recover and revitalise New Zealand society and economy.

For the media statement, click here


Moving Practice Online

Knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid-19 context

The covid-19 lockdown is challenging us to think about new ways to work with children and families.  On 2 April 2020 SSPA facilitated a knowledge exchange of how social services were adapting to this changed context.  Social workers and social service practitioners from a range of NGO and iwi social services attended the session faciliated by Associate Professor Emily Keddell.  The facilitated discussion was structured around four areas of practice adaptation.  This document provides an overview of all responses.  There is a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of adaptation, then the ideas from practitioners.  Read it here


How families and communities are faring under lockdown: a snapshot

Information and insights provided by member organisations of SSPA, April 2020

Families and communities are facing significant challenges in daily life as a result of New Zealand being placed at Alert Level 4, with all except some essential workers being required to remain at home. Social service providers are working in new ways to support families thorough this time. This Snapshot highlights what some SSPA members have told us they are seeing amongst the families they are working to support and how they are responding.

read it here