Latest issue of Kia Mauri Ora out now

Cover imageJune 2021 - All SSPA member organisations receive a copy, and if you'd like to order additional copies for your team, visit the SSPA website.  Within this issue you'll find an update from Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment about work underway to progress how social services are commissioned by Government.  There are stories about He Waka Tapu's Tinana Free Community Gym - a holistic approach to wellbeing and My Whare Youth Housing - VisionWest's new programme.  This issue highlights new research into child and parent relationships, and Aotearoa's upcoming reporting to the United Nations on children's rights.

Budget ’21 a step in the right direction but NGO social services face ongoing funding gap

May 2021 - Dr Claire Achmad, SSPA Chief Executive, says that with poverty cutting deep for so many families and whānau, SSPA was hoping to see a Brave and Bold Budget 2021, to deliver on the interrelated issues of family poverty and the underfunding of NGO social services in New Zealand. “SSPA has been calling for Government to make brave and bold choices with this year’s Budget, during an unprecedented time in the world and Aotearoa. A time when we have the chance to make a crucial difference for the children, families and whānau who need the most, and for our NGO social services that are dedicated to providing the help that’s needed”, Dr Achmad says.  Read the media release here. 

A brave and bold Budget 2021 is needed

With Budget day on May 20, Dr Claire Achmad shares her vision for children, whānau and the community organisations who support them in this opinion piece appearing on RNZ.  Read it here.

Registrations now open for Leaders Summit

Summit mailchimp banner smallerRegistrations are open for Te Ao Mārama Te Ao Rangatira, The Social Sector Leaders’ Summit.  SSPA is excited to have the opportunity to bring together leaders for an inspiring day on 24 May at Te Papa.  Please secure your spot ASAP! Click here to register, it promises to be an important moment for social sector leaders.

Save the date for the SSPA summit for social sector leaders

Te Ao Mārama Te Ao Rangatira
Te Papa Wellington - 24 May 2021
The summit for social sector leaders is a new initiative tailored for senior management and those leading social service organisations throughout Aotearoa. SSPA want to ensure sector leaders are well informed about policy directions affecting their organisations and the people they work with, as well as hearing from a wide range of other experts, sharing ideas and supporting wellbeing. Attendees will leave the summit informed and inspired and ready to take ideas for action back to their organisations and communities. Registrations opening soon.