Thrive Wanganui: skills for social enterprise (and a more inclusive economy)

Covid-19 has recently given new charitable trust, Thrive Whanganui, access to another pool of funding so they can increase their work – building social enterprise capability in the wider Whanganui region. The government’s Regional Business Partner Network (managed by MBIE) has a Covid-19 response fund, which includes support for social enterprises.

Future Living Skills: increasingly popular in a fast-changing world

A classroom-based or online programme of eight learning guides on Future Living Skills is becoming more popular and will soon include a new module, the local economy.

The community-driven programme began over 15 years ago – when it was called Sustainable Households. It was started by Annie McDonald, an education officer at the Marlborough District Council, who began it working in collaboration with several other councils until the project was transferred to a new charitable trust.

Shama: supporting connected, confident and protected ethnic women

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust, which was established in 2002, is a community hub for ethic families in and around Hamilton. It provides social services and an education programme for those living in the region, as well as a national resource for women who have experienced sexual violence and an education programme for mainstream providers. In the coming months Shama plans to roll out a second programme to some regions, this time on crosscultural parenting.

NZ ‘P’ Pull: a peer-led national movement supported by Wesley Community Action

The NZ ’P’ Pull movement began four years ago when a 24-year-old mother walked into Wesley Community Action in Waitangirua, Porirua, experiencing a methinduced psychotic episode. She needed help. None was available. So manager, Lizzie McMillan-Makalio, realised there needed to be accessible help. This was the catalyst for the first NZ ‘P’ Pull sessions.