The Strengthening Families Coordinator
works for families,coordinating support networks for families, ensuring that the
dreams,aspirations and life outcomes are
supported by the agencies and services supporting them. The Coordinator can also
help the family identify issues they would like support with and suggest referrals to further agencies
Strengthening Families brings together
the family and all agencies supporting them to help the family/whanau achieve
their desired outcomes.
By having everyone in the room at the
same time the family is assured that those supporting them can listen to them and
that these people will begin to understand
their role in helping them achieve their goals.
Any agency can refer a family to
Strengthening Families and families or whanau can also self refer. The
Coordinator will make contact with the family as soon as practical, discussing any life challenges
that they are facing and determining who is supporting them. The aim is to have
Agency/Service collaboration so that the
family can achieve better education, housing, health and social
"The Gore and Eastern Southland
Community looks out for each and every person living in the community. There is a
great feeling of collaboration amongst the
services working for and with Families in the area".
inspired by the passion and togetherness working towards positive outcomes for
families and children in the community.
Eleanor (Ele) is based in the Mataura
Community Development Office, 8 McQueen Ave. She has been part of the
team since April 2017 and continues on in a role that has been set up since
2011. Eleanor’s role currently consists of three parts:
vThe promotion of Mataura and helping to organise and promote
functions & events based in Mataura
vTo work with the social agencies who are working in Mataura and to
help them with the provision of those services to the Mataura Community
vTo help the residents of Mataura access social services that are
relevant to the life situations they are dealing with at this moment in time
Mataura is a lively and vibrant community with
lots to offer, not only the Mataura residents but in many respects is leading
the way in Eastern Southland.
- Community Connections Centre and Heartlands Services
Kia ora! Kelly is
responsible for the daily operation of the Centre, liaising with the tenants both
permanent and casual, and being the first point of contact to assist the public with any queries. As a Heartland
Services coordinator Kelly assists clients to access services offered by
Kelly coordinates the annual
Children's Day event for Gore. This is a huge undertaking, which is made
feasible, and so successful, due to the incredible generosity and support from
local agencies, organisations and groups, and our amazing
of Eastern Southland are a constant inspiration; their generosity, attitudes
towards each other, and ability to rally makes Kelly proud to be from the South.
responsible for all financial aspects, reporting and payroll for the Community
Networking Trust, and the Community Connections Centre.
enjoys the friendly nature of Southland people and feeling safe within her
community, as well as how willing people are to lend a helping hand
district, and community, she finds the range of things on offer, and how well
they are executed, inspiring. Events such as the Hokonui Fashion Awards shows Gore can ably compete with
the rest of the country.