Community Waikato was established to provide practical support to social services organisations. Our work is the provision of capability and capacity strengthening services.
Community Waikato works with and for tangata whenua, community and voluntary social service, health, education, disability, community development, culture & heritage, and environmental organisations in the Waikato region. These organisations provide care, support, education, and advocacy services for people in our communities.
We work alongside groups and organisations understanding that they are the experts in what they do. We bring the resources and processes and the groups we work with hold the experience, knowledge and wisdom. Together we build on their strengths and develop their capacity.
Our Advisory team provides one-to-one advice, support and information on governance, management, strategic and operational planning, employment, resource development, legal structures, policy development, financial systems and funding, planning new services, projects and events and the myriad of other issues that come up for community groups. We tailor support and training to fit the needs of the organisations. We work with management and staff, volunteers and/or the board.
Community Waikato offers training and professional development based on the needs that the people in the sector have
identified. Awesome Organisations is the title given to all Community Waikato workshops and training. This takes the form of
workshops delivered by Community Waikato Staff, clubs and series, (i.e. Early Tuesday clubs) roadshows and workshops delivered by external facilitators. The title “Awesome Organisations’ reflects the intent to support and develop Waikato social service organisations through the provision of quality training opportunities.
We provide tertiary scholarships for people volunteering or in paid work in the sector and we are fund managers for the Tindall Foundation and the Len Reynolds Trust. We are an advocate for the sector, we make submissions, we provide information and we run forums on issues that are important to the sector.
Peer support is important in our sector because people often work alone, the work is demanding, has many different layers
and a multitude of challenges. We support peer networks and these networks help build strong relationships and assist in
collaboration between groups. Out of that grows the opportunity for creating change, development and greater impact through organisations working together towards shared outcomes.
We connect people, broker relationships and encourage our sector to collaborate. This has resulted in a number of initiatives
where we are working with our sector locally, regionally, and nationally on projects designed to benefit communities and sector organisations as we work together towards thriving, connected and inclusive communities.