Following last year’s successful series of community workshops Single Women as Parents (SWAP) and Right Service Right Time (RSRT) approached Ebborn Law and Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) and asked for an update for the sector.
The result of that initial meeting, held back in October 2014, was a series of three intensive workshops attended by over 150 people. Attendees came from the social services, community sector, government, refuges, Police and legal profession.
We must acknowledge the hard work put into this event by Maggy Tai Rakena and the team from SSPA, START for their support, Vanessa Taylor from Single Women as Parents (SWAP), and Susan Smith from Right Service Right Time.
Credit also must go to Damian Holt from Mental Health Peer Support, Bianca Tumai from Battered Women’s Trust, Sue Missen, Sue Morrison from Fairway and Mike MacLeod from the Canterbury Small Business Enterprise Centre for volunteering to help facilitate, and to Karl Varley and Annette Tomlinson for volunteering to be our Family Court "parents".
Of course every event held by Ebborn Law involves many hours from all our hard-working staff, who are always so enthusiastic and keen to support our community.
You will find up-to-date information in the Useful Info section of our website that was written specifically for this workshop.
A total of 123 attendees registered for the morning workshops and 33 for the afternoon workshop. In terms of gender 85% of attendees were female, 15% male.
The bulk of morning attendees were from the NGO sector (70%) with two-fifths coming from Government (17%) and Commercial (13%). Most attendees (64%) worked with organisations who dealt with no specific target. Those who dealt with women (14%) were the next highest percentage, followed by families in general (8%) and Maori (7%). In the context of the social services workshop three-fifths of attendees worked for organisations dealing in domestic violence (22%), provided general social services (20%) or served children/parenting/families (18%). One-tenth of attendees worked for providers of mental health services.