Welcome to the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services (VASS)
We are a federation of community organisations that support disabled people by helping them identify and fulfil their personal goals and aspirations, find work and participate in their communities.
Our goal is to ensure disabled people are working, participating and fulfilling their aspirations in inclusive communities.
We provide the following services for our members to help them achieve this:
- Provide opportunities for peer support through meetings, seminars and a peer mentoring programme
- Provide members with a joint voice to Government and fund holders
- Provide members with information through our popular e-newsletter, as well as providing information about government policy, current research and issues
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Inclusive NZ wishes you all the best for a safe and happy holiday season.
Our office will be closed from midday on 24 December – 7 January.
Staff will be taking annual leave throughout January so apologies if it takes longer than usual for us to get back to you.
See you all in the New Year!
Inclusive NZ March Forum 2015
We are pleased to announce that we have now confirmed the dates for our March Forum 2015.
The Forum is to be held in Wellington from the 24-25 of March, 2015 so please pencil this in your diaries.
Watch this space for updates on how to register, as well as information on programme details.
Getting to grips with ICT Systems:A look at Client Management Systems
Want to know more about ICT systems and what is likely to work best for your organisation?
To aid you in the decision-making process Inclusive NZ has gathered together case studies on five of its member organisations and the systems they use.
To access this resource click here to be taken through to our Learning Areas section.
Inclusive NZ's submission on the More Effective Social Services Paper
Thank you to all our members who gave us feedback on our submission to the Productivity's Commission's inquiry into how it can improve the ways government agencies purchase social services and how purchasing influences the quality and effectiveness of social services.
We have now sent the submission in and were pleased to be able to focus its contents on the key areas that were important to you.
To read our submission please click here to go through to the submission section of our website.
Need a Capability Mentor? Visit onefishsolutions.org.nz
One Fish Solutions (which was launched by VASS last year) is now a Ministry of Social Development approved Capability Mentor. If you have received funding from the Capability Investment Resource we can assist you with your Capability Self-Assessment, developing a Capability Plan based on your assessment and implementation of your plan in the following areas:
- Strategic Governance
- Adaptive Leadership
- Operational Management
- Workforce Development
- Organisational Responsiveness
- People Living with Disability
To find out more go to www.onefishsolutions.org.nz