Welcome to the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services (VASS)
We are a federation of 70 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
Community is the Answer - A seminar with Margaret Wheatley
When: 21 November 2014, 9am - 3.30pm
Where: James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, 147 The Terrace, Wellington
"Community is the Answer" is a local extension of the international community development conference held in Glasgow in June.
The seminar will be facilitated by Margaret Wheatley who is an international writer, speaker and consultant on organisational behaviour and change. You can learn more about her at: www.MargaretWheatley.com
At the seminar participants will have the opportunity to:
- Hear the stories of three diverse NZ communities who are using 'community led' approaches
- Explore how we can grow community well-being
- Interact and learn with a network of interested people and agencies
To register for this unique opportunity please download the registration form by clicking on the link below:
Numbers are limited so please register early by sending your completed registration form to: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or by post.
Registrations close Friday 14 November.
VASS UK Study Report 2014
The full report on the VASS contingents' experiences during their trip to the UK can be downloaded by clicking through to the Learning Areas section of our website.
The report provides more detail on the trip than was able to be provided at the July regional forums, including what they learned about social enterprise, the personalisation of services and community development.
If you would like a hard copy of the report you can order one from the VASS Office for $15 (including postage). Please email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING to place an order.
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