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In addition to our other work VASS is involved in a number of projects and partnerships which aim to assist our members.

Projects

One Fish Solutions

At the VASS National Conference in Nelson in November last year, we launched our new initative, One Fish Solutions.

One Fish Solutions is a unique organisational learning and development service designed by community organisations for community organisations.

One Fish Solutions can  assist with processes such as strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, developing partnerships, change strategies, leadership and team development, and service design. It is a flexible process that is customised to the needs and circumstances of each organisation.

To find out more JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or go to www.onefishsolutions.org.nz

Tuhana - Facilitating Inclusive Communities

In partnership with SAMS, and with funding from the Lotteries Community Research Fund, this project has involved researching effective practice in community participation services and developing resources and training. Go to the Tuhana website.

The MoreAble Network

In April 2013 the Prime Minister launched the MoreAble Network. The MoreAble Network is a collaborative of five social enterprises (all VASS members), who each run a commercial business that supports its local community and  provides employment for people with disabilities. VASS has worked together with these five organisation over the past two years  to investigate how they could work together to generate new business, maximise their scale and create new employment opportunities.

For more information visit www.moreable.org.nz

Partnerships and Networks

ASENZ

In March 2012 VASS and ASENZ (Association for Supported Employment in New Zealand) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. A shared vision to provide effective leadership in the vocational services sector was the driving force behind the signing of the MOU.

“By collaborating and co-operating on common areas of interest we hope to strengthen the vocational services sector, and add value to our respective organisations whilst each retaining our own autonomy, identity and purpose,” said VASS President, John Grant, at the time of the signing of the MOU.

ComVoices

We support ComVoices in partnership with other national organisations, in order to promote the value and role of the community sector and ensure the sector has a powerful and collaborative voice. Download ComVoices' Paper 'Communities Count'

Disability Employment Forum

VASS is an active member of the Disability Employment Forum, a network of disabled peoples organisations, umbrella groups and service providers, who have come together for the purpose of improving the participation of disabled people in our labour market. We are working with government agencies and the Employers' Disability Network on some practical ways to address some of the issues. Download the Forum's position paper 'The Way Forward'.

 

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