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Tuesday 18 September, 2018
Building on the series of very successful,
informative and engaging cultural awareness workshops held during 2017,
Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury and the Mid Canterbury Newcomers
Network have partnered with Welcoming Communities to offer a series of cultural
awareness workshops to help further educate, upskill and inform volunteers and
their managers when working with cultures other than their own. The workshops
this year will integrate additional cultures, expand on current understanding
and include practical tips.
Mid Canterbury Co-ordinator of Volunteering Mid & South
Canterbury Dellwyn Moylan says, that as the Ashburton District continues to
welcome people from a variety of cultures, it is important that we continue to
support community members and strengthen their confidence when engaging with
newcomers, as this helps to build a more connected and inclusive society.
“Our district is fortunate to have wonderful volunteers who
contribute to making our community more welcoming and healthy. From the feedback received last year, there was a
strong desire for further opportunities to expand volunteer understanding and
interaction with other cultures.
“A welcoming and healthy community is more
cohesive if we understand each other’s cultures, the values we hold and how
best to engage and interact with others. That is why we are pleased to provide
further learning opportunities for our volunteers.”
Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says, “People feel
safe in their identity when they are connected with and belong in the
community. Volunteers are among the trusted members of our community and these
workshops offer our volunteers with the support they need to feel equipped and
more able to welcome and interact with newcomers.”
The workshops will start in October with the
first workshop building on Māori cultural awareness. The workshop will have a
practical application and include being welcomed onto the Marae, as well as
learning and understanding of Māori protocol/tikanga when being welcomed onto a
marae. The workshop will further include practical tips that assist volunteers and
managers of volunteers to feel comfortable on marae and when interacting with
Māori in their home, at school or the workplace.
The workshop will be held at Hakatere Marae,
State Highway One, Fairton on 15 October from 9.15am - 11am and is open to
anyone who volunteers or manages volunteers. The workshop presenter will be
are involved in organisations like school PTA’s; managing or coaching sports
teams; assisting with church activities; conversation projects’ helping in the
health, elderly or social service sector; being a leader or helper with a youth
organisation or giving your time in the area of art, culture or heritage.
If you aren’t a volunteer but would like to be
one, you can register with www.volmsc.org.nz
for the workshop are essential and close at midday Friday 12 October.
For enquiries or to register go to http://tinyurl.com/AshburtonMaoriWorkshop2018 or contact
Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network Co-ordinator Adi Avnit
on 027 220 8791 or 03 308 1395 extension 239, or email email@example.com
Pictured: Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network Coordinator, Adi Avnit; Mid Canterbury Coordinator of Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury, Dellwyn Moylan; Ashburton District Welcoming Communities Coodinator, Ilana Batchelor; and Hakatere Marae Committee member, Michelle Brett.
Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury promote, support, and
uphold the integrity of voluntary work with commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury provides links for those wanting to
volunteer with organisations looking for volunteers, recognition of
volunteering, training and support of voluntary organisations. For more
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network
provides support to migrants and to newcomers to the district. Learn more
Communities Programme aims to encourage and support local councils and their
communities to take a greater leadership role by fostering connections between
newcomers and local community members. Learn more at www.wccanterbury.com