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Crossroads Clubhouse Fundraiser Garage Sale

Crossroads Clubhouse is holding a Fundraiser Garage Sale on the Saturday of MHAW.

This is an opportunity to promote mental health to our local community while raising funds for Crossroads Clubhouse. Come along and grab a bargain while supporting a great cause!

On: 11 October
At: 393 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
From: 8:00am-1:00pm

Contact: Stephen Hart, Clubhouse Director

Email: admin@crossroadsclubhouse.org.nz

Phone: 376 4267

Toi Ora proudly presents ETHEREAL

Visit and view the highly recommended Ethereal exhibition at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust.

It runs until the 3rd of October at Toi Ora, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn. Phone 09 360 4171.

ETHEREAL: art of different worlds with Tricia Hall, Christine Mansford, Haleigh Newth, and Louise Williams.

Toi Ora’s latest exhibition brings together four women artists who explore the ideas of other worlds that lie beneath the surface of this one.

Each artist in their preferred medium seeks out the strange, the other, the intriguing, and the macabre.

From the artists: “Whether using photography, paint, printmaking or pastel, we are drawing attention to the inner landscapes of the imaginary, the fantastical, the whimsical, and the wonder of seeing the world through different eyes. We are creating the potential for the many layers of stories that are possible if we only take the time to explore them.”

More on the Toi Ora Website.


Changing Minds 2014 Film Festival

Changing Minds presents the 2014 Film Festival – Mad about Movies. The film festival will run during Mental Health Awareness week, 7-11 October 2014 , and will be show films each night at Academy Cinema in Auckland City.

The full programme is yet to be finalised but keep an eye out for what films will be shown!

Check out the webpage here and the Mad about Movies facebook page here.

Flag It!

An invitation to design, make and exhibit Aotearoa/New Zealand’s next national flag! In the next parliamentary term, 2014–2017, the people of Aotearoa / New Zealand will vote on whether their country flies a new flag. In that case it will be ensured that the public can contribute design ideas.

There have been numerous calls in the last decades for a new flag design. It has been argued that the current flag symbolises a colonial and post-colonial era whose time has passed, and that it ignores Māori heritage and other ethnic groups. It is also very similar to the Australian flag and the two are often confused.

New Zealand is not the first country to address redesigning their national flag; 31 countries have done so since 1990. A flag competition held by the Listener in 1989 showed that most New Zealanders wanted a change. In 2010 the New Zealand Herald ran a front-page article arguing that it was time to change. And with the referendum coming up, the time is now.

The Depot Artspace wants to prepare for this process by inviting you to take part in Flag It! – an opportunity to have your say and represent your country, your identity and tūrangawaewae / your sense of place!

For further details of entry please contact Gallery Manager helenwinskill@depotartspace.co.nz

Deadline August 29th.

Skylight: Four August Workshops

Skylight offers a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief – whatever the cause, and whatever their age. They also equip, train and support those wanting to assist, such as friends or family members, community volunteers or professionals. Here are four workshops they are offering in the upcoming weeks. For more information about these or other upcoming workshops, go to http://skylight.org.nz/

Compassion fatigue and second had trauma 

Day / Date:   Tues,19th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve

Workshop brief: This workshop will explain; the nature and impact of Compassion Fatigue and Second Hand Trauma, suggest ways to manage the effects in the workplace, and discuss strategies for prevention. Participants will: Hear about the latest research / Gain knowledge and skills to better manage and prevent these challenges / Learn simple ways to positively influence and benefit their workplace culture. The workshop will benefit people whose role involves supporting others in distress, or difficulty of any kind.  It is also for those who support the wellbeing of frontline staff.

Eating disorders 

Day / Date:   Wed, 27th Aug          Time:  9.30 – 12.30pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Chris Bowden and Megan Horsham

Workshop brief: This informative and interactive workshop will explore: How to identify a young person at risk, and identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders / What it is like to have an eating disorder from a young person’s point of view (themes from research and real life) / How to talk with young people who have an eating disorder (for example, what to say, how best to say it and what not to say) / How to respond to disclosures, anger and denial in young people / How to talk to and support family and friends of teens with eating disorders

Understanding men’s grief, loss and health

Day / Date:   Thurs 28th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve and Chris Bowden

Workshop brief: Understanding men’s grief, loss and health – this workshop for professionals will explore the latest thinking about the ways gender shapes men’s health beliefs, coping, and health behaviours. Participants will be encouraged to join a conversation, share insights and knowledge about how best to support men experiencing grief, loss and change.

Supporting Children and Teens through Loss and Grief

Day / Date:   Fri, 29th Aug          Time:  9.30am – 12.30 pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: The Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland
Facilitator:                  John Hibbs

Workshop brief: This experiential and interactive workshop will look at the challenging and disorienting experience of grief, loss and bereavement for children and young people by: Exploring a variety of creative therapeutic approaches to working with grief / Practical ways to work with the issues of guilt, fear, anger and sadness / Coping strategies through the hard times / What works with the differing developmental stages / Supporting through reflection and active listening.


Take It From Us: Weekly Radio Show

Take It From Us is a weekly radio show with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. It is on every Tuesday 12.30pm on PlanetFM104.6.

Listen live or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

The show also has a new Facebook page… type “take it from us” in the Facebook.com search box;

or email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comments/suggestions for shows.

The Cube NZ: Strategic Action Plan and Awards

The Cube NZ are working with the Auckland Councils Youth Advisory Panel, to launch the I Am Auckland Children and Young Peoples Strategic Action Plan and the very first Youth Work and Youth Organisation Awards.

The Launch and Awards will be on 25th July 2014 at the Limelight Theatre, Aotea Centre. This event I completely Youth Led, meaning that young people are designing and delivering all aspects of the launch and awards.

What we are needing from you…….

Please get the message out that we are giving young people the opportunity to recognise and nominate youth workers and youth organisations for an awards. They can do this by filling out this very easy nomination form www.iamauckland.co.nz.

All the information on who you can nominate and the categories are on the form. What else are we looking for…… as this is youth led, we are looking for young people who are interested in some work experience in setting up and delivering the event, if you know of a young person (aged between 15 – 24) who would like to get some event work experience please email iamauckland.awards@gmail.com and we will hook them up with the Cube Crew who are organising the event.

If you have any questions about the event feel free to contact Catherine on Catherine@yesdisability.org.nz

Volunteering Auckland and UNITEC: The Power of Story with Moya Sayer-Jones

Volunteering Auckland in Partnership with UNITEC bring you … Using stories to win hearts, change minds and show outcomes.

Every organisation has great stories to tell. This workshop looks at the power of story to win hearts, change minds and strengthen connections in teams and organisations. It helps build story competence, develop story cultures, shows you how to gather and use stories effectively plus increases your ability to tell your stories so that people watch or listen right to the end.

On this interactive workshop you will learn:

The importance of stories to organisations
The difference between a case study, a testimonial and a story
How to tell a good story
How to gather stories within organisations or communities
How to use stories for evaluation, engagement and development
How to manage ethical issues when working with stories.

Participants will use a story circle process to craft a story for themselves over the course of the workshop and will get to see and hear examples of stories that worked. Case studies and examples of how not for profit organisations have used stories to demonstrate outcomes will be shared. Participants will also experience how stories can strengthen identity and connections in teams and organisations by listening and working with the stories that others tell.

Auckland – Wednesday 25 June

Presented by Volunteering Auckland in partnership with UNITEC

Register here.  More HERE 

Shared Vision North Harbour Social Housing Forum

Shared Vision North Harbour warmly invites you to the upcoming Social Housing Forum.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 27 2014
  • Time: 11.45am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: AMI Netball North Harbour Stadium, Function Room Upstairs, 44 Northcote Road, Northcote
  • RSVP: Phone Miriama 09 4418989 | Email: miriama@raeburnhouse.org.nz

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about recent developments in Social Housing Policy

Guest speakers include:

  • Sandra Biggs – Work & Income Area Manager
  • Kevin Hawkins – Housing Coordinator at Connect Supporting Recovery

This is a free event open to the entire community with lunch provided.

Everyone is welcome, please spread the word!

Please find more information attached, SV Social Housing Forum 2014, or contact:

Amberlee Wharton
Community Resource Co-ordinator

Raeburn House – Connecting Diverse Vibrant Communities
P O Box 36 336, Northcote, North Shore City 0748
T  09 441 8989  |  F 09 441 8988  | W www.raeburnhouse.org.nz


Health Promotion Workshop

Hauora run a health promotion workshop in Ponsonby.

Topic: Promoting the health and wellbeing of older people

  • Date: Friday 16th May 2014
  • Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St. Ponsonby, Auckland.
  • Cost: $76.50 Member $90.00 Non Member (All prices inclusive of GST)

Registration will be opening soon.

Please go to www.hauora.co.nz to check a Calendar of Events.