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Sixth Months More Funding For Community Law Centres

Nicola Owen from Auckland Disability Law writes …. 

Dear Supporters

The Ministry of Justice has told us that funding for all Community Law Centres including Auckland Disability Law will now continue until December 2013.

Community Law Centre contracts had been due to expire on 30 June 2013.

We are obviously pleased to be able to tell you that we are now able to keep providing free legal services to disabled people in the Auckland region for an extra six months.

However, we know you will be concerned that this is only a short term solution.

Before Christmas we wrote to Justice Minister Judith Collins to thank her for her commitment to Auckland Disability Law and to acknowledge our shared aspiration that our services could be extended nationally.

The Minister wrote back to advise us that her officials will keep working on plans for the long term future of Community Law Centres.  We hope to hear more about that when we meet with the Ministry and all the other Community Law Centres in Wellington in early April.

In the meantime, we urge you to continue to support your local Community Law Centre, and to stay in touch for updates.  Your lobbying last year certainly made a difference.  It is essential that we continue to remind our funders of the need for specialist direct community legal services for disabled people, and that these services should be available across New Zealand.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Nga Mihi,


Nicola Owen
Development Manager
Auckland Disability Law
Phone 09 257 5140
Fax 09 275 4693
Mobile 0274575140
email info@adl.org.nz

Funded New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Parents

The Ministry of Education is now funding New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf parents so they can contribute and participate in their children’s core education activities while their children are attending primary and secondary school.

This service covers:

  • formal parent-teacher meetings
  • Individual Education Plan meetings
  • attendance at prize giving/special assemblies
  • attendance at any additional meetings with school staff where any aspect of a child’s education is being discussed
  • attendance at school enrolment meetings.

For information about the service go to: http://www.isign.co.nz/services/funding, or contact Carolyn Grace, phone 04 463 8953 or email carolyn.grace@minedu.govt.nz .

Have Your Say on How Community Funding Works in Auckland

Auckland Council provides various forms of support to community groups working for their communities.  This assistance comes in a number of forms including, but not limited to:

  • capacity building and governance support
  • funding
  • provision of subsidised leases
  • partnership with council to develop facilities.

Auckland Council is undertaking stakeholder consultation on a new Community Assistance Framework and related policies, including:

Community funding policy

This policy will guide the provision of contestable and multiyear contract grants at regional and local levels.  The policy will support the provision of grants to a wide-range of community groups across the region, whilst ensuring the policy is equitable, accountable and transparent.

Community lease policy

This policy will guide the provision of subsidised, below market rental community leases across the region.  The policy will provide subsidised council-owned buildings and / or land to community groups to undertake a range of activities that benefit the community.

Facility partnership policy

This policy will guide the creation of partnerships between council and external organisations to develop new or upgrade existing facilities across the region.  The intent of the policy is to address gaps in council’s network facilities by entering into partnerships with external organisations.

The long-term approach to community assistance is expected to become effective from July 2012, contingent upon political and consultative processes.  Members of the public, key internal and external stakeholders and community organisations will be asked to participate fully in these processes.

As a community group in the region, the new framework and policies may affect your organisation and we welcome your views.

You can register interest in being involved in consultation by emailing communityassistance@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.  

Funded Home Support for Older People Available

Miranda Smith Homecare would really love to hear from anyone who is currently supporting or knows of someone whom could really use some additional home based support but are not in a position to currently finance it themselves.

They have 20-hours a month of funded home-support available on application.

From the information sheet:
Each case referred to our free care initiative will be assessed on an individual basis by the team in our Auckland office.  There is a limit to the amount of free care we will be able to provide (20hrs per month) so at this stage we intend to look at referred clients on a first in first serve basis in conjunction with consideration of where we can make the most difference and our ability to provide the appropriate services

Contact Jacinta Gray for more information and a copy of the referral request form.

Email: jacinta@mshomecare.co.nz

Phone: 09 522 8604