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NGOs supporting each other - in practice


A few weeks ago, over 40 Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing practitioners came together. The social workers, peer support workers and occupational therapists from the 7 community NGOs got to support and hear from one another.

It was the second time they could hear feedback directly from local doctor Malcolm Lowe whose GP practice directly benefits from the pilot, share information about each organisation and work through several case studies.

In those case studies they discussed how we might best support the person in a way that is true to our core principles: at its heart the support should be person centred (based on what matters to the person), relational (based on trusting relationships) and collaborative (everybody supporting the person working together).

The programme of work has been developed and led from the front by the awesome 7 NGOs involved in the Awhi Ora Supporting Wellbeing pilot (Affinity, Mind and Body, Emerge Aotearoa, Framework Trust, Pathways, Mahitahi Trust and Vaka Tautua). The programme concept originated from desire from the NGOs to work more collaboratively, to be better connected as a shared collective service - How might we enable this they asked? What does this look like? This far, its looked like lots of laughter, getting to know each other as both people and practitioners and sharing successes and learning from people we've supported this far.

It is really inspiring seeing organisations working together in this way, sharing resource, experiences and insights as to how to work better together. You go NGOs! Looking forward to session #3!


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