The purpose of SociaLink is to provide a structure for research, innovation, collaboration, information, networking and advocacy for all involved in the sector throughout The Western Bay. SociaLink operates with the aim of “Building a Thriving Social Sector”. The idea is that only in providing an environment where social service is valued by all, where social services are fully connected and that organisations are able to take full advantage of every collaborative effort, can we create a society where all are cherished and respected.
SociaLink achieves this in several ways:
- Through the organisation of networking and community events
- Organisation of training programmes, forums and educational workshops
- Regular communication including an informative newsletter intended to inform of relevant training, new policy and legislation
- SociaLink manages daily operations at The Kollective, The Western Bay’s new co-working community service hub where collaborative effort and connectivity are key to success.
- In a combined effort with other strategic WBOP organisations SociaLink seeks to ‘map’ the social sector to better understand the organisations and services that comprise the social services sector in the Western Bay of Plenty. This involves meeting and collecting information from social services, of which it is estimated there are 221 social services.
- Assisting social sector agencies to work together e.g. networks, share information, partnerships and so forth.
In 2019 SociaLink received funding from the J Chappell-Mathias and B Sutherland Funds.