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Getting started

Suggested time

Three hours.

What SKIP will bring

Facilitation and a run sheet for the day. Some funding for expenses (venue, food).

What you’ll need to bring

A place to meet, an invitation list for the first meeting, local coordination.

Why is it important?

Learning about a community helps us to begin to understand where we need to focus our work and who needs to be involved.

How we go about it

We start by looking at any data we have about a community. This tells us information such as how many young children live there, how many families rely on a benefit, if they rent or own their homes, how many children are enrolled in early childhood education and how many CYF notifications there have been.

We also think about what else might have been happening - for example a natural disaster such as an earthquake of flooding, or recent spikes in unemployment. This helps steer us towards communities where parents might be under stress and finding parenting challenging.

We usually work with a partner to bring community people together at an initial meeting to plan the first steps of the project. The SKIP team usually facilitates this meeting and helps with organising.

In inner city Auckland the first meeting about a project in the area included people from the council and local community board, churches, migrant services, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Plunket, Asian social services, an early childhood centre, the central city library and MSD.

In Linwood the first community meeting focussed on whakawhanautanga. Everyone in the room shared their history and stories. This gave them an opportunity to get to know one another and to begin to build a dream of what every whanau in the area could be.

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