Social Services Waimakariri has Working Groups that provide the backbone to the work we do. Working Groups are established as opportunity or need arises. Our current Working Groups are detailed here.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Focus Group
This group meets bi-monthly and provides an opportunity for collaboration of Mental Health service providers in Waimakariri.
The Mental Health Focus Group is a forum to share ideas, news and challenges, and an opportunity to work together to identify gaps within service provision, and advocate for Mental Health within the Waimakariri District.
The current members of the Mental Health Focus Group represent a wide range of services and include specialist mental health providers, peer support agencies and population based mental health.
Each month the Chair of the Mental Health Focus Group presents a report to the member agencies of Social Services Waimakariri.
Social Inclusion initiatives Group
This group meets fortnightly to work together on projects around Social Inclusion. Following a recent review, the group has been renamed from the Social Isolation Working Group to the Social Inclusion Initiatives Group. The group welcomes agencies with capacity to undertake project work.
The Social Inclusion Initiatives Group is an action focused group established following the Canterbury Earthquakes 2011/2012. Project work is undertaken to address the need for connection within a rapidly growing District. Current projects include Welcome Packs, support for Women, Youth and Elderly. The Social Inclusion Initiatives Group actively seeks to support existing groups/agencies within the District.
The current members of the Group define Social Isolation as; ‘The absence of meaningful social interactions affecting health and wellbeing, contacts and relationships with family and friends, and with neighbours on an individual level and with society at large’
Each month the Chair of the Social Inclusion Initiatives Group presents a report to the member agencies of Social Services Waimakariri.