One structure 'better for services'

Community organisations in Nelson could spend less time looking for board members and more time delivering services, says a community trust manager.

Deidre Ryan, who manages the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust, has been invited to Nelson to share her experience and talk about the benefits of the single governance structure the trust operates.

Under the Wellbeing North Canterbury model, just one board is required to deliver a range of more than 16 social services in partnership with community advisory groups.

The Wellbeing board focuses on governance and employs the manager to oversee the management of the organisation.

"We provide backroom services for local groups, such as administration, HR, payroll, and funding application and accountability reports, so the energy flows into service delivery rather than hunting around for new trustees or looking for a treasurer," she said.

It was getting harder for community organisations to remain sustainable and to meet increasing compliance and reporting requirements, especially when employing staff.

However, with the structure that Wellbeing North Canterbury used took care of that, she said.

Deidre Ryan will speak at the Community and Whanau network on Wednesday, April 9, at noon at the Trafalgar Park Pavilion.

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