Parents poised at online portal of help
Parents will soon be able to solve their issues with a mouse click.
Well, that's the plan.
A new parenting internet portal is under way, as 24 agencies collaborate to ensure parents and children in every corner of Southland have the same access to the information and help they may need.
Called The Strength in Our Parents, it was presented to the agencies, including councils and local charities, at a project update and workshop yesterday.
Organiser and Our Way Southland regional co-ordinator Aaron Fox said the workshop was a chance for the agencies to find out about the project and look at preliminary designs.
Theresulted from three and a-half years of planning, and funding by the four local councils.
"It's about getting the right information to the right people so it can be talked about."
The Invercargill City Council stopped funding Our Way Southland in June.
But despite their unwillingness to continue funding the project, money they had previously given to the group would be used to set up the portal.
The group has $20,000 to set up the project, but Mr Fox said they wanted to be sensible with their funding.
"We need to make sure we spend that money very wisely and to make sure this thing happens," he said.
The portal would include everything from forums, question and answer times, alerts, events pages and contact details for agencies.
"There has been a call for better coordination of information for the last decade.
"It's a great selling point for the region, and this is supporting our families."
Jubilee Budget Advisory Service manager Simon Tierney said the project was a great thing to be involved in.
It would incorporate everything from toy library locations to budgetary advice.
It was a simple but very effective idea, he said.
"It is a good way to link like-minded organisations and help people get in contact with them."
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