New website for community

Last updated 05:00 27/03/2014

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A new Taranaki website has been set up that covers everything a community group might need.

The website was designed to enable community groups to become stronger and more sustainable by finding the right information, TSB Community Trust manager Maria Ramsay said.

"The Wheelhouse represents a nationally significant example of regional collaboration between community organisations, funders, local territorial authorities, government departments and business."

Organisations behind The Wheelhouse include the TSB Community Trust, New Plymouth District Council, Stratford District Council, South Taranaki District Council, The Bishop's Action Foundation, Implement, Department of Internal Affairs, Sport Taranaki, Te Puni Kokiri and Tui Ora.

The Bishop's Action Foundation spokesman Andrew Brock said the website aimed to make it easier for community groups to find resources and relevant information online.

"Not only can groups find information and resources, the website also features regional training listings, many of which are subsidised through a funding partnership with the TSB Community Trust and administrated by the Bishop's Action Foundation."

The project was an example of true collaboration in practice, he said.

Community groups could approach Wheelhouse through the website.

Wheelhouse would then, with its partners, explore options to find the assistance and support the groups required.

A regional directory of community groups was also available.

The website had been programmed by the New Plymouth District Council, using features such as responsive design, meaning it adapted to work on mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

"All community groups within Taranaki are encouraged to get online and see this locally grown, nationally significant, website for themselves," Mr Brock said.

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