Porirua’s strength lies in its numbers
A group of Porirua organisations have banded together to create a free newsletter and website with the aim of connecting the community.
A meeting in April at Pataka highlighted the lack of a ‘‘one-stop shop’’ for community organisations in the city, Jenny Lester from Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust said.
She and representatives from Citizens Advice Bureau, Volunteer Porirua, Porirua Community Service Centre (based at Pember House) and Porirua City Council established Community Connect Porirua in response.
Lester said the website was running now, giving organisations an avenue to advertise, share and inform about their services, events and activities.
Government departments, residents’ and ratepayers’ groups, schools and sports groups are free to use it, and more than 100 are on board so far.
There was no profit to be made – just informing the community, Sandra Andrews from Citizens Advice Bureau said.
‘‘We are confident it is working well and will get bigger and better,’’ she said.
Lester said Community Connect Porirua was an opportunity to band together to respond as a single voice on local, regional and national issues.
The deadline for putting notices in the next newsletter is Thursday.
Check out pember. org. nz/ community-connect-porirua.
Non-profit: The Community Connect Porirua group logo.