Change at Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust

Bush Telegraph - - EXPLORE PAHIATUA - By STEVE CARLE´

The Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust was es­tab­lished in 1991 by a group of like­minded peo­ple who saw a need to en­sure that sup­port ser­vices were avail­able to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Since then, the Trust has con­tin­ued to grow and now pro­vides a range of ser­vices to those who need it.

Shirley Hull re­signed from her po­si­tion on the Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust Board at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4. She had held her trea­surer po­si­tion for 10 years.

“Shirley has been a great board mem­ber, par­tic­u­larly with her links to the wider com­mu­nity,” said Trust Chair Di Ea­gle.

“She’s in­cred­i­bly busy. We will miss her and the way she has con­nected our or­gan­i­sa­tion with other com­mu­ni­ty­fo­cussed peo­ple. Shirley has been one of the front peo­ple for our Trust Board who gets things go­ing. She’s al­ways think­ing about what the com­mu­nity needs.”

An­dree Turner was an­other out­go­ing Board mem­ber with two years’ ser­vice.

“An­dree has the abil­ity to re­late to peo­ple and un­der­stands ser­vices from a com­mu­nity per­spec­tive. An­dree has now taken up stud­ies to­wards a so­cial work de­gree, so when an op­por­tu­nity arose within our youth ser­vice con­tract at The Trust, An­dree was in­ter­ested in fill­ing this ca­sual va­cancy.

“This has led to her res­ig­na­tion from the Board,” Di said.

Di Ea­gle was re-elected as Chair­per­son of the Trust Board for her fourth term since 2015. Dur­ing this time, Di has led the Board through the many changes re­quired for gov­er­nance within the so­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

Four new Board mem­bers were elected. They had been ap­proached by Di be­fore­hand: Jo Sheri­dan, Tim White, Jane Tylee (elected as sec­re­tary) and Keryn Brass (elected as trea­surer). They join Gly­nis De Cas­tro (deputy chair­per­son), Colleen Cot­ter (in her 28th year on the board), Talei and Graeme Mercer and Lynne Hud­dle­ston.

At the meet­ing, the Friends of The Trust was launched, invit­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers “with a big heart” to sup­port the ser­vices the Trust of­fer in the Tararua. Fi­nan­cial sup­port, through an­nual do­na­tion, gives au­to­matic ‘friend’-ship to The Trust and can be paid on­line on their new web­site, www.thetrust­pahiatua.org.nz.

Friends of The Trust brochures are also avail­able at their of­fice at 43 Main Street in Pahiatua, or by phon­ing the team on 376 7608. Other do­na­tions, such as fire­wood, meat or bak­ing for raf­fles and fundrais­ing are ap­pre­ci­ated. The Trust al­ready has a few loyal ‘friends’, who are kept up to date with ac­tiv­i­ties and re­warded with a small gift.

At the an­nual meet­ing last year’s per­for­mance was re­viewed and the chal­lenge of sourc­ing phil­an­thropic fund­ing to main­tain cur­rent ser­vice lev­els into the fu­ture was out­lined.

“It was chal­leng­ing — a huge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the team and re­quired com­mit­ment from the staff, man­ager and Board.

“To­gether, we have raised $90,000 over the past 12 months and we are so grate­ful to the fun­ders who have made it pos­si­ble for us to carry on.” Di says.

Part­ner­ships with busi­nesses is also on the hori­zon for next year, with plans to work closer with Prop­erty Bro­kers, Pahiatua New World and Fon­terra un­der way. Pahiatua New World will be sup­port­ing the Trust’s Meals for Fam­i­lies work by ask­ing cus­tomers to add $1 to their pur­chase to go to­wards pro­vid­ing frozen meals to fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity.

“Meals for Fam­i­lies isn’t about de­pri­va­tion — it’s about the gift of food. Some fam­i­lies don’t have the sup­port of neigh­bours or fam­ily liv­ing close by, and we ac­knowl­edge the tough times with sick kids or hec­tic work loads by mak­ing lives a bit eas­ier and let­ting them off the din­ner duty for the night.” Di says.

“It’s about peo­ple help­ing peo­ple and that’s what makes our com­mu­nity so great.”

It’s been a busy year for the team at the Trust, with over 450 fam­i­lies sup­ported by the ser­vices, in­clud­ing help with par­ent­ing, sup­port for young par­ents un­der 20, young peo­ple who live away from their par­ents, fam­ily vi­o­lence, fam­ily so­cial work sup­port, el­der abuse and ne­glect ser­vices, coun­selling, mid­wives and an­te­na­tal ed­u­ca­tion.

Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust Board from left: Graeme Mercer, Colleen Cot­ter, Talei Mercer, An­dree Turner, Di Ea­gle, Jo Sheri­dan, Shirley Hull, Ti­mothy White, Gly­nis de Cas­tro, Keryn Brass and Jane Tylee.

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