Change at Community Services Trust
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.