Educating Political Parties to Help the Community Sector

In the run-up to the 2020 election, we worked with other civil society organisations to try and make sure community sector concerns and aspirations after the initial COVID-19 crisis were on the agendas of our political parties.

Community and voluntary organisations are vital for people’s well-being and provide critical services including helping people feel connected with their communities. A thriving community and voluntary sector can be an engine for social learning and innovation, which are both vital for community resilience. The sector also helps make the idea of community self-government, of democracy, real.

Given long-standing questions about the support the voluntary and community sector receives from the Government, Trust Democracy collaborated with Hui E! Community Aotearoa, ComVoices, Sue Barker Charities Law and the Todd Foundation to organise a webinar so that representatives from all the main political parties would have an opportunity to hear from sector people as well as outline their party policies.

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The webinar below, which was facilitated by broadcaster Rawdon Christie, was held on 10 June 2020 and reached over 1000 people.