The North West Collective arose from a 2014 project funded by the Ministry of Social Development that aimed to support the development, capacity and impact of local organisations across the city. This initiative involved working with management, boards of trustees and staff both in individual organisations and in partnership across the participating organisations. The organisations also ranged in size, scope, services and activities but were united by their demonstrated ongoing commitment to the communities of the North West.
The key purpose was to support community agencies to improve their collective impact in their work in the North West. It was to meet existing identified organisational needs, identify new areas for development, develop new resources and strengthen existing resources that could be shared across all participating organisations.
Key identified shared priorities for development were:
Developing shared vision, rules and timeline to increase capacity as a collective and enhance a collaborative approach beyond this project. Scope of gaps in services within the North Cluster.
Strategic business management and emergency plans.
Marketing/promoting of our organisations so that our services are more accessible to the public and they have an understanding of what we are able to provide. This includes IT, websites and social media.
Increased local business strategy to better work with this important part of our communities. Collective bargaining processes with suppliers.
Human resources planning/management.
This work was completed in August 2016 with MSD and we thank the staff who initiated this project across Christchurch.
The North West Collective now continues to meet monthly. We are accessing funding to support our meetings and administration of our collective and continue to reap the benefits of working collaboratively across of areas of work in the North West of Christchurch.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa Let us keep close together not far apart
NWC Panel Video Watch members from eight of our organisations talk about the advantages of being part of the collective.