14 September 2010
APPENDIX 1 Project Update Since the release in June 2009 of the Community Outcomes Monitoring Report (2005-2008), the work of the Our Way Southland has focussed on the identification of key regional issues within Southland's seven community outcomes which would benefit from a collaborative community approach. At the Southland Leaders' Forum held in Invercargill on 29 September 2009, attendees agreed on the following short-list of key regional issues: Engage Parents - parenting strategy 43 votes Develop a leadership academy 36 votes Ensure growth is managed so things we like are not lost 25 votes Youth • Early intervention/prevention • Get them involved in activities such as sport • Mentors 23 votes Our Way Southland is now facilitating two separate cross -sector focus groups to develop action plans and initiate collaborative projects as follows: Parenting Focus Group . This group has now met twice, with a third meeting scheduled for 2 September. The work programme which has been agreed by the group includes a stock take of parenting services and a survey of parents, caregivers and children. The information collected as part of the stock take of service providers and parenting groups will form the basis of a database of regional parent support services, programmes and events, while the survey of parents, caregivers and children will provide qualitative responses on the value of parenting within the community which can be incorporated into the proposed regional parenting strategy. The group is also considering a regional charter, which would be a simple and clear statement of the rights of Southland children as set out in the full parenting strategy. Our Way Southland is separately liaising with the Early Childhood Focus Group, facilitated by the Ministry of Education, the Southland Kindergarten Association and Southern REAP, which is looking to coordinate and facilitate early childhood services and programmes throughout Southland. Leadership . This group has now met twice, with the third meeting scheduled for 27 August. In the course of discussions on how a leadership academy might operate within Southland, there was general agreement that future leaders would be best sourced from those who choose to live and work in the region, that potential leaders need to be identified and 'shoulder-tapped', and that any training and mentoring should be practical rather than theoretical. Research on overseas leadership incubator models is also being undertaken, for consideration by the focus group when discussing how best to offer leadership training, experience and mentoring within Southland. Our Way Southland Youth Forum 2010 . The purposes of this Forum were to identify, clarify and report to Southland's Councils - and the wider community - the issues of importance for Southland's youth, and to assist with the development of leadership. This Youth Forum was an initiative of the Invercargill, Gore and Southland Youth Councils, with $20K of funding from the Ministry of Youth Development and support from the Invercargill City Council, the Southland District Council, the Gore District Council, and Our Way Southland.