The $63,259 of Government funding for two Otago Salvation
Army interns was announced yesterday by Community and Voluntary
Sector Minister Jo Goodhew.
The 2013-14 Community Internship Programme funding round gave
seven New Zealand community groups a share of $229,797 to
''The funding will be shared among the successful community
groups and will fund a variety of projects including
relationship-building, improving connections with the
community and building capability.''
The internships could be for full-time placements between
three months and six months or part-time for up to a year,
Mrs Goodhew said.
The successful applicants included the Otago Youth Wellness
Trust (OYWT), $36,834, and the St Martin Island Community
Mrs Goodhew said the OYWT provided a free service for people
aged between 11 and 18 with complex needs, who were least
likely to access mainstream services for support.
Mrs Goodhew said the trust reported high rates of young
people in Otago not engaged in education, employment or
training and the trust would reverse the trend with increased
collaboration with experienced partners.
The money would fund an intern from the Salvation Army, Mrs
Saint Martin Island Community Inc said members of Knox Church
and the Theological Hall in the late 1950s obtained a lease
for the 14ha island in the Otago Harbour and began its
environmental and ecological regeneration.
The community group believed its historical church
affiliation had stopped people participating and contributing
to its programmes.
A Salvation Army intern would focus on capacity and
capability building, with a goal to develop new programmes,
material and resources and communication strategies to extend
its outreach to people in Otago.