Services ‘speed-dating’ format praised

Representatives from various groups and organisations gathered in Temuka to share information...
Representatives from various groups and organisations gathered in Temuka to share information about what services are available in the town. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Organisations, agencies, community services and individuals came together earlier this month to find out what services are available in Temuka.

The Timaru District Council’s community development team facilitated a "Let’s Connect" networking event in Temuka.

With 25 registrations from local community board members, the Temuka library, church representatives, to the local MP, community experience manager Claire Barlow said the "speed dating" format of the event meant that attendees got to meet face-to-face and learnt about what each other did in the community.

"We wanted to bring together agencies, organisations and community services in Temuka to connect and get to know each other and the services they provide.

"This not only benefits those in attendance, but the communities that they provide support for."

The event was well received with lots of fantastic conversations and connections made, as well as the all-important swapping of business cards, she said.

The community development team has now set their sights on a similar event to be held in Geraldine next year.

"Connection and collaboration of our community services falls under two key priorities in our safer communities strategy: empowering a collaborative community that promotes wellbeing and social connectedness, and optimising pathways and opportunities for the community to thrive," Mrs Barlow said.