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Boost for NGOs Welcomed

Media Statement – for immediate release 12 February 2008

Boost for NGOs Welcomed

Relationship Services congratulates the Government for recognising the need for community organisations to have adequate, sustainable funding.

“We are very pleased that the Government has recognised the significant role that the NGO sector plays, and has agreed to fund these key organisations in a sustainable way”, said Mr Jeff Sanders, CEO of Relationship Services, and a member of the Pathways to Partnership steering group.

The organisations that will be assisted by today’s announcement are grass roots agencies that help tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year.

“Relationship Services, like many other agencies, has struggled to meet the increasing demand for our services. This announcement will make a real difference to our ability to meet peoples needs in the 70 communities we work in throughout New Zealand,” said Mr Sanders.

“Community agencies are responding to more complex family needs, which require comprehensive wrap around services. This funding announcement recognises the financial costs of agencies liasing and working together, and will enable us to work more effectively in local communities.”

Today’s announcement is the result of the Pathways to Partnership discussions with the Government over a number of years about how community organisations can be better resourced to meet the growing and complex needs in the community.

“This demonstrates the benefits to the community of government and NGOs working together to find solutions.”

“More certainty of funding will enable us to plan for the future and meet community needs more effectively,” Mr Sanders said.


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