We had an excellent Strategic Planning Day on Saturday 20th April, and are deeply indebted to all who attended: community members, stakeholders, collaborators, board members, and fans!
As staff members, it was incredibly gratifying to see how engaged other people are with our organisation, and how visionary we can be together. We are a small (and effective!) organisation in terms of staff hours, but we are big (and strong!) when it comes to community engagement and the many voices of our members, friends, and whānau.
One of the clear themes that came through in our discussion was our desire to be having and encouraging “brave conversations.” We see this as something we can facilitate on multiple levels: with our community members/tangata whai ora/consumers/service users, with mental health workers and clinicians, with local council and national government, and across a range of social justice sectors that relate to mental health and addictions.
We will move forward with a greater sense of purpose and inspiration for what we do, thanks to the generous and constructive contributions from those who attended the Planning Day.
We would like to thank Carol Scholes for robust facilitation and we look forward to viewing the completed report, which will also be available for our members.