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Local initiatives benefit from funding

Wednesday March 8 2017

Increasing social connection within local communities has inspired three new projects. The projects have all been granted funds from Palmerston North City Council’s Local Initiatives Fund.

Photo shows sweeping views of the Pohangina Valley.

LEAP has won funding to develop a business directory to encourage people in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley to shop locally.

Council has granted a total of $18,787 to three organisations and their projects.

Social Socks Charitable Trust

This group provides social interaction programmes for children, by using sock puppets as a fun, non–threatening way to teach kids how to interact with each other. Developed by trained counsellors, primary and early childhood teachers, it offers programmes that encourage children to explore and develop their social and emotional skills. Social Socks has booked John Parsons, an internet health and risk assessment consultant, to carry out a series of free workshops in Palmerston North around internet safety.

Network of Skilled Migrants

The network provides support for skilled migrants to become active in employment and contribute to the local economy. Its project is a series of professional networking events, aimed at addressing barriers migrants face such as language, unrecognised qualifications, cultural differences and a lack of understanding networks, and accessible information.

The Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina Inc

The funds will assist LEAP to develop a business directory for Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley to encourage people to shop locally. The directory will be distributed online and in print to an estimated 1,700 households.

The Local Initiatives Fund is administered by Council. The fund supports initiatives from non-profit groups that are unique, innovative and benefit the local community, particularly in the areas of increasing social connectedness, building a strong voluntary sector, and encouraging active citizenship.

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