To say that this week has been mammoth is the understatement of the week.
CanCERN has welcomed two new staff on board – Sarah and Marcus – and already we know they are going to add energy and a skill set that will really enhance what we can do. They’ll be out and about soon meeting members and others in the community so make them feel welcome.
Of course, they have walked right into the final stages of planning for ‘Let’s Find and Fix’ so it has been a baptism of fire for them.
‘Let’s Find and Fix’ is a really special project so get in behind it and spread the word. Someone you tell may have a much better winter because of it.
‘In the Know’ is also rocking along and the questions have flooded in. The Think Tank team has been working hard to get all of the questions uploaded and we are continuing to work with responding agencies to ensure their responses are both quick and meaningful. It’s an ever evolving process and like almost everything, it will get better with practise so keep spreading the word about this project as well. We know it has helped people already.
The other big topic of the week has been what Leanne learnt from spending two weeks in Victoria, Australia looking at how they are dealing with disaster recoveries. It really has been too much to process over the week so hopefully by next week Leanne will have her thoughts in some semblance of order and share the similarities and differences between both country’s recoveries. Word is, there are more similarities than differences.
The CanCERN Team
CanCERN Solving that Winter Problem!
It’s finally here!
We’ve been talking about our project ‘Find the 900’ for some time now and with winter approaching it is definitely time to launch this campaign so welcome to ‘Let’s Find and Fix’.
People have at times been worried about getting temporary repairs done on their home whilst waiting for the final reinstatement. CanCERN has heard this and worked with partners to take the worries away and get temporary fixes done so the homes are safe, sanitary, weathertight and warmer before winter rolls around.
The type of damage that would constitute needing a temporary repair are:
- Holes in external walls, the roof or floor, or where residents still have gaps in their homes covered in plastic.
- Problems with drainage where the toilet backs up, or there is raw sewerage/waste water or polluted liquefaction lying on the property
- External winds and doors that do not open, shut or lock property.
If this sounds like your home or you know someone who lives in a home like this, contact Let’s Find and Fix on 0800 233 551 anytime from Monday. An assessment will take place and if necessary, contractors will do a temporary repair. The great news is that approved temporary repairs do not come off your temporary accommodation cover and they will not effect your final reinstatement.
Red Cross have people out in hard hit communities door knocking in a bid to find these families. Canterbury networks have been alerted to the campaign and make referrals or encourage people to call and self refer and by next week, Let’s Find and Fix will be splashed all over Canterbury.
This is a collaborative project and we are immensely proud of the way the project has come together. CanCERN put the problem and solution out there and every agency and organisation has jumped at the chance to be part of the project so that we can get on and make homes safer, warmer and drier before winter.
and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and Tindall Foundation for their contribution. A massive thank you to Julia (our awesome Project Manager) and all of the individuals within these organisations who have come into this community-led space with us – a winner idea!
If you have any questions about the project feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure everyone understands just what this project will deliver.
Fresh blood has arrived!
Hi everyone – I just wanted to quickly introduce myself. My name is Sarah- I’m taking over Kathryn’s previous role as facilitator. This role is a bit of a shift for me – I’ve been working in education for the last 8 years, but in the meantime I’ve also completed a master’s degree researching community groups and people in Sumner and Aranui as they dealt with earthquake recovery. I’m thrilled that I have found a role that picks up where that research left off – it was vital for me to find a way to put what I’ve learned back into the community.
Still sane after a week!
Hello, I’m Marcus Irvine, CanCERN’s new communications manager. I’ve come from Radio New Zealand where I’ve worked as a journalist in Christchurch for the past three years
My first week at CanCERN has been equally exciting, overwhelming and eye-opening. I’ve been shocked by how stuck some people still are, and by the problems many still face battling EQC and insurers. Even as a journalist who has covered dozens of stories about people suffering post-quake, I’ve been surprised by the extent of the issues that still exist.
It’s been exciting to see the work CanCERN is doing with projects like the newly launched ‘Let’s Find & Fix’ campaign. The level of insurer/EQC/Government cooperation is impressive and, to be honest, I’m surprised it’s worked, especially given the money they’re all having to fork out to make the temporary repairs.
‘In the Know’ is another project that’s crucial for people who need answers to EQ-related questions. The website is simple and easy to navigate. It was good to see the community think tank at work on Tuesday compiling people’s questions before they’re sent to the relevant agencies for answers.
I’ve come in at a busy time for CanCERN and it will be a little while before I’ve got my head around its many other projects and relationships, but I’m eager to get involved and use my skills to make a difference./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN Focus Projects
This week we met with our great community leaders and went through the main focus areas CanCERN is currently working on. The message was clear enough for us – keep doing what you’re doing.
Theres a lot of detail behind each project but in a nutshell, these are the things we have established objectives and outcomes for:
- Let’s Find and Fix (more on this in the newsletter)
- In the Know – a resident-centric communication conduit
- EQC forced cash settlements
- EQC quality assurance – assessments and repairs
- Earthquake Support Services
- Coordinated communications planning
- Integrating community-led recovery in the CERA Psychosocial Plan
As titles, these perhaps don’t mean too much so we hope to be able to unpack what we are doing, what’s happening and the implications for residents in future newsletters.
The confidence we hope you take from these projects is that we are still working hard to improve resident-centric communications, keep the resident experience and reality on the table, ensure people are being dealt with fairly and that the community and leaders are in a good position to lead local recovery.
The priority issues for residents, whether they be flood, mass land movement, retaining walls, wellbeing, multi-unit dwellings, … are all still in our minds and are addressed through our constant conversations with agencies. Obviously we are not yet happy with the level of meaningful engagement at the early stages of planning and communication of these issues but we are working on this. The relationships we have established and developed over the last three and a half years should stand us in good steed.
Thanks once again to our members who continue to support both the organization and the wider community. This couldn’t be done without you./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Earthquake Funded Counselling
Earthquake funded counseling is still available (and will be until June) for anybody who wishes to access it for any matter relating to earthquake. This can be anxiety/depression, hopelessness, Insurance/EQC/CERA related stress, children who are still unsettled, the impact of living with additional family members post-quake, sleeplessness/exhaustion etc.
4-6 sessions are available initially, with more if required.
There are a number of organisations (eg; RA, Petersgate) as well as many individuals practitioners working across most suburbs of the city, who are able to provide this.
If you would like to access this contact Canterbury Support Line on 0800 777 846 and they will give you details./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Nominations for the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Awards are now open and will close on Wednesday 14 May. If you’re aware of a volunteer, or group of volunteers, who’ve made a difference in our community please consider nominating them. Any not-for-profit organisation or project may nominate, you don’t need to be a member of Volunteering Canterbury.
Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Christchurch, Hon. Lianne Dalziel, at a function on the morning of Wednesday 18 June, as part of our Celebrating Volunteering event.
A nomination form can be downloaded from our website www.volcan.org.nz
Christchurch Community House
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Nominations due soon for Community Service Awards
Nominations for this year’s Community Service Awards need to be in by 5pm on Thursday, April 17th.
The awards, run by the Christchurch City Council, recognise individuals and groups who volunteer for the benefit of their community.
Click here for more info and a nomination form.
The annual awards are run at a local level with community boards considering the nominations and awarding those most deserving. The community boards taking part in 2014 are Burwood–Pegasus, Hagley–Ferrymead, Fendalton–Waimairi, Riccarton–Wigram and Spreydon–Heathcote.
“One of the greatest gifts you can give is your own time, and that’s why it’s important to acknowledge the people who do just that in the service of their communities,” says Carolyn Gallagher, the Christchurch City Council’s Community Services Unit Manager.
“There are no restrictions on what these heroes can be nominated for – whether they’ve been coaching a sports team or volunteering at their local church. Now’s the time for the community to let them know just how appreciated they are,” she says./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>