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Funding for Netball South confirmed

ILT Foundation president Alan Dennis today confirmed funding of $150,000 for Netball South.

“We all celebrated when the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel won the ANZ Premiership title last year but success like that doesn’t just happen. It starts at the grassroots level of the game where young players first develop their skills and that passion for the sport is ignited – and that’s exactly what this funding is for,” he said.

Netball South community manager Jo Ward said the funding would positively impact all facets of the code.

“Coaches, umpires, players and officials will all benefit as we continue to develop netball through our extensive range of programmes,” she said.

“We’ve recently launched netSCHOOLS in Invercargill which targets schools identified to have lower organised sports participation and we’re really excited by the potential it has.

“Netball is massive in teaching secondary school students’ leadership skills because so many of our school teams are coached by senior students. Those skills will continue to equip them well as they embark on adulthood.”

Funding support from the ILT Foundation was crucial to the organisation as it strives to deliver a vast range of opportunities for the community, Winders said.

“This funding empowers us to also make the most of ILT Stadium Southland which is the envy of the community netball world and gives us such an advantage crafting amazing netball experiences for school kids,” she said.

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New Camera on its way for Film Society

    

ILT Foundation chairman Alan Dennis presents a $40,000 donation to Invercargill Film Society president Di Bonisch at SIT Centrestage earlier this year.

The funds will go towards a new digital cinema projector. Ms Bonisch said the new projector would give the society an opportunity to show more current content with the quality of the sound and image on par with cinema projections.

The Invercargill Film Society screens a variety of movies – foreign films, indie and a few art house titles. All screenings are held at SIT Centrestage.

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On the right track


The Right Track co-ordinator John Finch, of EDUK8 Charitable Trust, introduces a new programme
to address dangerous drivers' behaviour to interested parties at the Invercargill District Court last Monday.

VISITING police cells, being cut out of a smashed car, standing before a judge and hearing from those working on the front line after a car crash will form part of the confronting, eye-opening experience of participants in a new programme to address dangerous driving behaviour.

Initiated by Southland Hospital trauma nurse co-ordinator Rebecca Coats, The Right Track is being launched in the region for the first time.

The programme, which had been delivered in Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Christchurch, was proven to reduce recidivism rates by 80%.

It is aimed at young people aged from 15 to 25 who have committed driving offences, such as speeding, drink driving and driving carelessly or recklessly causing injury.

Programme co-ordinator John Finch, of EDUK8 Charitable Trust, said the programme was designed to teach drivers how to make better choices, not just around their driving but across all areas of their lives.

“We want to target those who have committed an offence once, as they have a higher chance of changing their behaviour than repeat offenders.”

The programme involved nine sessions over five to eight weeks, providing a variety of experiences designed to make the offender understand the effect of their behaviour and help them make better decisions in the future.

Participants would visit police cells, hear from a person with a traumatic brain injury, experience being cut out of a smashed car, face a judge in a mock sentencing, and attend presentations from trauma team about what happens in a crash and what happens after a fatal crash from the perspective of a funeral director/mortician.

The pilot programme was being launched in Southland thanks to funding secured from the ILT Foundation and Community Trust of Southland, along with support from the New Zealand Police, Road Safety Southland, Ministry of Justice, Southern District Health Board, Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency Services and Macdonald and Weston Funeral Home.

Mr Finch said participants would be referred to The Right Track through various means, including the probation service, court, police diversion and family group conferences.

Completing the programme was not voluntary, but rather would be a condition of offenders’ sentencing, he said.

The first programme in Southland will run in September and October.

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South Alive in running for top honour

 

ILT Foundation chairman Alan Dennis (left), Invercargill Deputy Mayor Rebecca Amundsen and Community Trust Southland general manager Jackie Flutey cut the ribbon at the opening of South Alive's new community centre The Pod, behind The Pantry, in South City, recently.

THE South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive) will be in the running for the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards in Queenstown from April 13-15.

Trustpower community relations representative Alice Boyd, who visited Invercargill recently to help promote this year’s awards, said she thought South Alive, the Invercargill-Southland Regional Supreme Winner for 2017, was in with a good chance of making it a double for Southland by following in the footsteps of fellow Invercargill-based community group Koha Kai, which won the National Supreme Award in 2016.

“Invercargill and the wider Southland region has some incredibly passionate and successful community organisations. This year we’re excited to have South Alive representing Invercargill-Southland at the awards and from what I’ve seen, they’re pretty amazing – that clear impact they’ve had on Invercargill is really cool.”

This year the awards mark 25 years of recognising and rewarding volunteer-based community nationwide. To celebrate the occasion, a greater amount of prize money is being offered.

Miss Boyd said the prize money for an award would double to $1000, while regional supreme winners would receive $2000 (up from $1500 last year). Nominations for this year’s awards opened on March 5 and close on May 31.

Miss Boyd said she encouraged people to go online and nominate a deserving organisation in their community.

“Volunteers don’t like shouting about themselves, so if you can give them a nudge in the right direction or a shout out, that would be great.”

South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust chairwoman Robyn Hickman encouraged other volunteer-based groups to enter the community awards.

“As charities or volunteer-based groups we all struggle for funds, so every little bit helps,” she said.

The presentation of the regional awards for Invercargill-Southland will take place in Invercargill in October. The awards are open to all community organisations with a volunteer component.

Anyone can enter a group, and groups can enter themselves.

To nominate an organisation, go to www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

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Support of Local Funders “Invaluable”

The Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT), ILT Foundation and Community Trust of Southland have continued to show their support of Presbyterian Support Southland, all re-committing financial support to the organisation for the next year.

The ILT Foundation will commit $115,000 and the ILT $25,000 to PSS which will support Family Works’ Dedicated Intake Service (DIS), the Parenting Programme and a Social Worker position.

The Community Trust of Southland has also re-committed $120,000 in funding for the next year to assist with our Family Works and SupportLink services.

PSS Marketing and Communications Manager Shelley Erskine said the continued funding made an immeasurable difference in enabling the organisation to support so many Southland families in need.

“Family Works supports families who are facing challenging times, and demand for the services offered within the agency continues to be exceptionally high,” she said.

“The support provided by local funders is not only a credit to the excellent work Family Works is doing in the community, but is invaluable in terms of enabling staff to do the work that they do. The funding is very much a valued contribution and impacts positively on families we work alongside.”

In the 2016-2017 year Family Works worked alongside 1223 families through a range of services, programmes and initiatives.

“The support of local funders means a lot to PSS, we are very grateful and really appreciate not only their financial assistance, but their continued acknowledgement that what we are doing is making a difference in the lives of Southlanders,” Ms Erskine said.

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Cheque presentation 2018 (from left) Alan Dennis Chairman of ILT, Peter Wards Chief Executive Of Presbyterian Support Southland and Judith

Loss and Grief centre are "Good Sorts"

The ILT foundation is pleased to support the work Caroline Loo and her team do at the Loss and Grief Support Southland Centre, in Tay Street, Invercargill.

Check out the video of the centre on TVNZ Good Sorts show earlier this year.

Road Safety Southland MYPLC Driver License Pilot Programme

Angela Newell, ILT Foundation Trustee, presents a grant cheque from ILT Foundation for a new pilot programme to help clients at MYPLC gain their drivers license. This pilot programme has been formulated by Road Safety Southland.


            

Gladstone Scout Group

            

Trustee Paddy O'Brien presents a cheque to Gladstone Scout Group to replace spouting on their hall. Last year ILT Foundation also provided funding to help install heatpumps and new curtains.

ILT Foundation is proud to help this community group stay warm and dry!

ILT Foundation making a difference in our community with Presbyterian Support Services

On a daily basis the Presbyterian Support Service staff see people from all walks of life, trying to cope with life’s challenges, unemployment, poverty, family disputes and mental illness to name a few. Funding provided by ILT Foundation helps them to work alongside parents to make changes in their lives and their children’s.

"ILT Foundation generously supports us with  the Family Works Parenting Programme, Dedicated Intake Service and Social Work Support, and quite honestly we would find it difficult to sustain current service levels without their support, that of the community and our other funders."

Family Works exists and has grown in response to social needs in the community - it belongs to the community.  ILT Foundation have an important role to play in working along side groups in our community and it is important that funding from the ILT Foundation goes directly to assisting families such as this client who said, “working with Family Works…has given me strength and courage to step up as a parent”.

 

St John and the ILT Foundation: Our AEDs Help Save Lives

St John and The ILT Foundation are continuing to work together for the Invercargill
community through the life-saving provision of community automated external
defibrillators (AEDs).

St John has recently received $28,200 from the Foundation to replace pads and
batteries for the 76 AEDs which were paid for by the ILT Foundation and installed in
the community.  Training in use of the AEDs is included in this.

It is important for St John and the ILT Foundation to be updating the equipment.  The number of AEDs in the Invercargill community is one of the reasons for the city recently being named a Heart Safe community.

Dr Watts who is Clinical Director at Southland Hospital Emergency Department,
has found many instances where use of one of the AEDs has been
lifesaving, and they have also been used in situations where the patients saved were
young and have returned to full, active and productive lives.

Dr Watts says, "Clearly not only these survivors but their families and the local
community as a whole have benefited from this. The cost of the initial placement and
training and the subsequent battery replacement and servicing is in our opinion
money very well spent."