Selwyn Parenting Network (SPN)has become a first point of call for many parents and caregivers in the Selwyn region (Rural Canterbury) and as such our charitable organisation is doing all it can to operate through our committed team of committee members, our volunteers, and a part time Coordinator.
SPN has continued to make an impact and a valuable difference within the Selwyn community since its inception in 2010. We believe that learning and placing importance on a great start in life should be attainable for ALL children (of all ages), parents and families, and as such the main benefits derived from our organisation are to children, parents & caregivers, and family/whanau. In addition, this benefits many by strengthening the wider community.
SPN provides services which engage and empower others, especially parents and caregivers who may be in need of additional support (to overcome challenges, build self-reliance and resilience) and connect those who may require long term support within the Selwyn Community. We have been able to present opportunities for people to interact, upskill, form relationships and share experiences, all whilst participating in their local Selwyn community.
We are supported through applying for funding from various organisations including the Rata Foundation, Community Advice and Grants (COGS) and Lotteries which allows us to have a part time contract Coordinator working up to 20 hours to manage the day to day operations of our charity, including organising two key flagship events each year: Children’s Day in March (which is a completely free event for children in the Selwyn region) and also our Family Fun Day in October (a $2 per person in addition to SPN representation at other events with valuable activities or parenting messages all aimed at strengthening families, and empowering parents/caregivers.
In addition to this we have a number of projects that we aim to bring to our community which align to the values outlined above, including our Father & Son camp this May; two speaker events, one in Darfield and another in Rolleston, along with empowering educational and fun campaigns aimed at strengthening families such as our Kids Cook Mondays Campaign this coming July.
In order to ensure financial viability around these strategically aligned projects, we look to organise fundraisers which provide mutually beneficial outcomes for all: For you, our supporters - for our aligned fundraising partner(s), and also for our incorporated not-for-profit organisation which holds charitable status.