Plunket is consulting on the needs of young Karori families

Community consultation (7 – 25 June) begins today to help Plunket better understand the needs of Karori families with children under five years old.

Radha Balakrishnan, Plunket’s Chief of Strategy and Performance, says the consultation is an opportunity to hear from hundreds of young families in Karori - so Plunket can be sure it is delivering the services they need most. The future of Plunket’s Karori Crèche will be part of the conversations and consultation.

“In March this year we made the difficult decision to close the Karori Plunket crèche. We heard a variety of views, ideas and questions from Karori families. Some people understood why we had made this difficult decision, and others strongly felt the crèche should stay.

“To make good decisions about Plunket’s future community services, including the crèche – and with more than 700 Karori families currently enrolled with us – it’s important we get the full picture of the needs of Karori children and families.

“We are committed to making fair and informed decisions that involve everyone that cares about families. We appreciate we should have engaged differently about the Plunket crèche.

“Local relationships are vital to Plunket. We hope this consultation process shows our commitment to better working with the community and listening so that together we get the best outcomes for the diverse Karori community, and for Plunket.”

The consultation is being facilitated by an independent contractor with extensive experience in community engagement to ensure a fair and balanced process. It is being overseen by a community Advisory Group made up of Plunket volunteers and staff as well as Plunket service users, a member of the crèche committee, a representative from the Karori Association residents’ group and the Karori Community Centre.

Consultation runs from 7 – 25 June and Plunket expects to share consultation outcomes and decisions with the Karori community in early August. There will be one-one-one interviews and a number of ways families and others in the community can take part, including an online survey and workshop sessions (see details below). Information is also available on Plunket’s website, and the Karori Plunket Facebook page will be available for people to ask questions and keep updated on progress.

Plunket will receive a report at the end of the consultation identifying the needs of young families in Karori, including how and where they think Plunket could help meet those needs.

“Guided by our strategy, The Journey Towards Generational Change, Plunket will be able to use what we have learned from the community to make decision about the future of our services, including the crèche,” Ms Balakrishnan says.

 

How to participate in the Karori Under 5s Plunket consultation, 7 - 25 June 2018

Anyone in Karori who cares about the wellbeing of families with young children is invited to take part in the consultation:

Online survey 

(Open from 11-25 June)

Open to anyone in the Karori Community

To complete the survey click here.

Workshop sessions for:

Karori families with under five year olds

All other community members who care about the wellbeing of Karori young families

  

Thursday 14 June

10.30-11.30am | Karori Community Centre - 7 Beauchamp Street (Room 3). RSVP here

7.30-8.30pm | Karori Community Centre - 7 Beauchamp Street (Youth room). RSVP here 

Monday 18 June 

7.30-8.30pm | Karori Community Centre - 7 Beauchamp Street (Youth room). RSVP here

Tuesday 19 June 

1.00-2.00pm | Karori Community Centre - 7 Beauchamp Street (Youth room). RSVP here

7.30-8.30pm | Karori West School (staff room) - 19 Allington Road. RSVP here

Saturday 23 June 

3.00-4.00pm | Karori Community Centre - 7 Beauchamp Street (Youth room). RSVP here

 

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