Championing Positive Change

Mission: Championing positive change through effective community development that builds strong community agencies, networks and community wellbeing
  • ANCAD is a respected and trusted partner of central government, local government, local businesses and community sector organisations. It runs the largest community database and network in north Auckland.
  • ANCAD has served the community for over 40 years.
  • ANCAD has a strong focus on safer whanau/family environments and better lives for children. It coordinates the North Shore Family Violence Prevention Network, Chairs the Auckland Regional Methamphetamine Working Group and runs the North Shore Child Focus Group.
  • ANCAD partners with Te Puna Hauora on the Safer Whanau Project and recently with Barnardos on the Stand By Me/bullying prevention initiative.
  • ANCAD is facilitating a collective impact approach to reducing family violence on the North Shore, which will involve hosting more family related activity in the Mary Thomas Centre. This will meet a gap in the provision of services to children, young people and their families in the area.

A reflection on our work from CEO Yvonne Powley:

Our core capability building work continues equipping community organisations with the skills, knowledge, resources and connections to make lasting change in the communities we live. Ruth Greenaway continues to admirably lead the growth of our Five Good Ideas programme with the popular ‘tried and true’ workshops as well as new workshop options to attend. We work with managers and employees of nonprofit, government agency staff and the community to make the work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective. We thank our fantastic pool of facilitators who come and impart so much wisdom and experience.

A new addition to our capability building work is the Auckland Community Accounting project a free service offering financial support, advice and assistance to NFP’s across the Auckland Region. We are delighted to grow some new partnerships with this project including the School of Accountancy at Massey University, 
Charities Services, Foundation North, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Auckland Council, the Department of Internal Affairs and RSM. This is an exciting journey we are taking together with this new programme. It has been great to have Geoff Andrews join ANCAD who will lead and grow this project going forward.

Susan Moyle has expanded her backroom financial support to six organisations apart from ANCAD and we continue to receive excellent feedback about her work. She is a very safe pair of hands. We wish we could clone Susan to assist more in this way.

Community-led Development (CLD) is the process of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. It puts local voices in the lead, build on local strengths (rather than focus on problems), collaborates across sectors, is intentional and adaptable, and works to achieve systemic change. Shore to Thrive is a working exmaple of this.

Our ongoing family violence prevention work continues to build strength by strength with the very able Deb Humphries at the lead. One of the biggest challenges facing ANCAD is impacting systems and policies to improve the well-being of citizens particularly with entrenched social issues such as family violence and child abuse.

ANCAD along with over 20 organisations on the Shore explored the collective impact process that we knew would provide a useful framework for community change focusing on systems and policy change. We hope that this will gain more traction over the next few years as we are convinced this is a necessary approach to solving many of these entrenched issues. Collaborations, partnerships and working together is a must.

Prachi Mittal has set a solid base for the growth of the Takapuna Community Hub Kotahitanga. A big thanks to Prachi for her determination to make this a success despite considerable challenges. The Hub has been a truly community-led development process strongly supported by North Shore agencies working at the coal face with families and children.

One of the highlights this past year has been assisting with the management and financial accounting of the North Shore Budget Service. The ANCAD team has grown to include, Abid, Sue and Lane the staff of NSBS and with the development of a new Board to lead the ongoing governance we believe it will fly. NSBS are their own organisation but with the benefit of a close collaboration with ANCAD, we are delighted to see this organisation going from strength to strength.

Yvonne Powley
Chief Executive Officer