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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


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.



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."