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Social agencies sharing a connection

Connexions is the name for a mini hub of social service providers based in new shared facilities in Palmerston Road.

The newly-named Stroke Tairawhiti, Brain Injury Gisborne, Tairawhiti Community Voice and NevaAlone medic alarms share the premises with Troy Wheeler Contracting and invited mayor Rehette Stoltz to officially open Connexions.

Stroke Tairawhiti administration manager Judy Livingston said her agency had outgrown its previous premises and “put the idea together” with its new partners.

The hub provided a collaborative working and co-operation base for the agencies.

There were huge benefits for all parties with shared knowledge and resources, reduced overheads and operational costs, peer-to-peer support, sharing of networks and better exposure to the public.

There was “real synergy” between the social providers and a shared economic benefit.

The agencies leased the premises backed by financial support from Troy Wheeler Contracting.

The building had been extensively renovated with significant business support in terms of goods and services.

Stroke Tairawhiti co-ordinator Caroline Callow said the new premises gave the various agencies a welcoming high profile to passing traffic.

“We’ve had several walk-ins since we opened.”

She said the new premises matched the development of Stroke Tairawhiti which had moved from a stroke support and social-type organisation into more of a stroke rehabilitation role.

Troy Wheeler Contracting project manager Arron Lazarus said most employees of the civic and roading contractor were based on the East Coast, but he liked his new office “in the heart of Gisborne”.

OPENING CONNEXIONS: Celebrating the opening of their new mini-hub consisting primarily of social agencies are (from left) Caroline Callow and Maureen Hyland of Stroke Tairawhiti, Arron Lazarus of Troy Wheeler Contracting, Jenny Grzeda of Brain Injury Gisborne, Liz Graham of Tairawhiti Community Voice, Judy Livingston of Stroke Tairawhiti, Mayor Rehette Stoltz, who opened the new premises, and Kathleen Dawson of NevaAlone. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell