Who we are
Council of Social Services (Dunedin) was established in 1979, and has evolved continuously since then. Based in Dunedin Community House, COSSD has an ongoing relationship with 137 member organisations and over 500 local community groups.
What we do
Our purpose is to promote social equity, justice, and well-being through advocacy, empowering groups, and facilitating collaboration in the social services sector.
- Undertaking research on social issues.
- Making submissions on and engaging with local and central government regarding social policies and community outcomes.
- Coordinating sector learning, service provision, and networking opportunities.
- Updating members on sector news and activities via our Newslink newsletter, targeted email broadcasts, our website, and our radio show Informed.
- Producing the Dunedin Directory of community organisations.
- Hosting forums on sector and community topics.
- Providing advice to, and linking, not-for-profit organisations.
- Providing administrative and secretarial services for not-for-profit organisations.
- Overseeing the day-to-day running of Dunedin Community House.
- Providing free accounting advice in association with the University of Otago, via Dunedin Community Accounting.
- With other organisations nationwide through our affiliation to the New Zealand Council of Social Services.
- With other community stakeholders around community and economic development to foster resilient communities.
The Council of Social Services (Dunedin) vision is to foster an inclusive, informed, and enabled Dunedin community by being a visionary leader in building cohesive and robust Dunedin communities through co-operation, communication, and connectedness.
Council of Social Services (Dunedin) is a registered charity, number CC35292.