COSSD Organisational Review
We’d like to ask your opinion.
If you or your organisation has an existing relationship with Council of Social Services (Dunedin), we may have already emailed you a link to take one of our organisational review surveys. These emails were sent from our survey provider, Survey Monkey, and may have incorrectly been identified as spam. Please check your spam folder and use the unique link we sent you if available. Alternatively, please use the survey links further down this page.
Council of Social Services (Dunedin) is undertaking an organisational review to look at who we are and what support we should provide for the community sector and our members. We’ve had some great moments in our 32 years, but now it’s time to look to the future. It is important that we talk with community organisations and stakeholders to determine how we can best support the community sector to meet future challenges, while taking advantage of opportunities that arise for the benefit and wellbeing of our community.
The COSSD 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.
COSSD’s constitutional objectives are:
- To collect and disseminate information which will keep member organisations, other community groups and individuals well informed
- To provide access and distribute regularly information about members and other groups pertaining to social services through publications such as newsletters, Directory, and other resource booklets
- To facilitate and encourage discussion of community matters and social development
- To make such representations and assist others to do the same to Government, Local Bodies and other appropriate organisations as required on social and community concerns
- To have a liaison role with other councils of social services
The first step in our organisational review involved considering the political, economic, social, technological, legislative, and environmental (PESTLE) drivers that may affect Dunedin over the next 30 years.
The PESTLE analysis suggests Dunedin may encounter both challenges and opportunities in the future. These include:
- Changes to the government priorities, and the way government engages with community organisations for the delivery of services they purchase
- Changes to the demography globally, nationally and locally
- Aging population
- Growth in migrant populations
- Decrease in younger population
- Less income from taxation to cover spending on essential services, infrastructure and investment
- Less money available to funders for distribution to community
- Changes to technology, including how we access and use information, and the use of technology in delivery of health, aged care, disability, education and other areas
- Environmental threats with raising sea levels, natural disasters and the compliance costs of meeting new requirements under the building code
We would now like to know what you think of COSSD’s role in our community. We would appreciate it if you would take half an hour to put some thought to our survey questions, so that we can consider what services will best support Dunedin’s community sector in the future. If you’re interested in being a part of further in-depth discussions about these issues, please contact us at COSSD to schedule an appointment with Sue Russell.
The COSSD Team