What People Say About Us/Ngā kōrero a tangata e pā ana ki a mātou

From time to time, our members say nice things about us! We share some of their comments below:


With over 270 members, it’s vital Volunteering Canterbury stays up-to-date with issues and events happening in Canterbury; receiving regular emails and the SEWN Newsletter allows us to keep our finger on the pulse. Thank you Sharon and the team!’

‘Very grateful to receive a Letter of Support from SEWN for our recent funding application; will go a long way to help secure future volunteers in our communities’. Richard Brewster, Manager, Volunteering Canterbury  


We want to thank you and the team at SEWN for the time and effort you spend sending out emails about activities, events, public talks and forums. They have really helped us to connect with the community to record talks and events and in spreading these messages more broadly in the community through our broadcasts and podcasts. The notices have also helped me to engage with new programme makers as well. It’s a very valuable service that you provide for us….many thanks.  ̴ Laura Gartner, Community Development Co-ordinator Plains FM

Thank you so much for providing me with the statistics (housing).  I have in the past looked in various places and have not found this information.http://cliparts.co/cliparts/gce/oyr/gceoyr7qi.jpg  This is an amazing example of how SEWN supports the community sector.  You have saved our organisation at least $200 in time searching out this information.  Not to mention the time  taken away from other direct service provision tasks.  Also you have helped provide information for me to support ongoing funding applications. Ali Brunel, Project Support, Tenants Protection Association (TPA)  


So thank you all at SEWN for helping us get known. We now have two confirmed sets of bookings.  Both say the good parking is a big attraction.  ∼ Migs Eder, Quaker Centre


Feedback and comments from our 2017 Evaluation Survey:


“[general provision of info] is dependable, regular and comprehensively suited to community sector interests”

“Invaluable information”

“Up to date information from which we can choose relevancy. Great resource and time saver”

“Sharon is awesome”

“Using opportunities mentioned in your newsletter via other NFPs and various social justice commentaries have been very useful in stimulating our work”

“Better understanding of the sector, improving my work via a Supervisor”

“Has allowed me to communicate information to a wider part of the community”

“Keeps the community of NGOs connected”

“Made it easier to get info out to people and get appropriate organisations on-board in collaborations”

“Promotion, publicity, networking, facilitating connectedness”


We received this feedback recently from the Victoria Council of Social Services (VCOSS) in Australia about their report we shared on building resilience (see our Community Resilience page):http://cliparts.co/cliparts/gce/oyr/gceoyr7qi.jpg

“You must have really good networks – the Building Resilient Communities Report has been accessed 141 times in NZ!!!!!  Thanks!”  Bridget Tehan,  Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)