Annual Report – 2015
Marlborough Migrant Centre 2015 Chairperson's Annual Report
The past year has proved a challenging and exciting time for the Marlborough Migrant Centre. Census 2013 showed increased migrant numbers in Marlborough and our organisation has continued to provide a much needed service for newcomers. Read more…
Highlights of the year include
- Strengthening key relationships: MMC continues to work closely with Marlborough's social services agencies to advocate for migrants and effectively support them as required. Strong relationships exist with Citizens Advice, DHB, council, social service agencies and legal entities
- MMC continues to provide a centralised database of interpreters and translation services for the region, supporting other agencies to better meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population
- MMC continues to liaise with key industries and major employers in the Marlborough community in its role as an advocate for migrants.
- MMC continues to deliver IAC awareness training and have an agreement to deliver this to CAB staff and volunteers.
- The Multicultural Festival is now an iconic Marlborough event which is well supported by the wider community and had an estimated attendance of over 4,000 people in 2014.There was media interest in this event and a subsequent social gathering for migrants which will feature on NZ TV later this year.
- MMC was acknowledged by the Human Rights Commission for the annual Mistletoe Bay day event. This initiative was seen as a great example and also received national award for service for NZ Zonta Clubs and remains a highlight for our families.
- Collaborative programmes developed between MMC and other agencies to provide support for our migrant community include REAP, English Language Partners, Literacy Marlborough, Early childhood centres and Pacifica. Such collaborative initiatives are a priority for future Government funding so these experiences will be very valuable going forward.
- MMC representatives attended the 10th Annual Human Rights commission Celebrating Diversity conference in Christchurch, and also the consultation meeting with Ethnic Affairs in Nelson.
- A comprehensive review and restructure of staff early in 2013 has resulted in greater efficiencies. MMC now has two new staff with contracts for services for financial support and support targeting our newcomers' network. This has been a very positive move.
- The MMC is undertaking a review of its constitution to define and strengthen its governance functions ensuring ongoing efficiency.
The strength and effectiveness of our organisation relies upon the skill and commitment of our staff. Our manager Margaret Western is highly dedicated and tireless in her role. Her contribution to our migrant and wider Marlborough community is widely respected, valued and recognized. I want to specifically acknowledge and thank her for her outstanding contribution.
The committee, who support Margaret in her role, are also to be acknowledged. In particular our treasurer who has ensured the organisation has robust financial plans in place supporting sustainability. Marlborough Migrants Centre acknowledges and greatly appreciates the support we receive from the Marlbough District Council and mayor, NZ Police and other key agencies in Marlborough, as well as our funders. The work we do would not be possible without their confidence and support.
Marlborough Migrants Centre