Monday, 19th July, 2021


Wendy Smith CE of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce said “It is wonderful that The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury has recognised the importance of upskilling the employees and volunteers in the Not for Profit sector and that the most significant barrier to accessing training has been the cost.  Many of these organisations rely heavily on donations and the investment in training has just been too hard for them.”

The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury’s grant enables Not for Profit organisations to attend training and professional development events with the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce for a significantly reduced fee of just $50 (+gst) per person per event.

With the generous support of the Community Trust there is the option to undertake a range of training and development options with the Chamber, including Management and Supervisory training, Handling Conflicts and Complaints, Health and Wellbeing, Contractor Management, Health and Safety and the well recognised Leadership Academy. 

There are already registrations and notes of appreciation from a number of people who are now able to upskill and participate in vital professional development.  Places are limited on each course and are being taken up quickly.

This model of support follows initiatives undertaken by the Chamber’s and their local Community Trusts in Otago and Southland. These support programmes are now in their second and third years as they have proved to be so popular and enables so many NFP’s to benefit and enhance their own capabilities and offerings.

Liz Shea, CEO of The Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, said “the Trust’s strategic plan supports Not for Profit groups to maintain purpose and sustainability.  Supporting Not For Profit groups to participate in these training courses benefits our whole community.”  She encouraged all NFP groups to take up this amazing opportunity being provided by the Chamber at a reasonable cost to enable them to be in a good position to continue their service to the community.