Southland Community Services Expo

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Habitat for Humanity Invercargill general manager Paul Searancke at the Southland Community Services Expo at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on Saturday. Photos: Janette Gellatly

THE Southland Community Services Expo was held at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Saturday.

More than 50 support and service agencies and organisations had stalls and providers on-hand to explain their services at the expo.

Southland Respect Network Karen Ave holds some stars she has woven as part of the Star Weave project. More than 2.4million stars have been woven globally to promote ending violence in communities. The stars were sent to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games earlier this year as part of the One Million Stars Art Installation. Ms Ave said 10,000 stars had been sent from Southland from places and events including the Windsor Girl Guides, Women’s Expo 2016, “Joozh up your Relationship” 2016, White Ribbon Event 2016, Age Concern, Soroptimist Clubs in Invercargill and Gore, Number 10 Youth One Stop Shop, Waihopai City Lions Club, Gore Women’s Refuge, Santa Parade December 2016, Inner Wheel and Rotary clubs, Trefoil Guild, Southland HELP, Oranga Tamariki, Pink Shirt (anti-bullying) Day, YMCA Training Centre, Southland Multicultural Council, and Southland Respect Network.

Hosted by the Southland Community Law Centre (SCLC), in conjunction with Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust and Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the expo was held to help inform people what was in the community for them, SCLC manager Denise Lormans said.

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