Eastbay have used a community led developmental approach to their development of a SKIP contract. This was a collaborative Eastbay REAP staff initiative from across a number of contract areas. With face to face connecting as a platform, conversations were held with 5 communities across the Bay. A multi-stage approach involved surveys, free sausage sizzles in those communities, with an ideas board receiving further ticks and new suggestions. Activities kept the under 5s engaged so the parents could actively participate.

In each location whanau champions were becoming evident, “Life Skills” was highlighted as the focus.

One of the keys for us was dedicated staff from across our contracts working collaboratively outside their own contract areas. Therefore we look forward to our community champions leading this SKIP contract in 2017