In early 2013, SILC Ltd identified a need for expert IT specialist knowledge combined with a working knowledge of the health and disability sector to help SILC develop plans to ensure its systems are sustainable, efficient and effective into the future. The SILC Charitable Trust who governs SILC Ltd and SwitchedOn tasked its business team to identify ways we can achieve this, on a cost neutral budget!
As they say timing is everything, after a few enquiries the Department of Internal Affairs Community Internship Programme was a way of making it happen. The purpose of the programme is to assist community groups with identified development needs to employ skilled professionals from the public, iwi, private or community sectors as interns for 3 to 6 months. The programme is designed to achieve specific capacity-building outcomes for the community organisation and relationship building outcomes between the public, private, iwi and community sectors. It focuses on skill-sharing and the exchange of knowledge between sectors, while building ongoing relationships which continue after an internship ends.
SILC approached a few organisations, but felt the commonalities with Spectrum Care and the fact they knew the health and disability sector intimately, plus had an IT specialist was exactly what they needed. So a few meetings, emails and telephone calls later, in went SILC’s application to the Department of Internal Affairs Community Internship Programme.
We are so delighted to have our application approved and in particular would like to thank Spectrum Care for their willingness to engage in this project with us, says SILC’s CEO Terese Germon.
There’s no point in reinventing the wheel, says Terese, Spectrum Care have been on a similar journey to what SILC is on and are keen to share what they learnt.
This programme is a great way for businesses to work together and share knowledge, skills and resources in a positive collaborative way.