Sixty local management groups (LMGs) oversee Strengthening Families throughout New Zealand. They also play a wider role in getting government and community organisations working together to build stronger communities and make it easier for families to get the services and supports they need.
Membership and the way LMGs run is decided locally. This reflects the size and resources of each community.
People who attend typically include:
- managers from all the government and community agencies providing or funding services for local families/ whānau
- local government staff
- iwi, runanga or other Māori organisations representatives
- people involved in other community groups.
LMGs oversee Strengthening Families in their area. Each group:
- encourages and promotes the use of Strengthening Families within their own agencies
- monitors and assesses interagency co-operation within Strengthening Families
- sets the work priorities for the Strengthening Families co-ordinator and makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their role
- is responsible for Strengthening Families reporting
- uses the information collected from the reporting to develop ongoing strategies and services.
If any gaps or overlaps in services are identified, the LMG may lead an initiative to fill them.
Opportunities to get involved
Each Local management group is run in a way that suits the organisations involved locally. Often there is an opportunity for networking or information sharing so attending meetings is a valuable way for staying in touch.