1. Charities are like fish and chip shops Most charities are local. They serve their local community and run on a shoestring. Others are larger and can serve wider communities. This diversity of provision is a strength of the voluntary sector and reflects the organic and innovative nature of civilContinue Reading

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is the only national organisation in New Zealand that focuses purely on volunteering, volunteer management and is the “voice of volunteering”. We hold the ‘big picture’ and are in a position to liaise, work with, and advise government. This works to ensure that volunteering occurs withinContinue Reading

Williams was taken aback. She assured them that the methodology was sound, but the questions and challenges continued. She reacted defensively and the presentation went downhill from there. The stone wall Williams ran into was “principles first reasoning”, which derives conclusions or facts from general principles or concepts that buildContinue Reading

In October of 1988 the first professional Conference on Male Sexual Victimization was held in Minneapolis. This ground-breaking conference, organized by a few dedicated mental health providers, brought together professionals who wanted to better understand and treat adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. At that time, only limited informationContinue Reading

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive illness, or affective psychosis, is a mental illness characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.[1][2] The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania depending on the severity. During mania an individual feels or actsContinue Reading