Thanks to those Justices who attended recent Hub Training meetings and completed the survey forms, a clear picture has emerged of the success of the sessions held at strategic venues across Greater Auckland.
Reporting a summary of the surveys, Coordinator, Dawn Jones, told the recent Council meeting that more than 450 Justices attended, about 11 per cent of whom had not been to training within the previous 12 months. “This was pleasing”, Dawn says, “because the hub meetings were designed to draw in those who were looking to refresh and update their knowledge and skills”.
By far the majority of those attending (87 per cent) rated the venues as “very suitable” and many appreciated the ease of parking at no cost: one of the difficulties previously encountered when training was held at the Auckland District Court building in the city.
Difficulties with the sound system at some venues have been overcome: the Association has purchased portable state-of-the-art equipment which will travel to future Hub meetings.As a result of learning and renewed confidence some Members attending the Hub meetings were encouraged to undertake accreditation. This, plus specific sessions held by Association trainers, has increased the number of Auckland Justices accredited to around 30 per cent, thus already meeting the target set at the beginning of the year.The second round of Hub Meetings will be held later in October and November: dates and venues will be advised quite soon.