Bellbird Connect

Here at Bellbird we recognise relationships as the currency of life!

We are excited to bring to you our platform which promotes community and connection, Bellbird Connect. Bringing the heart back to the workforce, Bellbird Connect is designed to create a community network that holds space for people to share, learn and play. Sharing knowledge, and inspiring through connection, Bellbird Connect is full of ideas and resources found within pages and within each other.

This is a space for connection, networking and sharing of ideas.

Our Book Club is a space for anyone who resonates with the kaupapa. Come and take what you need and leave what you don't.

If listening to podcasts is also your thing, check out our Social Work Squawk for monthly insights and inspirations. If you'd like to keep up with news; articles; updates; and information to inspire for delivery of social services then please read our Bellbird Blog.

We also have our new Human Library app. Just as we draw knowledge from books, so too we learn from each other. This app seeks to connect people to share knowledge and information, through a mentoring approach and brings together people to create connection and inspire new learnings.

We are also offering our monthly Seed Sessions, a lunchtime learning opportunity where you feed your body while feeding your mind. Check out our events page to see our schedule:

Bellbird Book Club

Every month we discuss and explore a recommended book, designed to inspire and motivate you in the work that you do.

Select the link below to visit our Book Club page, and see what we've been reading. 

If you'd like to purchase any of these books we recommend McLeod's Bookstore in Rotorua, or any locally owned store near you (please support local!). 

Next Event:

Monday 12 February 2024

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Boasters Coffee Shop,

1180 Haupapa Street, Rotorua

Seed Sessions

Our monthly Seed Sessions are a space to eat you lunch and engage in kōrero that will share ideas and provide inspiration in how we practice. Nourish your minds while feeding your body, and plant the seeds of learning to grow as we connect and deepen our understandings.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Why We Social Work             19th March 2024, 12.30 to 1.30pm

  • Am I Empathetic?                     23rd April 2024, 1pm to 2pm

  • Untold Stories                            22nd May 2024, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

  • Bring Play Into Practice        20th June 2024, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Bellbird's Podcast

Social Work Squawk is a podcast that explores various social work topics and much more.

Each monthly episode features a guest who shares their insights and experiences, to give ideas and inspiration in how we do our work.

Whether you are a social worker, a student, or just curious about 'working socially', you will find something valuable and interesting in Social Work Squawk.

Read our blog

If you'd like to keep up with news; articles; updates; and information to inspire for delivery of social services then please read our Bellbird Blog.

The Three-Legged Stool

The practitioners ‘three-legged stool’ is a metaphor that refers to the three sources of knowledge that practitioners can rely on: practice, research/theory, and personal life. This meaning wasRead more

Dare to Lead book review

DARE TO LEAD Brené Brown By Human Library Creator- Michaella Voss Our book for October symbolises the start of a new journey within our Bellbird Book Club as we begin to delve into the subject ofRead more

Using SCARF in social work practice

How David Rock's SCARF Model Can Enhance Social Work Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand Social work is a profession that aims to promote social change and empowerment for individuals, groups andRead more

Being playful

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the paRead more

Collective Care in Social Service Organisations in New Zealand

Wellbeing is a fundamental human need that goes beyond superficial perks. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as social connections and a sense of purpose. This is especialRead more

The Body Keeps The Score

It was a bit of a ‘fluke’ how well this month’s recommended read has fit with the last Bellbird Book Club book, What Happened to You. The Body Keeps the Score serves as a ‘prequel’ to ourRead more

What Happened To You - book review

By Human Library Creator- Michaella Voss The month that’s been has bought with it more dreaded rain for our region and what feels like the start of a cold winter ahead. Although, not good for ourRead more

Introducing Bellbird's first Book Club

Welcome to our Inaugural Bellbird Book Club event!!! Some light reading to get you started below. The Bellbird Book Club as part of our 'Human Library' will be facilitated quarterly. We are veryRead more

This product has been added to your cart