It’s time to Get Moving – in more ways than one!

Autumnal ActivityWhat an Autumn it’s been for Youth In Transition! Here’s a round up of exciting events and people-transforming activities that have been taking place over the past few months. We continue to be overwhelmed by people wanting to help in various ways, and we are extremely grateful for YOUR ongoing generosity and support. Events like the many listed below have a big impact on our young people and community, but it is also important to recognise the small, sometimes seemingly inconsequential actions that can make a difference. You can read about the some of these below too.
Time to move it, move it!
 The Get Moving Festival team has once again chosen Youth In Transition as their charitable partner for their 2020 running series and entries are now open. A donation from every entry will come to the charity, plus supporters of Youth In Transition can get a generous 20% discount on entries, so if you want to get moving early in 2020, email Sian at to get the special discount code to use at checkout.
Then you can enter here:

We will be holding a bake sale again at each event, and would love your help with baking some goodies and/or helping us sell on event days.   If you can help, please email us at:
Studio 38 Empowered Connections with Cath Vincent

Empowered Connections For Action was an incredible evening! Cath Vincent and her energetic team at Studio 38 in Auckland generously hosted an evening of fellow business owners and leaders from the community, bringing them all together specifically to support Youth in Transition. With a range of different speakers there was a tremendous focus on giving,community care and responsibility shared during the evening.    In addition to some generous fund raising, we made a number of new and meaningful connections offering support in the form of expertise, skills, and mentoring for our young people. Thank you to Cath and her generous team, we are extremely grateful to you for taking the initiative to run this event. ‘Empowered connections’ means we can help even more young people.
SafeTALK – Keeping Communities Safe from SuicideIn May, Youth in Transition partnered with Shared Vision to host a SafeTALK event. Presented by Caroline Wilson from A-OK, SafeTALK is an one of a series of workshops developed by LivingWorks, internationally recognised for its work around suicide education and prevention.  This seminar helped attendees from our community become suicide alert and provided practical and simple skills which could be used to help keep others safe from suicide. Keep an eye open for SafeTALK workshops in your community as they are well worth attending as together we help build a suicide-safer community.
Thank you Millwater Ladies GroupThe Millwater Ladies’ Group generously provides Youth in Transition with essentials such as tissues, tea bags, biscuits and toilet paper every month. Just recently, our co-founder and director Tina Jones talked to the group about what we have been doing in the Trust, sharing with them info about the new premises and the vision of where we are and we are heading. In response, the group blew us away with additional donations, including items to sell in our new op shop. These acts of kindness make a huge difference to the lives of everyone who is connected with the trust. Thank you for your continued support which is deeply appreciated!
Conscious Awareness New Zealand
 In April, the Centre for Conscious Awareness New Zealand hosted a seminar with three guest speakers. Youth in Transition was connected to the event by Sanjay Kumarasingham , one of the Trust’s Board members. Tina Jones, co-founder of Youth in Transition, offered her insights on the Trust’s holistic program Journey Back to Awesome, which focusses on physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Gareth Edwards, psychologist, musician and founder of Positive Thinking spoke about his work through music, storytelling and living life with laughter. Prof Anil Thapliyal is a globally recognised executive director of e-mental Health International Collaborative and current eMental Health Lead at the Centre for eHealth, AUT, and he spoke about how digital technology solutions have helped people in crisis. It was wonderful to have the event opened by prayers from Richie Waiwai, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Hinekura, followed by Hon. Michael Wood MP confirming his support to CCANZ to continue the good work in communities.
Sanjay suggests that when considering the most important thing in the world, the answer can be found in the Maori proverb:
He Tangata, He Tangata, He TangataIt is people, it is people, it is people.
Thank you Sanjay for connecting us to so many incredible people.

We are excited to announce our new Op Shop, opening in Manly Village on Saturday 6th July!
If you have any good quality, washed clothing, shoes or accessories, we’d love to take them off your hands. Please drop off at the shop during opening hours.  
At this stage, we anticipate the shop being open the first Saturday or every month from 10am – 4pm.  If we get more volunteers, we can open the shop more regularly, so please contact Caitlin Watson on 021 236 0936 if you can help in this area. 
Youth in Transition boosted by RotaryWe enjoyed a fun quiz night in May, organised jointly by Rotary Orewa and Rotary Satellite Orewa-Millwater, which raised an amazing $2,200 for Youth in Transition.
Presidents of both Clubs, Sharon Maxwell and Tracey Johnson respectively, made the presentation to Tina Jones. Financial donations like this are critical to Youth in Transition, as we rely entirely on voluntary support as we receive nothing from Government, despite increased budget spending on mental health.Photo (L – R): Sharon Maxwell, President Rotary Club of Orewa; Tracey Johnson, President Rotary Satellite Club of Orewa-Millwater; Tina Jones, Director of Youth in Transition.
Pressing the Right Buttons – Allison Mooney
Allison Mooney, award-winning speaker and author presented her key note address on Pressing the Right Buttons to a number of the young people and adults at one of our Wednesday night groups.  We learnt that we are all one of four different personality types, genetically determined, each with its own strengths and identity. Using humour and life stories Allison taught us how to recognise the type within ourselves and others, and gave us the skills to communicate and understand each other with a deeper wisdom.  We are particularly grateful to Allie giving us her time and experience
Go to Girl Essential Wellness with Natalie Cutler Walsh

During one of our Wednesday night support groups we were fortunate to have Natalie and Louise from Go To Girl Essential Wellness speak to us around the healing benefits of their essential oils range. We were educated how essential oils can help us throughout our life whether to help energise, calm, and everything in between! Everyone attending received a customised oil blend at the end of the night to take home with them. It was such a fun, informative evening, and we hope to see the ladies again soon! We would like to thank Natalie and Louise for donating their time and materials to us.
Moments of hope provide a break through
Most of us get frustrated when something unplanned happens – the washing machine breaks down, we miss the bus, or someone keeps changing plans – and we are able to overcome the frustration and disappointment relatively quickly and apply ourselves to finding a solution. Many of our young people at Youth in Transition, however, experience life differently and do not have the same levels of resilience. An event like this can throw them into a highly anxious state. But with the support of the Youth in Transition team and the wider community, they can experience moments of hope – moments which are of huge significance to them. Take the case of Jenny, who relies on her car not just to get around, but as a place of security and safety and the place she keeps her everything she owns. When it broke down, she called the team in tears. She didn’t know what to do and felt pushed to her limit. The AA was called to help, and they provided far more than a car assessment and a tow to the garage. The serviceman’s reading of the situation, compassion and kindness helped Jenny see the good in people, helped her to see their was a solution and there were people that cared about her. These moments of hope have a huge positive impact on our young people. It’s a reminder to all of us that situations are not often as they first appear – the serviceman had no idea about Jenny’s background and fragility – but we have the opportunity to unknowingly help someone with a kind word, deed or just a simple smile. In his case, he saved someone’s life that day.