Making connections in the community

We continue to be very busy at Youth in Transition, especially with informative events thanks to connections with our local community contacts, all of which help to raise awareness of what we do, and educate our community about ways to cope in challenging situations.

Of course our focus is our young people, and our daily support for them continues to be central to all our activities. It is wonderful to see them grow in confidence and resilience through our Journey Back to Awesome programme, and to watch them grasp opportunities that a short while ago would have been unthinkable. Read about more of these in the next issue of the newsletter. 
Conscious Awareness New Zealand
 Earlier this year, 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.

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
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.

There is a further SafeTALK workshop being held at 7pm on Thursday 29th August at Whangaparaoa Primary School, 39 Ladies Mile, Manly.
To register for a seat contact: 

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.
Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to organise and speak at these events.
They are incredibly valuable to our community and we really appreciate