Before lockdown, we had plans to add a new counselling room, and with the huge increase in referrals this became top priority once contractors were allowed back into the building. We are thrilled with the result and we are indebted to everyone who contributed time and materials to make this happen: in particular we’d like to say a huge Thank You to Marty and Richard at Platinum Pacific Homes, plus Liam at Intrepid Electrical, Hillside Timber Supplies, Sam and Rachel of Perfection Is Possible Painting and Resene Paints. The room has been built and finished to such a high standard, and we’re excited that it is already in use, enabling us to see more clients on a daily basis, and making a real difference to the friendly and homely vibe of the office.
|Thank you to the Lindsay Foundation|
We’d like to say a huge Thank You to the Lindsay Foundation for their financial support. The Lindsay Foundation’s mission is to support Kiwi individuals and organisations who aspire to make a positive difference in New Zealand, and we were very fortunate to have recently been awarded one of their grants, which will help us to help more young people in our area.
Merv on the Move!
One of our fabulous Trustees, Merv Huxford, recently turned a personal challenge into a fundraising opportunity for Youth In Transition. For a long time he had a goal to cycle from his farm, east of Kaiwaka, to Orewa. The busy SH1 meant this 80km trip was a dangerous prospect for a cyclist – until Level 4 lockdown came in. He grasped the opportunity and in the process raised over $14,000 for the Trust. Thank you so much Merv! We hope you’ve recovered!
|Mentoring Programme Launched|
Youth In Transition has teamed up with Coast Youth Community (CYC) Trust to launch and run a Hibiscus Coast Mentoring Programme for young people. In the first year the pilot project, which is funded wholly though donations and the programme’s own fundraising efforts, will focus on 20 young people in our community. We are excited to have such an able, energetic and compassionate team in place to get this initiative off the ground.
The Hope Shop is currently running a RAFFLE to help raise funds for the Mentoring Programme. To buy tickets, please pop in to the Shop or the Youth In Transition offices, both in Manly. Tickets are on sale until 31st July, with the draw taking place on Saturday 1st August.
|New referrals on the rise|
Since lockdown ended, we have had well over 50 new referrals for our services, and the number continues to climb as the longer term impact of the situation comes into play. We are unfortunately having to turn these young people away as we simply don’t have the capacity. It is a situation we find very hard to deal with as individuals and as a Trust, as we know we have an approach and way of working which would positively impact on those young peoples’ lives. We know what needs to be done, we have the programme in place, we simply need more counsellors to help us meet the need. And we need money to pay for this. If you have any ideas or contacts or access to grants that could help Youth In Transition, please get in touch. We are open to all ideas. Thank you.
|As a small organisation, we can say with confidence that every dollar donated has a direct impact on the young people we serve. Thank you again for your generosity and kindness in supporting us – it means the world to us and the young people we work with.|