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The Collaborative Trust Update: December 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, young people, Community Groups, Training, gender

The Team at the Collaborative Trust would like to thank you all for your support over 2018 and your ongoing commitment to young people in Aotearoa. A highlight of 2018 for us definitely had to be “Involve 2018” which allowed us to reconnect with old friends, make new friends and renew our energy and our commitment to our vision of healthy well-developed young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We are looking forward to the many great opportunities 2019 will provide us with to continue this mahi. In the meantime, we are also very much looking forward to the summer break and having time to spend with friends and family. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful and safe summer break and a wonderful festive season.

Save the Date!: Festival of Youth Development

It’s with great excitement that we announce the Festival of Youth Development happening from 16th to 18th September 2019 in Christchurch.

This three-day series of events will focus on how, as a wider sector and community we can continue to do things together, but better. This action focused festival is a chance for us as a wider community to showcase examples of connection and collaboration, and how to take it to the next level.

More details will be released in February 2019, and we will be actively seeking supporters, contributors, host organisations to contribute towards this amazing festival held in Christchurch. We would love for you to share this save the date notice and stay tuned in early 2019 for more information.

This festival is currently supported by the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective, The Collaborative Trust, Strengthening the Youth Sector, Christchurch City Council, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and Youth Voice Canterbury.

Research Reflection: Turning up ACEs in Canterbury

By Fi Rice

In a deck of cards there are four aces. Often they help you win. But four ACEs over the course of a childhood are not a winning hand. Instead, they may be a sentence of chronic disease, dysfunction and even early mortality. Of course these ACEs are not cards – they are Adverse Childhood Events.

Read more of Fi Rice's reflective article on Adverse Childhood Events.

Christchurch Workshops in 2019

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Youth

Date: Thursday 31st January 2019.
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm.

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Western World. Suicide is not inevitable and it can be prevented. This evidence based best practice workshop will take you through the latest research about suicide and provide practical tools to help to identify people who might be suicidal.

Find out more about this youth suicide workshop.

Gender Diversity Workshop

Dates: Thursday 28th February 2019 or Thursday 25th July 2019.
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm.

There has been a shift in the gender landscape, how gender is expressed and experienced has changed significantly in the last five years. How we are able to respond to these changes has a direct impact on our ability to support our students or clients.

Find out more about the February gender diversity workshop.

Find out more about the July gender diversity workshop.

Trauma Informed Care

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019.
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm.

What does 'Trauma Informed Care' actually mean? What creates trauma in people’s lives? What difference to Care does it make if you know there has been trauma in the past? How can you help?

Find out more about this trauma informed care workshop.

Find out about other workshops in 2019 from The Collaborative.

Community News

Understanding the processes young gender diverse adults use to navigate the health system

We know it is not always easy to find the right service to meet your health needs. We are keen to hear your story of what has worked, what hasn’t, what have been the challenges and your thoughts as to what services and clinicians need to do to create “trans friendly” health services for youth and young adults?

You are invited to participate if you: 

  • are aged between 18 and 24;
  • consider yourself to be Gender diverse or Transgender; and
  • are keen to participate in this study or hear more about it.

Find out more about this research into health services for gender diverse young people.

New Zealand Youth and Porn: Research findings of a survey on how and why young New Zealanders view online pornography

Most young people in New Zealand have seen pornography. This is not just an estimate or an educated guess, it’s a fact of modern life. Porn isn’t just an issue for teens, it’s an issue for kids. The Office of Film and Literature Classification (under the Minds Over Media banner) has just surveyed more than 2,000 New Zealand teens aged 14-17 years old (nearly one percent of the national population within that cohort) for this major research project.

Read the findings of this NZ research into young people and pornography

Youth Service Information Expo - 24th January 2019

Youth Service is a national agency supporting and helping young people throughout New Zealand. Here in Christchurch our focus is on education, training, work-based learning and future employment. This expo is not only to encourage our youth to connect with the community services available to them, but to also give the service delivery providers the same opportunity to meet, catch up and to share valuable information and resources with our youth.

Get more information on this upcoming Youth Service Information Expo.

Be sure to keep up to date with What's On on the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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