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The Collaborative Trust Update: November 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, youth, young people, Community Groups, sexuality, vacancies, conferences

Research and Evaluation Manager - Part time in Christchurch

Exciting news! We are currently looking for a new Research and Evaluation Manager. Ria will continue with The Collaborative Trust in her role as Director, but we are looking to increase our team by contracting a new Research and Evaluation Manager to lead and manage our research and evaluation services.

This person will ensure a dynamic, responsive and methodologically rigorous research and evaluation programme is in place and that contract researchers and evaluators are well supported to deliver this programme. As a virtual organisation it is important for our Research and Evaluation Manager to be able to both work from home and attend offsite meetings.

Find out more about this Research and Evaluation Manager position at The Collaborative (Seek).

Research Reflection: The importance of understanding barriers parents face when communicating with their LGBTQ+ young people about sex and sexuality

By Alex Michel-Smith

One of my favourite things about being a health promoter is being able to work with parents to find ways they can open or strengthen their communication with their young people. I’m always trying to find new techniques and skills that parents can take home to have a go starting conversations about health-related topics with their young people.

Read more of Alex's reflection on communication barriers for parents with LGBTQ+ young people.

Been There: Young Peoples Stories of Struggle and Hope

This book is a collection of stories from 25 New Zealand young people, who have written about a crisis or struggle and what has given them the hope to endure and to pull through. The remarkable openness of their writing means that you will feel anger at the way some young people are treated and admiration for their honesty and courage. You will find their stories sobering, insightful, sensitive and very moving.

"Been There" is now available for purchase online for $20 including GST and postage within New Zealand. All profits from the sale of the book go to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

Involve 2020

The theme for INVOLVE 2020 has been released! We are excited to announce that the theme is: Our Waka, New Seas - With what’s in our waka, together we navigate new seas.

Ara Taiohi, The Collaborative Trust, New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network and Society for Youth Health Practitioners Aotearoa are partnering again to bring you INVOLVE 2020. Make sure you save these dates in your calendar now.

Like Involve 2020 on Facebook so you can keep up to date with what is happening! See you there!

Find out more about Involve 2020.

Community News

Canterbury Charity Hospital Christmas Gala: Friday 29th November 2019

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Canterbury Charity Hospital Christmas Gala at the  Air Force Museum.

The Gala features a three course plated dinner, beverages, entertainment and auctions and is a great night out with colleagues, staff, friends and family to celebrate the end of 2019 before the festive rush. The Canterbury Charity Hospital fills a vital role in the Canterbury region, purchase your tickets now for a great evening out and help a much-needed local charity.

Find out more about the Canterbury Charity Hospital Gala.

Festival of Activists, Advocates and Allies: 14th to 16th February 2020

A 3-day gathering in Wellington is for disabled people, their families and whānau, and other allies who want to create social change for disability visibility, justice, and rights.

Get more information on the Festival of Activists, Advocates and Allies (Facebook).

Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community

This book written by Michael Hempseed, is the result of 10 years of research. Too often we exclusively associate suicide with depression, Being A True Hero looks at the many causes of suicide, from depression, bullying, brain injuries, psychosis, lack of sleep, loneliness, failure and many more.

Visit the Being a True Hero website to find out more about the book, view a number of free talks, sample chapters and other useful information.

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

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

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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