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The Collaborative Trust Update: December 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, Community Groups, support, young people

Wow what a year 2020 has been! I think we all agree that this year the summer holidays are feeling even more needed than ever. 2020 will be remembered by me as the year we all worked as a team to keep our country safe from COVID-19, the year we embraced digital technology to help us not just connect but survive, where we were reminded that equity is a major issue that we cannot ignore – with a clear reminder that each of us must take action to recognise and address the inequities experienced by too many people in Aotearoa. 2020 also reminded us of our ability to be responsive, flexible and willing to meet individual needs as they arise. I hope that many of these strengths that came to the fore in 2020 are maintained into 2021 and well beyond.

Of critical importance for us at The Collaborative Trust as we look towards 2021 is the health and wellbeing of rangatahi. We know this year has been tough for many young people and we know that the impacts of the events of 2020 will greatly impact the rangatahi of today for many generations to come. This provides an even greater impetus for our team to continue our mahi to support the healthy, mana enhancing development of rangatahi in Aotearoa.  We look forward to doing that mahi alongside you again in 2021. Until then wising you and your whānau all the best for the festive season, a relaxing, safe and enjoyable summer and an awesome start to the New Year.

Meri Kirihimete
Ria Schroder – Director

Upcoming Online Training in 2021

We have a great range of  workshops planned for 2021, including some new topics! All of these workshops will be held online, and available to anyone in Aotearoa to attend. Below are the confirmed workshops and dates, with more to be added!

  • Supporting Young People's Positive Development and Wellbeing: Tuesday 16th February;
  • Deescalation: Thursday 25th February;
  • Sowing and Growing the Seeds of Compassion and Kindness: Tuesday 9th March;
  • Managing Big Emotions: Thursday 25th March;
  • Understanding and Responding to Self Harm and Suicide in Young People: Tuesday 13th April; and
  • Understanding Gender Diversity : Thursday 15 April.

Find out more about any of these workshops from The Collaborative including how to register.

Can't make it to one of our workshops? Want training for your whole team? We can come to you - anywhere in Aotearoa or online - and deliver on any of the above topics plus more.

Contact our Training Manager for more information (training[at]

INVOLVE 2021: 9th to 11th August 2021

Great news! Involve will be held in Wellington and online in August 2021!

The INVOLVE website has been revamped with everything that you need to know for the 2021 event.

You can also keep up to date by joining the INVOLVE event on Facebook. This is the best way to hear the latest INVOLVE news in real-time.

Applications are now open to present at INVOLVE 2021!

The organisers would love to hear from you and your team. Applications will stay open until 22nd February 2021, so get brainstorming now.

Find out more about presenting at INVOLVE 2021.

Research Reflection: Where to from here after the Cannabis Referendum?

By Rose Crossin

I was doing a lot of reading in the run-up to the cannabis referendum, particularly around the public health impacts of legalisation. Part of the challenge is that we don’t always have the data we want or need to make decisions, or there is data from only a short period of time, or from a different cultural context. I advocated for a ‘yes’ vote, but always with caveats around the need for robust monitoring and evaluation processes.

Read more of Rose's reflection on the aftermath of the Cannabis Referendum vote.

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