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The Collaborative Trust Update: May 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, Training, youth, young people

COVID-19 Update

Well done on being part of the team that has enabled NZ to move to alert Level 2.  This is a significant step and we can all be proud of the efforts we have made to get us here.  Under alert Level 2 the recommendation remains to keep working from home if you are able and to minimise face to face contact where possible.  For this reason we have decided that under Level 2 The Collaborative is continuing to work as much as possible virtually.

We have decided to restart our Community Workshops from June, however these will all be run online until the end of 2020. This means that these workshops are now available nationwide! If you haven't been able to attend one of our workshops in the past, this is a great opportunity to attend one without having to travel.

Please remember that minimising face to face contact doesn't mean we are minimising virtual contact.
Please get in contact with us online if there is anything that any of our team can help or support you with.

Upcoming Online Workshops

What's the Point?: Wednesday 17th June (9.30am to 12.30pm)

How does living in a time when globally significant and game changing events impact the wellbeing of young people, when they occur multiple times during their development?

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Friday 26th June (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Support your team to become diversity advocates within their organisations, creating gender inclusive, safe environments for all people.

Deescalation: Tuesday 21st July (9.30am to 12.30pm)

One of the most difficult parts of working with young people is when they become angry or upset. You need attend this workshop if you want to know what causes young people to “lose their temper” or become angry or violent, and how to deescalate the situation as quickly as possible.

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

Research Reflection: Using Art to Define Youth Resilience

By Sulekha Korgaonkar

Art has always offered me a place of refuge, healing, clarification of my thoughts and a deep source of strength during difficult times. My belief in the transcendence of art led me to this article. The article is about a study exploring how youth define resilience through collective art making.

The article begins by alluding to neoliberal policies that have developed a common narrative for all youth. It considers that there is a normalised risk discourse of the youth generation and this leads to social work responses based on the scope of this discourse. Youth is understood as a transitional phase enroute to adulthood and is marked by risk and adversity. Resilience in this context becomes an individual responsibility.

Read more of this reflection by Sulekha Korgaonkar.

Community News

Rainbow Youth have launched a new online support chat

This service is available for any person in Aotearoa aged 13 to 27 who is looking for guidance, support, or advice around sexuality, gender identity, and intersex status. You might be a young person who is looking for some support, or someone who is supporting a young person. We’d love to hear from whānau, friends, teachers - anyone who needs to chat!

Find out more about the new Rainbow Youth online support chat service.

Raukaha! Connect Hui #6: A panel discussion on youth development and COVID-19

Join this panel discussion to meet some of those working in youth development in Christchurch, and hear about how COVID-19 has been affecting young people, and what the priorities and opportunities for the youth development sector are moving forward.

Date: Wednesday 27th May 2020.
Time: 1.30 to 2.30pm.

Find out more about Raukaha! Connect Hui #6, including how to register.

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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