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The Collaborative Trust Update: June 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: funding, newsletter, youth, Training, Community Groups, research, young people

Research and Evaluation Update

Return to Level 1: Now that we have almost returned to business as usual, the barriers to conducting research and evaluation have lessened. Our team of experienced researchers and evaluators would love to hear from you about any research/evaluation projects that you would like to undertake in 2020.

Last year and early this year we have undertaken some fantastic research and evaluation projects:

Find out more about these or any of the work that we have done, or contact our Research Manager Janet (janet[at]

Upcoming Online Workshops

All of our workshops will be held online until the end of 2020. This means that they are now available to anyone in New Zealand to attend!

Deescalation: Tuesday 21st July 2020 (9.30am to 12.30pm)

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

Supporting Young People's Positive Development and Wellbeing: Tuesday 28th July 2020 (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Wellbeing is often portrayed as equating with Health, Wealth and Happiness.  Yet, anyone who works with young people knows there is much more to being well, and it doesn't look the same from one young person to the next.

Find out more about these and other upcoming workshops from The Collaborative Trust.

Re-feeding Hope: by Olivia aged 17

Hope and I used to have a close relationship. Rather like a helium balloon, attached to a string I held in my hand, for the first twelve years of my life it followed me everywhere. Through my primary schooling, my soccer games, family game nights, the bitter New Zealand winter and the salt-tinged beachy summer. I held tight to it during a massive move overseas to Hong Kong, where my family lived for 4 years, and then back again to start Year 9 in New Zealand. It bounced alongside me, raising me out of my temporary life dilemmas and pushing me forward to my future.

Read more about Olivia's relationship with hope.

This is one of the 25 stories from a book written by young people throughout NZ, entitled “Been There – Young People’s Stories of Struggle and Hope”.

This book can be purchased online with all profits from the sale of the book going to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

Community News

Ara Taiohi is waiving membership fees

As we move forward as a youth sector it is more important than ever that we are connected, growing, vibrant and strong.

Ara Taiohi is pleased to be waiving membership fees for the 2020/21 financial year in recognition of this need, and the additional financial pressures on many of our organisational members.

If you know of groups for whom membership fees have been a barrier in this past, please let them know about this offer.

Ana Sokratov Scholarships 2020

Te Rau Ora is delighted to offer two Ana Sokratov scholarships in 2020 for Māori with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction.

This scholarship is in honour of Ana Sokratov. She was part of the inaugural Trust Board of Te Rau Matatini (now Te Rau Ora), and renown for her leadership and advocacy for Māori with lived experience. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide an opportunity to Māori with lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction to study a field of their choice including but not limited to health or in academic, cultural or creative pathways.

Get more information on the Ana Sokratov Scholarships 2020.

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

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch