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The Collaborative Trust Update: June 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, young people, Training, workshop, diversity, gender

What Happens to the Brain when Someone Develops Depression? Watch Part 2 of Michael's informative video on Understanding Depression.

Research Reflection: Supporting Transgender Students to Thrive in their Schooling

By Cathy Cooper

School attendance is compulsory in Aotearoa New Zealand for all students aged six to sixteen years. Most children start school on their fifth birthday and many remain until the end of Year 13 when they tend to be aged seventeen or eighteen years (Ministry of Education, 2017). The vision of Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Curriculum is of young people developing the competencies they need for study, work, and lifelong learning, so they may go on to realise their highest potential(, 2016).

Read more of this reflection on transgender students from Cathy Cooper.

Register now for Involve 2018

Don't miss out on the Early Bird special that finishes on 13th July.

Upcoming Christchurch Workshops

Trauma Informed Care: Thursday 21st June

Please note the new date for this workshop.

Many people talk about trauma informed care, but what does 'Trauma Informed Care' actually mean? What creates trauma in people’s lives? What is the ACE study? How do people behave when they have been harmed? Does it make a difference as to what kind of harm they have been through or how old they were?

Find out more about this trauma informed care workshop.

Helping Young People Understand and Manage Anxiety: Thursday 28th June

Daytime and evening workshops available.

Anxiety is a significant illness that is often minimized and under recognised. Unmanaged or untreated anxiety often leads to truancy and poor academic outcomes. The workshop will cover:

  • What is the difference between feeling anxious and having anxiety?
  • A detailed explanation of the Fight, Flight, Faint and Freeze response.
  • The link between aggression and anxiety.
  • How does anxiety affect school attendance and performance?

Register online for the morning young people and anxiety workshop.

Register online for the evening young people and anxiety workshop.

Gender Diversity: Tuesday 3rd July

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.  Currently our gender diverse communities are facing barriers in the areas of education, income, health and well-being.  With a little education and support we can start to improve the outcomes for our diverse communities.

Get more information on this gender diversity workshop, including how to register.

Was Winnie the Pooh on Drugs?: Thursday 26th July

He seems such a loveable bear, a little overweight, but that’s just cuddly right? How dependent is he on his honey? Do the other characters in A.A. Milne’s classic stories have something to tell us about life and the realities of a society that needs its stimulants?

Join us for this workshops where substance addiction and other issues will be explored.

Get more informationon this substance addiction workshop.

Community News

Trustees needed at the White Elephant Trust

The White Elephant Trust is looking for Christchurch-based Trustees with experienced heads and passionate hearts to join their board. They are a non-faith-based youth development organisation who aims to enable a wide range of extra-curricular activities with and for the diverse young people of Christchurch. The Trust is looking for Trustees who - between them - have experience in:

  • Not-for-profit governance or management;
  • The youth sector and/or youth engagement;
  • Fundraising and/or financial management; and
  • Bi-cultural practice and implementation. 

Please get in touch if this sounds like you or someone you know. The Trust would love to meet with you to discuss the role further.

Find out more about the White Elephant Trust.

Strengthening the Youth Sector Forum #3: Wednesday 18th July

This forum will have a focus on how can Youth Organisations and the Youth Development Sector can create safe and accepting spaces as well as learning to identify and reduce barriers for our LGBTQIA+ young people.

Get more information on this Strengthening the Youth Sector forum (Eventbrite).

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

The Collaborative Trust.

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