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The Collaborative Trust Update: October 2019

Wednesday, October 09, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, Community Groups, young people, youth, conferences

The team at The Collaborative Trust are super proud of Dame Sue Bagshaw who received her Damehood last month.

Festival of Youth Development: 16th to 18th September 2019

We would like to thank those of you who attended, presented at, and supported our Festival last month. What an awesome three days we had!

We would also like to say a massive thanks to our major sponsor Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and to the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, Christchurch City Council and Rata Foundation for their support of this event.

Research Reflection: Assessment of children and young people using a strength-based tool

By Cathy Cooper

Psychometric assessment tests are structured and standardised measures of cognitive, behavioural or emotional functioning. They provide information that allows for inferences to be made about an individual based on comparison with a larger group of similar individuals who have also completed the same test (New Zealand Psychologists Board, 2015). This year in my studies to become an educational psychologist, I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and hopefully skill in using a number of psychometric tests.

Read more of Cathy Cooper's reflection on assessment of children and young people.

Save the Date for Involve 2020: 17th to 19th August 2020

We are excited to confirm that Involve is happening in Wellington in 2020!!

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 the Involve 2020 Facebook event so you keep up to date with what is happening! See you there!

Christchurch Workshops for 2019

Trauma Informed Care: Tuesday 15th October

Many people talk about trauma informed care, but what does it actually mean? In this workshop we will discuss this and also cover the following:

  • 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 what kind of harm they have been through or how old they were?
  • What difference to care does it make if you know there has been trauma in the past?
  • How can you help?

Get more information about this trauma informed care workshop.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Thursday 24th October

Is your workplace gender diverse? Is is an inclusive and safe environment?
This fun interactive workshop compliments the basic gender diversity workshop with a focus on making effective change within an organisation to create an inclusive safe environment. Supporting staff to become diversity advocates within their organisations, creating gender inclusive, safe environments for all people.

Get more information about this gender diversity workshop.

Let's talk about... Sex, Pornography and everything else!: Thursday 7th November

This interactive and fun workshop will explore preliminary findings from current research into the way a group of NZ parents of 11-14-year-olds understand and experience sexuality education with their children. Utilising narratives, it will explore how parents/caregivers talked about their understandings and experiences of engaging in sexuality education with their children. These examples are a means of highlighting the uncertainty that occurs around talking about topics like sex, pleasure, pornography, consent, and love.

Through engaging with other parents/caregivers narratives, young people,  and international research, participants in this workshop will explore and reflect on different ways of thinking about the provision of sexuality education. This workshop is designed to support parents/caregivers to think holistically about sexuality education.

Get more information on this sex workshop for parents.


Visit the What's On page to find out what other workshops we will be running in 2019.

Community News

Ara Taiohi AGM 2019: Tuesday 22nd October

The AGM will take place for members from 10 to 11am, and for members and supporters of Ara Taiohi please join us for Launch and Lunch from 11.15am to 1pm. This will include:

  • Launch of the new look principles by young people who were part of the process of informing the principles
  • A panel that informs us on the government’s Child Youth Wellbeing Strategy (including Juanita Te Kani, the General Manager of the Ministry for Youth Development)
  • A celebratory and thank you lunch for all those who are part of and support Ara Taiohi

Register your interest to attend the Ara Taiohi AGM 2019.

FASD Workshop: Saturday 2nd November

Sessions will cover:

  • What is FASD?;
  • Interventions and strategies;
  • Self care;
  • Building family strengths and resilience;
  • Dealing with education, health, welfare and justice systems; and
  • accessing support.

Get more information on this foetal alcohol workshop.

Charity Hospital Christmas Gala: Friday 29th November

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Charity Hospital Christmas Gala at the fabulous Air Force Museum on Friday 29th November.

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 Charity Hospital Christmas Gala.

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 oo 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]collaborative.org.nz).

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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