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The Collaborative Trust Update: April 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, youth, Training, workshop, young people, suicide, gender

Book Launch: Been There - Young Peoples Stories of Struggle and Hope

Join us for an evening of readings from the book compiled by Steve Langley, as well as dramatic performance, cool music, slam poetry and dance.

This event is FREE to attend, but please register your attendance.

Date and Time: Wednesday 22nd May 2019, from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Location: Hagley College Cafe (510 Hagley Avenue).

Register online to attend the book launch of Been There - Young Peoples Stories of Struggle and Hope.

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

Expressions of Interest have now closed, and we have had such a great response! The Festival team are busy working through the submissions at the moment.

You should hear from us in early May with the next steps if you or your organisation have submitted an EOI.

Find out more about the Festival of Youth Development.

Gender Diversity Workshops in Dunedin

We will be running two Gender Diversity workshops in Dunedin on Monday 29th April 2019:

  • Understanding Gender Diversity; and
  • Advanced Gender Diversity.

These workshops will be presented by Ari Nicholson, and this training is a must for councellors, teachers, youth/social workers, nurses, and ANYONE working with Youth.

Find out more about these gender diversity workshops in Dunedin, inlcuding how to register.

Upcoming workshops in Christchurch

Understanding Eating Disorders - Part 1: Thursday 23rd May

Is being obese an eating disorder, a hormonal problem, an addiction to food or a result of rampant consumerism?

What are the different sorts of eating disorders and their causes - from anorexia, bulimia to self harm and body image issues?

Register for both this workshop, and Eating Disorders - Part 2 workshop on Thursday 29th August, and receive a 10 percent discount by using code "edtimestwo" at check out.

Find out more about this eating disorders workshop including how to register.

Deescalation Workshop: Thursday 6th June

One of the most difficult parts of working with young people is when they become angry or upset. Many professionals often encounter this behaviour but they don’t know what to do about it. Join us for one of our most popular workshops.

Find out more about this deescalation workshop in Christchurch, including how to register.

Gender Diversity Workshop: Thursday 25th 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.

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

Find out about other workshops The Collaborative will be running in 2019.

Community News

Youth Week: 18th to 26th May 2019

This years theme is "We are more than you see" "He wai hōhonu a mātou", (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).

Find out more about Youth Week, how you can be involved, or to vote for the Poster competition.

ASB PRESENTS: RainbowYOUTH's 30th Birthday Gala!

A bunch of young people met up at a conference and decided to form a social group for young people in 1989. That group has become RainbowYOUTH three decades later - one of the largest rainbow organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us on Thursday 6th June 2019 for an epic eighties-style evening to celebrate and look back at 30 years of our work - jammed packed with changed lives, minds and laws. The event will be hosted by Eli Matthewson and includes a great line up of local entertainment.

Get more information on RainbowYOUTH's 30th Birthday 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 to find out more about the book and to 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]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

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