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The Collaborative Trust Update: August 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, young people, youth, Community Groups, Training, conferences, parenting, awareness, workshop, diversity

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

How exciting is it that the Festival of Youth Development is next month?! We have a massive range of events happening over the three days, and we are excited to announce that our programme is now live for you to view.

View the programme for the Festival of Youth Development.

Purchase your ticket at our Early Bird rates and you can choose one event per session (subject to availability), as well as join us for our other great festival events that we have planned. These additional events include a celebration shindig where we will share kai, good times, good music and celebrate some amazing humans.

We also invite you to the opening and closing ceremony where we will have some legendary keynote speakers (details to be released soon). Last but not least we have a panel session on Tuesday from noon to 2pm where will hear from a range of people about how they embody the Festival's kaupapa of working together better.

Research Reflection: Exposure to sexual media content - What are the impacts for young people?

By Louise Tapper

Any society is made up of different communities. One of the most influential communities for young people is the online world of social media. This immersion in social media communities has led to concerns from educators and parents over the exposure to inappropriate violent and sexual content, and the possible harmful effects that such exposure might have on the development of children and young people. These concerns have been well documented in the literature.

Read more of Louise Tapper's reflection on the impacts of exposure to social media on young people.

Parenting Week in Christchurch: September 2019

Parenting Week runs from Monday 9th September to Thursday 19th September this year. The programme is jam packed full of wisdom and research backed advice to give you strategies to help your family flourish and enjoy being together. We are proud to be taking part again this year, with three of our educators presenting:

Find out more about Parenting Week in Christchurch.

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

We are excited to confirm that Involve is happening again 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. See you there!

Christchurch Workshops

Understanding Eating Disorders - Advanced: Thursday 29 August (9am to noon)

This workshop will look at some more advanced aspects of eating disorders, including: Underlying changes in the brain, Different forms of treatment, Managing and supporting someone with an eating disorder in the community, and Understanding co-existing diagnoses.

Find out more about this advanced eating disorders workshop.

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Youth: Tuesday 10 September (9.30am to 12.30pm)

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Western World. Suicide is not inevitable and it can be prevented. This evidence based best practice workshop will take you through the latest research about suicide and provide practical tools to help to identify people who might be suicidal.

Get more information about this youth suicide prevention workshop.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Thursday 24 October (9.30am to 12.30pm)

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.

Find out more about this workplace gender diversity workshop.


Check out The Collaborative website for information on other upcoming workshops in 2019.

Community News

Preparing for the Future of Youth Health: Tuesday 20th August (Auckland)

Join us for an inspiring and enriching training day, including guest speaker Dame Sue Bagshaw.

Get more information on this youth health training day in Auckland.

Become an impact partner with Benefaction

Benefaction is a social impact agency that is involved in the partnering of commercial businesses with charities and social enterprises. Their goal is to facilitate long-term partnerships through which the partnering entities work together to achieve positive social/environmental outcomes.

They are compiling a database of ‘Impact Partners’ (charities/social enterprise) so that they can make contact when suitable opportunities arise for partnerships with businesses. They have put together an online form for charities and social enterprise to fill out. It takes about 5 mins to complete.

They are looking for organisations of all types and from all over the country to fill this form out so that they can be aware of the various needs. Filling out the form doesn’t come with any form of commitment – it’s simply a way of organisations making themselves known to us.

Find out more about becoming one of Benefaction's impact partners.

Supporting Aotearoa’s rainbow people: A practical guide for mental health professionals

Youth Wellbeing Study and RainbowYOUTH in Wellington have produced this resource on supporting rainbow people in Aotearoa’s mental health settings! This guide is for anyone who provides mental health support in Aotearoa, including (but not limited to) counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, tohunga (Māori healers), social workers, mental health nurses, and GPs. It will also be helpful for youth workers, group facilitators, and peer supporters.

Get more information on this practical guide for mental health professionals.


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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