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The Collaborative Trust Update: February 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, youth, Training, Community Groups, young people, conferences, suicide

Changes at The Collaborative Trust

It is with sadness that we are farewelling our fabulous Training Manager - Tammy Andrew. Tammy has done such an amazing job at growing both the Training Manager role, and the Training team. Needless to say we will miss Tammy's input into all things Training.

We welcome to our team:

  • Annie Horton as our Training Manager (annie[at], and
  • Janet Spittlehouse who will take up the role of Research and Evaluation Manager from the 1st March (janet[at]

Look out for the special feature in our next update where you will have the chance to hear more about Annie and Janet and the amazing talents they bring to The Collaborative Trust whānau.

Research Reflection: An educator’s reflections on “An Indian Father’s Plea”

I came across this open letter a couple of year ago. Although it is dated and from another continent, it is a powerful text to help us reflect critically on cultural difference and diversity again and again. I still use this text in my teaching today and I re-read it occasionally as it becomes relevant in my courses around inclusive education.

Read more of Christoph Teschers' reflection.

Involve 2020: Tickets are now on sale!

Early Bird prices are available until Friday 8th May 2020.

Did you know that you get 5 percent off if you buy 5 or more INVOLVE tickets in a single purchase? So get your friends, whānau and colleagues together and make the most of this discount.

Find out more about Involve 2020.

Upcoming Christchurch workshops

These workshops are suitable for teachers, Youth Workers, Social Workers, and anyone working with youth.

Find out more about these workshops from The Collaborative Trust.

Understanding and Responding to Self Harm and Suicide in Young People: Tuesday 10th March

Self-harm and suicide are major issues amongst young people. There are a lot of myths about both topics that prevent many people from getting the help they need. This evidence based, best practice workshop will  empower you to help a young person who is self-harming or suicidal.

HEADS - Part 1: Wednesday 6th May

The brains of young people are mysterious- how do you know what is going on? Have you had that feeling I want to help these young people but they are so exasperating! If you would like to understand young people and be able to communicate with them better whether you are a teacher, police officer, counsellor, parent, social worker or youth worker you need to come to this interactive workshop.

HEADS - Part 2: Wednesday 6th May

So you collect all the information then what? This workshop will provide skills in using the information gained through the assessment in then developing brief interventions and assisting young people to work to overcome barriers and fulfill their goals. Interventions for depression, anxiety, motivational interviewing and addictions will be proposed and the opportunity to practice these skills.

Community News

Been There: Young Peoples Stories of Struggle and Hope

This book is a collection of stories from 25 New Zealand young people, who have written about a crisis or struggle and what has given them the hope to endure and to pull through. The remarkable openness of their writing means that you will feel anger at the way some young people are treated and admiration for their honesty and courage. You will find their stories sobering, insightful, sensitive and very moving. "Been There" is now available for purchase for $20 (including GST and postage within New Zealand) - with all profits from the sale of the book going to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

Purchase a copy of Been There online from The Collaborative Trust website.

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