The New, the Old and the Current

The New, the Old and the Current

Challenge 2000 staff continue to provide our usual range of youth and family services including leadership programmes, college retreats, after-school and holiday programmes, youth groups, camps and individual programmes and we have also developed some new initiatives eg our Amorangi Programme and court supervised camps – these being part of their Fresh Start Initiative.

We have stood with young people and families in times of great need and also celebrated their successes.  In the midst of this we have been inspired by the courage, resilience and hope that we have experienced in many people and places.

In the past few months we have farewelled some ‘old faces’- Steve Tamarapa, Kevin Head sm and Tina May Wilkins and we wish them well as they move on to being Challenge whanau elsewhere!!   We have also welcomed some new (and some not so new) people including Ray Ropata, Heath Hutton and our seven Gap year trainees (Joe, Solana, Therese, Andrew, Steve, Sam and Alivia).

In the midst of all the change here at Challenge, we were shocked and grieved by the tragedy of the Christchurch earthquake and subsequently the events in Japan.  As well as offering our support to our family and friends in Christchurch, we have offered our support in the coming months if it is needed for the recovery process.  These events have certainly caused us all to reflect on what is really important in life and have given the team at Challenge a renewed sense of purpose.

We have an amazingly talented, dedicated team of staff and volunteers who are willing to do what it takes each day to make a difference.  We are excited about the year ahead, one which promises to be full of many adventures.  If you would like to join us on one of these adventures, you can start by marking on your calendars Sunday 29 May as the date for our annual Quiz night.   Look forward to seeing you there!

Bridget Roche

Exciting New Project – LSV

April has been an exciting month with the beginning of a partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force on their LSV (Limited Service Volunteer) Programme at Trentham. Challenge 2000 is providing the social work component on the 6 weeks programme for young unemployed New Zealanders. Tina Wilkins and Ed Thirlwall are sharing this role and so far it is proving to be a rewarding and exciting project for all concerned.

Tina Wilkins

Tina says “ This is an exciting partnership which enables us to really make a difference to the LSV participants and be part of a high functioning team. ”

Ed agrees “Trentham is a fantastic environment in which to work and it’s great and professionally rewarding to be part of the Tri-Services group that operates LSV ”.

Ed Thirlwall

Ed Thirlwall

So watch this space as to what happens next.

Challenge 2000 is grateful for this opportunity to utilise and develop the skills of our own social work staff