2012 has started with a bang!

2012 has started with a bang and it’s hard to believe that we are in April!

Life at Challenge 2000 has been its usual mix of planned chaos, adventure, determination and innovation.

We have an incredibly talented team of staff and volunteers who never cease to amaze me with their dedication to the young people, families and the vision of Challenge 2000.

We are proud of our young people who have begun new adventures this year – starting training courses, finding paid employment, successfully completing court orders, attaining their learner drivers licence, and making other positive decisions for their future. What a privilege it is to celebrate with them in these achievements!

The issue of ‘vulnerable children’ has been very much on our minds as we prepared a submission for the government green paper. It is particularly significant, as we are receiving an influx of referrals for young people who are in need of intensive support to get them through tough times. We await a further period of constructive dialogue on this issue, and look forward to being part of the solutions!

Sally Blackler, our LSV social worker in Burnham, is currently walking from Auckland to Christchurch to raise money for Canteen! Sally is walking in memory of her late husband Nathan, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Please read about Sally’s inspiring story on www.sistersinarms.co.nz .

Looking ahead, we have some exciting events coming up in the next few months, and we would love your support. Please keep an eye out on our website for details of our annual Quiz night, Clean Up Johnsonville Day and a variety of other activities!

Noho ora mai


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