As part of the local ’Blue Light Empowering Youth’ initiative, Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care teamed up with the Community Police Force in January to offer eighteen teenage girls the opportunity to understand how to build healthy relationships by developing their social skills, emotional strengths and understanding of the benefits of positive social behaviours.
When Mark O’Rourke was going through a difficult separation in 2010, the last thing he felt like attending was a Parenting through Separation (PTS) programme through Birthright.
“I felt at that stage that the Family Court system was a little bit gender biased and that I just kept banging my head against a brick wall.
“So, I was quite hesitant about doing the two-night course – but my whole perception of everything changed after that.”
Mark says one of the key factors that changed his attitude was meeting Birthright social worker and course facilitator Megan Morton.
Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Twin Cities Toy Run on Sunday 13th November.
The Toy Run is organised by Birthright Hawke’s Bay every year. The bikers each bring a child’s toy by way of entry fee, which is then wrapped up for Christmas and give to the children of families Birthright Hawke’s Bay is working with at Christmas time.
Trevor Adsett, Chief Executive of Birthright Hawke’s Bay says, “For some children, it’s the only present they will get.
Our Annual Twin City Toy Run was held on Sunday 15 November 2015. Motorbikes travelled through Hastings, Havelock North, Clive and Napier to end up at Anderson Park, in Napier. Each rider brought a toy with them to donate to the children and young people we work with within our Hawkes Bay Community. In many circumstances, this may be the only gift these young people will receive at Christmas.
During the month of May, Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care participated in a fundraising activity sponsored by Z service stations throughout New Zealand called 'Good in the Hood'.
Good in the Hood supports groups that help people who need it, are active in their neighbourhoods, and have a reason or specific project or need.
Over the past four years, Z stations have given back more than four million dollars to New Zealand communities.
In January, Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care sent 48 children aged between 8 and 12 years old to a week-long camp where the children learnt many new skills as they participated in some new challenges and “honed” their social skills.
This annual camp is held at Stoney Creek Ranch, which is 40 kms out of town and situated within stunning scenery. The staff and volunteers at Stoney Creek are fantastic – encouraging children to challenge themselves and helping them develop their social skills.
The annual 3 Day Challenge was held during the last week of Term 1, organised and run by Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care with funding from the Ministry of Social Development Social Worker in Schools (SWiS) Preventative Programme.
Attended by over 30 children aged between 6 and 12 years old, the 'Challenge' was held at Stony Creek Ranch and the Flaxmere Boxing Academy in Hawke’s Bay.
Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care teamed up with the Napier Blue Light team to offer 20 intermediate school age boys the opportunity to go to Camp Kaitawa at Lake Waikaremoana over the April school holidays.
Lake Waikaremoana is 66 kms north-west of Wairoa and is a “well known secret” for local holiday makers, fishermen and hunters.
The 5-day camp provided the opportunity for the boys to build positive youth and Police partnerships with fun and engaging activities.
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As part of the local ‘Blue Light Empowering Youth’ initiative, Birthright Hawkes Bay Child & Family Care teamed up with the local Police to offer 18 teenage girls the opportunity to develop their self-esteem by participating in a five-day fun programme of activities throughout the Hawke’s Bay region.