Children and young people from Stratford and the wider Central Taranaki district experiencing difficulties will be able to tap into support from Tūtaki Youth this year thanks in part to funding from Te Karaka Foundation and Tindall Foundation.

“We’re thankful that we’re able to continue our successful Children and Youth Wellbeing Support Service again this year thanks to the significant contribution from philanthropic funders Te Karaka Foundation and Tindall Foundation,” says Tūtaki Funding and Safety Coordinator Phoebe Hall.

“Through our work in the community, it is evident that the need for this service still exists, so we are thrilled with the financial support we have received from such community-focused organisations,” she adds.

“Tindall Foundation, as well as many of our donors, have a passion for helping young people. Supporting Tūtaki Youth to continue to run their youth programme was a natural fit for both funders,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Last year the Trust worked with 16 young people (aged 1-14 years), including one nine-year-old who was experiencing difficulties managing their emotions and building positive friendships after witnessing domestic violence at home.

“I really enjoyed working alongside this client using task-centred practice and having their interests incorporated into the activities we completed,” says Tūtaki Social Worker for Children and Young People Sam Haggart.

The young person was referred to Tūtaki by family, at the recommendation of the school they were attending, and together with family developed a plan to build their self-esteem, manage their emotions, form friendships and simply be able to look forward to things again.

“I worked with the young person weekly in one-on-one sessions where I supported them, listened and worked through programmes to meet the objectives in their care plan, we even visited the Police Station to help build a positive feeling about the Police and the work they do,” says Sam.

The client reported they can better manage their own emotions and can say how they feel: “I don’t get picked on for crying anymore,” they said.

The client also said: “I liked how everybody (at Tūtaki Youth) was so friendly and polite. I liked to be able to learn through games and having fun”.

As well as distributing funding from Te Karaka’s generous donors, Te Karaka also administers Tindall Foundation funding locally. Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Taranaki Young Peoples Trust, The Parenting Place Inc., Taranaki Womens Refuge, Stratford Parents Centre Inc., South Taranaki Whanau Centre and New Plymouth Budget Advisory Service Inc.

For information on funding criteria and how to apply visit tindall.org.nz or email grants@tkf.org.nz. The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes 31 August.