LIFT Youth Employment Trust organisers’ comments, Atarau Hamilton and Jody Hamilton
“This is great news! I am so humbled to be working with you. Kei te pai, we do strongly appreciate your koha and support! We will utilize the items to their full potential. Here we have our first lot of kids who have come through the program.”
‘Te manu e kai ana te miro, nona te ngāhere.
Te manu e kai ana te matauranga, nona te Ao.’
‘The bird who feeds on the miro berry owns the forest
The bird that feeds on knowledge owns the world’
Please find attached some photos of our team using their new computers - everyone was very camera shy but as you can see in the picture with Keith and Allen, we have a hot spot area where the boys come in and jump on a computer (we have an extra computer in the next office) - this is so much more efficient than when they were sharing two computers!
I also got one of the new ones and just want to express my gratitude - it's soooo much faster than my old one and means I can churn through the work far more efficiently, so thank you, thank you, thank you...
Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS)
On behalf of the team at Whitireia Community Law Centre, we would like to express our thanks and appreciation over all the work you and your team have done over the donation of the IT equipment. The equipment arrived on Monday and we are looking to have them set up and operational as soon as possible.
As stated in our meeting in May, our desire was to operate a more digitally savvy practice, which we believe will have an overall benefit to the community we serve. We will definitely keep you updated on how it all works out and are aware of the reporting requirements through Digital Wings. We will be thanking them publically via their Facebook profile as well.
Again, we cannot thank you enough.
WHITIREIA COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE
Jessica Sebastian Managing Solicitor
Thank you so much for your kind donations. We set the computers up today and my volunteers felt at home and more comfortable serving the community as they come in. Thank you a lot!! We love the printer too yaye!!
Moira and Deborah have just completed a workshop at the Department of Corrections. Working with a small group who are transitioning to life on the outside, we helped them recognise their skills and attributes, then write their own CV’s including a personal statement and details, work and education history and add referees.Overnight the handwritten CV’s were typed up so that each of them had a hard copy, and one on USB for the future. We returned the following day to work on interview skills. We took along an outfit for each of them, following the careful instructions they gave us about their sizing and colours that suited them. After changing into and admiring their new clothes (they all chose shirts, trousers and ties and looked so smart!) and some interview preparation, we set up mock interview panels. Everyone took part in an interview for the role of a truck driver. They each took a turn at being on the interview panels as well, to see how it felt being on the other side of the interview. From the ‘meet and greet’ in reception through to asking questions at the end of the interview, they all did really well and passed with flying colours.When they are ready for employment PurSuit have offered to refresh their CV’s and interview skills and provide another outfit when they are successful at interview and go on to employment.Thank you so much to the Department of Corrections for the opportunity with work with you. Thank you to all the guys for their hard work over both days, and for the amazing kai.Good luck to you all.
The Te Manu Toroa Mental Health Services sends a big thank you for the support provided to their youth.
The computers that were donated were actively used in the following projects:
Team Leader Mental Health Services:
“These are just a few of the great projects that youth have been able to use the computers for. It has been a humbling experience to have such valued resources donated to our service. The innovation and opportunities these 6 computers have created for our youth have been phenomenal. I wish you all the best for the wonderful work you do and again thank you greatly for your support.”
And a big thanks from the kids:
Fenchurch neighbourhood’s old Scout Hall has been refurbished and renamed. About 20 locals gathered just before sunrise on a chilly winter morning to officially open ‘Te Whare Piringa – Our Place’. The hall was blessed by Matua Patuwai, a local kaumatua who has been in the area for more than 40 years.
Bacon and eggs, spaghetti, fruit and hot drinks were then served by DJ Tuaru Temu, the Chair of the hall’s Governance Group.It took a little more than a year to transform the derelict Scout Hall into a place local residents are now proud to call their own.
TRC worked with local residents, the Department of Conservation, and Tāmaki Trades Academy students to complete the project.“It’s a lot warmer than the old place,” DJ Tuaru Temu says. The hall will be used for a variety of things, such as exercise classes, business meetings and family functions, he says.
Bookings and general management of the hall is operated by the Governance Group, whose members are from the community.
These resources have been vital in linking our community with each other and the outside world. As a result opening us up to new experiences and learnings. Mobilising those with talents they would not otherwise be able to nurture in a community somewhat remote from others in the northland area.
Interesting how foundations laid decades ago can cross paths again. In 1988 Di Daniels was a Founder Member of the Kapiti Women's Centre; and now Digital Wings is supporting their digital capacity with donor computers for office use and also Kapiti Women's Refuge for women to access employment services online. It is important for children in transience to have access to a computer and internet to keep up with school work, so the computers have multiple purposes.
“Digital Wings facilitated a donation of laptops, monitors and keyboards from Westpac to Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand in June 2017. As the only charity dedicated to supporting people with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand, everything we do is done with the goal of optimising quality of life for our community. Having adequate computer equipment is absolutely paramount to reaching this goal and enables our staff to carry out their roles effectively. We cannot thank Digital Wings, and Westpac, enough for the kind donation.”
Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator
‘The Family Centre carries out and specialises in Community Development programmes which aim to eliminate poverty amongst low income, Maori and Pacific families in the Wellington Region and within the
Pacific region where the Family Centre carries out its work. The Pacific Section carries out development programmes with Pacific women, sole parent women and young people in Lower Hutt teaching them transcribing and translation skills in order to increase their employability and to generate income for themselves’
Digital Wings has provided laptops for women who are Samoan native speakers to be contracted as translators of documents from English into the Samoan language. This opens up a world of employment for the women who would otherwise be stuck at home and unable to enter the workforce.
Digital Wings has provided a training hub of computers for Tolaga Bay residents to pursue education and development in the heart of their community, the Tolaga Bay Inn which operates as a charitable community trust.
It means the inn must be used by the community, for the community, providing beneficial services to the community. It also means that the operations of the inn will be for charitable purposes, including on-site training, fundraising activities and business incubation services.
Read two articles from the Gisborne Herald here and here
OuterSpaces works to celebrate the lives of young people with diverse genders and sexualities in the wider Wellington region through: - Advocacy - Education - Support and - Connecting Youth, families, government, schools and communities. Digital wings has provided hardware for their coordinators to better serve the office and clients
Attached is a photo of the Computer LAB set up in the HUB in Taumarunui. Ready for our Students to register on Monday for our Courses. I've spoken with Sue to get the Stepping up Programme sorted and us working with CKC Reap.
We are about to set up the remaining computers at our Marae Base Venue where our Tutors and Students can research their Plants and submit their assessments for the Horticulture Maara Kai Courses through Land based Training. Our Agricultural Students have 1 PC and 1 Laptop which will be set up next week for their course start date.
It’s been amazing to be able to offer the use of the computers for student research and education development. Kaumatua want a course and some of our Students are wanting to do CVs up and apply for work also, so it’s a blessing and thank you both from our Trustees.
I will send through Photos of other Student venues once we have set them up.
Te Awanui a Rua Charitable
Tuituia mai e te heretangata e runga i te Waka kotahi
Binding the many strands of People upon the Waka of Life