Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust
The Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust was established in August 2010 to continue the work of the Youth Health Trust in providing health and wellbeing services to young people aged 10-25 years in Christchurch. The vision of the new trust is to provide a korowai or cloak to provide a shelter for young people to come in under but also for youth agencies, so that accessibility to services is improved for young people.
Our vision is to improve the well-being, health and social inclusion of vulnerable young people aged 10-25 years who are struggling in our Canterbury community.
- Enable young people of all ethnic backgrounds in the province of Canterbury, to have access to services which promote physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social health, especially for those young people most vulnerable to harm.
- Work with employees of the Trust and the young people who attend to create a centre which is a safe environment in which young people are respected, accepted and contribute to their own well-being, and can be connected with their whanau.
- Work with young people and other youth agencies to create a network of support for young people and their whanau.
- Provide health education to young people between 10 and 25 years.
- Provide a focus for the teaching of health professionals in the area of young persons’ health.
The Korowai Youth Well-being Trust runs 298 Youth Health and is planning to be part of a wider Youth Hub that includes other services such as those to help young people with housing, employment, getting into training, budgeting and other skills for living. The Youth Hub hopes to also include transition housing for young people and opportunities for jobs and creativity. see www.youthhubchch.org.nz
The 298 Centre is funded by a contract with the Canterbury District Health Board, funding through the Christchurch Primary Health Organization and a contract with the Ministry of Social Development. The 25% of our expenses short fall is made up of donations and applications for grants. Since we opened in August 2012 we have had approximately 3,000 visits from young people aged between 10 and 25 years.