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.

Our Goals:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Work with young people and other youth agencies to create a network of support for young people and their whanau.
  4. Provide health education to young people between 10 and 25 years.
  5. 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.

The Board

Sue Bagshaw

Dr Sue Bagshaw has been working in the youth health sector for 30 years. She assisted in setting up 198 Youth Health in Christchurch, the second Youth One Stop Shop in New Zealand in 1995, and the centre now known as 298 Youth Health. She has been involved in advising the setup of many other youth health centres which are now known as the Network of Youth One Stop Shops (NYOSS).

Sue has been President of the New Zealand Association of Adolescent Development, now Ara Taiohi, and was President of the International Association of Adolescent Health. She founded the Collaborative Trust which undertakes research, evaluation and training in Youth Health and Development in NZ and has handed on teh Directorship to Ria Schroder. Sue is a Senior lecturer at the University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine.

Marg Flyvbjerg

Marg has a background in schools and education as a teacher of PE, a senior manager responsible for welfare and wellbeing and a secondary school guidance counsellor.

Marg is passionate about her board work for Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust and works hard to raise grants funding so that 298 can thrive and grow.

Marg O’Connell

Marg has been on the board since the trust began in 2012. She works in the community and has worked for various charities including Epilepsy, Hepatitis, Autism, LifeLine. She has worked with people with intellectual disabilities, in the mental health sphere and with people with many different abilities and disabilities.

Julie-Ann Pyatt

Julie-Ann has been on the board since 2015. She has worked as a social worker for 30 years in both government and not-for-profit services, and remains passionate about supporting children, young people and their whānau. More recently she has worked across Ōtautahi in a health navigation role and gained valuable experience in advocacy; supporting people to access services that support their health and wellbeing.

Saskia Dykestra and Madeleine Francis are our two youth board members.

Saskia is a newly qualified counselor, and Madeleine is training to be a youth worker and is a Strengths Finder coach