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 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.

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 is the Director of the Collaborative Trust which undertakes research, evaluation and training in Youth Health and Development in NZ and is a Senior lecturer at the University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine.

Toni Caldwell

Originally from the West Coast, Toni is the Practice Manager for 298. She has worked in the health sector since completing her nursing training and has had a passion for primary health care and practice management since 1996. She commenced with 298 Youth Health Centre in June 2014.

Paul McGirr

Paul has had involvement in the Not for Profit Sector for many years starting with Board membership for the local school where his 3 boys attended from the start of Tomorrows Schools. He is also currently on the Boards of two other entities involved with youth development and young adults in Canterbury.

Paul works in the education sector and is a chartered accountant.

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.

Chris Maister

Chris has been involved in the Not for Profit sector for over 30 years. During this time he has served on several boards and was closely involved in the initial establishment of Brackenridge Estate (a purpose built facility for intellectually and physically disabled residents), when he provided human resource services to the organisation during its start-up phase in 1999.
Chris runs his own human resources consultancy and joined the Board in December 2015.