Young children who have witnessed domestic violence, and kids dealing with difficult emotions are being helped by a community organisation in Taranaki.
Tūtaki Youth Incorporated Trust is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that provides youth, social and domestic violence services to young people and whanau in Stratford and the surrounding Central Taranaki district.
In the last year the Trust has worked with 16 youngsters, including one nine-year-old who was experiencing difficulties managing their emotions and building positive friendships after witnessing domestic violence at home.
Tūtaki social worker Sam Haggart worked with the youngster in weekly one-on-one sessions where they were supported, listened to, and helped through programmes.
“We even visited the Police Station to help build a positive feeling about the Police and the work they do,” Haggart says.
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.
The youngster says they can now better manage their own emotions and can say how they feel.
“I don’t get picked on for crying anymore,” they 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.”
Children and young people from Stratford and the wider Central Taranaki district experiencing difficulties are able to tap into support from Tūtaki Youth this year thanks in part to funding from Te Karaka Foundation and Tindall Foundation.
Tūtaki funding and safety coordinator Phoebe Hall said the organisation was incredibly thankful for the funding.
“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 says.
Te Karaka Foundation chair Ken Horner said Tindall Foundation, as well as many of the foundation’s 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,” he says.
As well as distributing funding from 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.
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