Youthline and Child, Youth and Family partnered over the Christmas period to bring Christmas to children who spent the festive season in care.
During the week leading up to Christmas, a team of Youthline youth workers dropped in to Child, Youth and Family homes based in Ellerslie, Otara, Manurewa and Blockhouse Bay bearing gifts of nappies, books and toys for the children and young people, donated by Child, Youth and Family and Youthline. Dressed as popular cartoon characters, the youth workers sang Christmas carols, distributed gifts and played games.
“Child, Youth and Family do a really important but hard job in our communities, especially around this time of year. We wanted to help them out and provide some joy for the children and young people in those services,” says Youthline Manukau manager Hannah Green.
“Something as small as taking a few hours out of our day to just spend some time with these young people can mean so much to them, and really make them feel special”.
“Youthline’s aim is to create communities that support young people to achieve their potential. It is our job to wrap around and link with services that help to hold all young people, and that assist to ensure they have a chance at becoming confident and contributing members of society”, says Stephen Bell, Youthline Auckland CEO.
"When Youthline approached us with the hope of doing something to make Christmas a little more special for our children in care we were really pleased. The wonderful idea of a 'travelling Christmas party' was very much appreciated by both the children and the caregivers.
It is a great example of the community and Child, Youth and Family working together," commented Child, Youth and Family site manager Nicolette Van der Schrieck.