Recreate NZ final update for 2015!
What a year it has been! This has been an exceptional year for Recreate NZ with many achievements and successes both within Recreate and the community we serve. Here is a run down of the highlights.
We moved into 48 Windmill Road and a great office area was then created with the generous support of Ian Miller builders and Sticks Building Supplies, with Matt, Nicola and Brent then completing many long nights of painting to finish. An Opening Event was held 11th August 2015 with Local Board members attending and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse officially opening our new premises.
Moxie/Vodafone Foundation NZ
The new premises then provided a platform to launch ‘moxie’, our new cluster of interlinked social enterprises providing meaningful work experience opportunities for our young people as they transition from school. This saw the introduction of our valet and cleaning services, and the lease of a 150 tree lemon orchard providing actual skills based learning for our participants. Moxie has been extremely successful and well supported by parents, funders and the young people themselves. Accordingly future growth plans include a community garden, another orchard, and more. Recreate NZ, and Sheridan Jackson in particular are being supported with this new initiative in 2016 through the securing a Vodafone Word of Difference Award, resulting in a grant of $100,000 plus accompanying strategic planning and business advice from Vodafone.
Recreate NZ was nominated for and successful with many awards in 2015, including:
I AM Auckland Youth Safety and Belonging Award – Matt Alpe;
I AM Auckland Youth Worker of the Year – Matt Alpe;
I AM Auckland Youth Health Award – Recreate NZ;
Volunteer of the Year Award, Christchurch – Curtis Higginson;
Volunteer of the Year Award, Albert-Eden Local Board – Alex Johnson;
NZ Youth Week 2015 Award, Youth Champion – Recreate NZ (nomination).
The Seeking Summits series of programmes are going from strength to strength with a successful Mt Ruapehu summit attempt in August this year. Recreate NZ and our participants featuring in an episode of Attitude TV the following month. This was a great piece, focusing on the friendship between Tom Carew-Bourke and Mitchell Hartlett-Newlands and culminating in their successful summiting of Mt Ruapehu. The on mountain scenery was stunning on a bluebird day, while the bond between the boys brought tears to many viewer’s eyes.
Another standout programme was our first ever international trip, to the Gold Coast in Australia with 10 young people – with none wanting to leave and all having an absolutely memorable time. Highlights included Movie World, a Wildlife Park, the beaches and National Parks and of course the all-important coffee tour each morning. We are currently developing more international getaway opportunities so watch this space.
The future is looking exciting. We will look to complete our renovations that include a new kitchen, offering the opportunity to extend our moxie initiative and also promote Windmill Road as a standout disability centre.
The ‘my-breaks’ programmes are gearing up as people get to hear about this opportunity and self-direct their own breaks, with our help! I see enormous potential with this unique Recreate offering.
All in all an exceptional year past and an exciting year to come, bring it on!
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