Youth agencies join forces to offer summer programme

22 December 2015
This summer will see Whanganui youth group SUPP joining forces with a variety of agencies keen to provide entertainment for young people aged 12 to 19 years of age who they support throughout the year.
SUPP, Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority (TOIHA), Nga Tai O Te Awa, the WINZ Youth Service, Family Planning, YMCA, Whanganui District Council, Youth Services Trust, Ngati Apa, and Balance Whanganui have come up with a programme of events and activities which they will host every Thursday afternoon throughout January.
WDHB co-existing problems development lead Mark Wood says the 10 agencies will advertise the events on their Facebook pages which young people visit on a regular basis.
Mr Wood says at 2pm every Thursday the programme organisers will be at the following sites starting with the city wharf at the back of the former Chronicle building, Whanganui East Swimming Pool, Castlecliff  Beach and park, and finally at the Kowhai Park skating rink.
There will be no charge to join in with the activities, all young people between the ages of 12 and 19 are welcome, and on all four days a sausage sizzle will be the last activity.
Mr Wood says he and WDHB colleague Helen Hagan see the programme as a great example of how well Whanganui agencies work together.
“When Helen and I suggested the idea everybody immediately came on board with offers to help in any way they could,” Mr Wood says. “It will be great having representatives from all the agencies attending these events. It’s good for our young people to see us pulling together in their interests.”