Family Fun Night – Tue 31st October

Everyone is welcome to the annual Family Fun Night from
5:00pm – 7:30pm @ Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, 111 Seaview Road, New Brighton. Plenty of parking on Beresford Street.

For only a gold coin donation, join in a large variety of carnival games, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, games, food (to purchase), live bands and this years entertainer is the famous El Gregoe!!!

We encourage ‘non-spooky’ dress-up’s because it’s a safe & fun alternative to Trick or Treating.

Dance Fitness – Thanks Fi

Big Shout Out to Fi, who runs Dance Fitness classes in New Brighton every Monday and Thursday night with all profits going towards Youth Alive Trust – helping support our programmes such as mentoring, camps, schools youthworkers, youth clubs, events and parenting & pre-school programmes. All ages and abilities welcome, for just $8 per class, $6 per student, plus concessions cards available. Follow her page on the link below. Give it a try with a mate – and support a worthy cause at the same time. Thanks Fi 🙂

More Free Family Events

Another weekend of free family activities in Christchurch – gee we’re blessed to live here (remind people of that, when you hear complaints that there’s nothing to do!) Check out Meet in the Middle as part of the The Breeze Walking Festival celebrating the partial opening of the trail, at Kerrs Reach. Join treks on foot or bike from either end of the trail (City or Sea) and meet in the middle at Kerrs Reach for a family fun day with kids activities, a multi-code regatta with kayak, waka, rowing, and dragon boat racing, as well as live entertainment on stage 12-3pm with Hollie Smith and Adam McGrath (The Eastern). Also Sunday at the Groynes from 9am – 1pm is Take a Kid Fishing where 830 salmon and 20 trophy rainbow trout were released this week. No registration or fishing licence necessary – expecting a crowd of 5000 people. Enjoy the weekend 

Brainwave Trust – Seminar

In this informative, entertaining presentation the audience will gain an understanding of the latest information on brain changes and hence the behaviours we observe as a child transitions through adolescence to an adult.  These seminars and workshops are for parents and professionals who are working with adolescents. Our information is entirely based on up-to-date scientific medical research. Our work is scientific and evidence based, our message is positive and is important to our whole community.

Concern about young people is not new. Each generation is known to have concern about the generation following and we are the first generation to understand the changes that happen in the brain. Recent research shows that there is a burst of neuronal activity in late childhood and adolescence that is linked with risk taking and impulsive, emotional behaviours typical of teenagers.  Consistent, nurturing and positive early experiences grow resilient, empathetic and intelligent adults. Conversely adolescents in New Zealand relative to other developed countries have a high rate of social morbidity.

The presenters on the day are Andrea Dahl and Jim Sole. Parents, caregivers, grandparents, and teens are all very welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided afterwards, so stay around for a chat and a look at other parenting programmes offered at Youth Alive Trust.  Thank you to the Dublin Street Trust for funding these seminars.

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Courtyard Mural

Loving the new mural in the youth courtyard at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus​, designed and created by local legend Popx and funded by Creative New Zealand​ through the Christchurch City Council’s, Creative Communities Scheme! It’s a concrete box, but if you can see through the walls (words) you’d see the hills in one direction, the mountains in another and the beach in the other. Sweet place to hang out now that the warmer weather is on its way…

Lots of Holiday Activity Options…

Reminder that there is lots going on for young people in New Brighton in the school holidays, such as todays Sock Puppet workshop, the Eastern Kids Biketober Day! tomorrow at Rawhiti School, Disc Golf Have a Go Day at Rawhiti Domain on Saturday, a free magic/entertainer show on Friday at 2:00pm at the Library with Shad Rutherford, and below is a list of all activities at the Library with support from our youthworkers – note there are still spaces for the afternoon session, Contemporary Maori Poha but bookings are necessary. Make the most of these opportunities people 🙂

Disc Golf – Have a Go Day

Another Free family event in the school holidays in New Brighton! Disc Golf is the greatest sport you have never heard of, and it could come to Rawhiti Domain in the form of an 18-basket course; a free-to-use facility located in the East of the city.  We will have half a dozen short holes set up on the day, and it will be entirely free of charge, disc’s provided too!  You will have a chance to engage with Christchurch Disc Golf​ members and have all your questions answered.  Click ‘interested’ or ‘attending’ on the event below to remind yourself on the day.  No bookings necessary, just turn up.

New Community Noticeboards

Check out these two new Community Noticeboards at the old entrance to Grace Vineyard Beach Campus thanks to a funding grant from the amazing Thankyou Charitable Trust!! We’re just starting to gather more info to put into them, so drop hard copies of your community event poster, sports club flyer or fundraising notice into reception anytime.


Senior HP FULL

Our Senior Holiday Programmes for October are now FULL!!!  There are only a few days available for our Junior Programme, and some days are also full.  More details at this link

Amazing Volunteers

We're soooo proud of our many amazing volunteers – 35 of whom recently won an award at the Canterbury Youth Awards! They give over 8,000 hours per year to their community – we couldn't be prouder! 🙂

Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Tuesday, July 26, 2016