Term 1 Update for Parents

Kia Ora Parent/Caregiver,

We hope 2021 has started well for you. We’ve had a busy 2 weeks of holiday programmes (photos on facebook), then a quick staff retreat to focus on team building and planning for a very exciting year. Here’s a few updates:

  1. CLUBS

Bookings are now LIVE and Term Plans are online too (click on the hyperlinks below). Why not try something new for a term or forward to a friend as currently spaces are available for all clubs, but we will cap them if they get too large. Register for this term (or the whole of 2021) at: https://yatclubs.aimyplus.com

Basketball Clubs (School Years 3 – 7) Mondays 3:30-4:30pm & 4:45-5:45pm

Kitchen Klub (School Years 6 – 9) Mondays 4:00-5:30pm

Beach Tots Playgroups (Pre-Schoolers) Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:00am

Kōtirotiro Girls Club (School Years 1 – 6) Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm

Tamatāne Boys Club (School Years 1 – 6) Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm

Craft Club (School Years 5 – 8) Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm

Rock Solid (School Years 7 & 8) Fridays 4:30-6:30pm

Surge (School Years 9 – 13) Fridays 7:00-9:00pm

  1. After School Oscar (School Years 5 – 9)

Spaces are available for our daily Senior Oscar programme, with free van pick up’s from Rawhiti, South New Brighton, Chisnallwood and New Brighton Catholic and activities can include Kitchen Klub, Basketball, Craft Club, Park Day and lots of other social activities. If you work or study, then the government can subsidise or even fully cover the cost. More information here: http://www.youthalivetrust.org.nz/holiday-programmes/senioroscar/


  1. Amplify School of Music

Information about instrument lessons can be found on Amplify’s own website.  Also instrument rentals including drum kits, full sized and weighted keyboards and guitars. More info at: https://amplify.mymusicstaff.com/


  1. I ♥ Brighton – Waitangi Monday

Join us on Waitangi Monday at Thomson Park from 11am-3pm for a massive day of activities and fun for all the family! Live Music stage, sports activities, bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides, water activities ($2), food trucks, market stalls, pre-school zone, archery, crazy bikes, candy floss ($3) and much more!! Give a Youth Alive Trust volunteer a Hi-5 if you see them on the day.

Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/4LiqtmZdH


5. Parenting Courses

i) Toolbox for Parents of Intermediates and Teens

Teenage Years Toolbox is a course designed to support you on your journey of parenting your teenager.  You will learn ways to strengthen your relationship with your teenager and support them as they navigate the teenage years.  In six sessions, over six weeks the course covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, understanding yourself as a parent, understanding your teenager and their emotions, discipline, boundaries and lots more. Starting Thursday 18th February, at 7.00pm at Youth Alive Trust. This normally costs $110 per couple but this will be Free, in return for your feedback about the course. For more information contact Kirsten on 0274312220 or kirsten.wyllie@parentingplace.nz.

ii) Tuning into Kids

For parents of Primary School Children. A six week for course starting on Thursday 11th March from 10:30am-12:30pm at Youth Alive Trust, learning how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Learn tools to better understand your child, help your child to manage their emotions, prevent behaviour problems and teach your child to deal with conflict.  For booking contact our Mana Ake team leader, Joel Brittenden joel.brittenden@yat.org.nz or 020 4177 0038.


  1. Free Counselling

We are hosting two 3rd year student counsellors in 2021, who are offering free counselling to both young people and adults as part of their course. They are available only in the daytime on Tuesdays and are under the supervision of local schools counsellors, Sandy Hitchens.  If you or someone you know is interested, contact: doorsofhopecounselling@gmail.com who will screen the appropriateness and timetable appointments. Limited spaces!!!


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Ngā mihi

The YAT Team


I ♥ Brighton 2021

Waitangi Monday at Thomson Park – fun for all the family! Live Music stage, sports activities, bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides, water activities ($2), food trucks, market stalls, pre-school zone, archery, crazy bikes, candy floss ($3) and much more!! Give a Youth Alive Trust volunteer a Hi-5 if you see them on the day.

Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/4LiqtmZdH

MH101 Training

Youth Alive Trust is privileged to be is hosting Mental Health 101 Training next week for our team of youth workers. We have a few spaces left that would be suitable for people working in other community organisations that haven’t had formal mental health training. It’s on Thursday 11th February 9am – 4.30pm, is completely free and ran by nationwide provider BluePrint.

Attached e-flyer has full information and online registration at:


Back to School – Financial Support

It’s a tough time of the year for many whanau with lots of costs getting children back to school with everything they need.

Back to School Assistance 2021


The Salvation Army can support families with uniform grants, vouchers for stationery and vouchers or no interest loans for devices.

Families are encouraged to drop into their local Salvation Army centre to discuss their needs. The Salvation Army has partnered with Warehouse Stationery, which has advanced $30,000 worth of gift cards to support low-income families.


City Mission Christchurch’s Back to School programme offers families assistance with buying things such as uniforms, shoes, stationery and other curricular material.


The fund provides help where death, sickness, family break-up or economic hardship make it difficult for families to meet education costs.

Grants may cover school uniform, shoes, textbooks and stationery. There are special grants to cover the cost of glasses or to help students with special needs.

The fund is administered by local rotary clubs.


Make it Happen helps Christchurch families with school-related costs including uniform, fees, school trips, sports, music and cultural activities. To date they’ve paid out over $96,200 in grants.



The fund works with other helping agencies in the city and can provide assistance on a one-off basis where real need can be shown. The fund is a last resort measure when people have exhausted other appropriate sources such as Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).



The Mayor’s Welfare Fund is only available for Christchurch City residents.

As every applicant’s circumstances are unique and the criteria for different categories of assistance varies. Applicants need to contact the Mayor’s Welfare Administrator.

The fund has a limited amount of funding categories with which it can assist applicants and criteria on levels of assistance apply.

The Mayor’s Welfare Fund can only assist once in a twelve month period.

School Principals may apply on behalf of students to the Mayor’s Welfare Fund’s Child Enrichment Fund for grants to help students participate in extra-curricular activities they would otherwise miss out on due to exceptional circumstances of severe hardship.

How to apply

For appointments to meet with The Mayor’s Welfare Administrator, contact us.

After making your appointment to see the Mayor’s Welfare Administrator, it is essential that you bring:

  • A form of identification, i.e. Drivers Licence or Community Services Card.
  • (If available) a letter from Work and Income NZ or Study Link stating that assistance is available or unavailable.
  • A current bank statement stating the applicants name (this is used as proof of financial hardship).
  • If in employment a copy of your last two pay slips.
  • Evidence of need i.e. invoice for goods, electricity bill, letter from landlord etc

The Mayor’s Welfare Fund is located at the Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.


If your child is between 5 and 15 and you need help with things like uniform, clothing, shoes, bedding, extra-curricular and healthcare costs, you can apply to Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship scheme.

The scheme connects donors with individual children. Kiwi Kid Sponsorship is a minimum of $336 per year, which is paid directly to suppliers e.g. the school.

To apply, your household income must not be more than $850 per week (after tax) for one child, $950 for two children, $1050 for three or $1140 for four children.


– Stationery and uniform loan

Depending on how much you earn, you might qualify for a loan from Work and Income to cover the cost of stationery and uniform.

You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify, and you have to pay the money back.

The income threshold is $42,700.30 if you’re a couple, $35,674.08 if you’re a single parent of one child and $37,584.56 if you’re a single parent of two or more children.

How much you get depends on your situation. The money will be loaded onto a payment card – like an EFTPOS card – to be used at stationery and uniform suppliers.

– School and year start-up payment

If you’re caring for someone else’s child and already receive unsupported child’s benefit or orphan’s benefit, you can get extra help with back-to-school costs.

You don’t have to show quotes or receipts to get the payment, but it’s expected the money will go towards school-related costs. You won’t be taxed on this money and you won’t have to pay it back.

You can apply between mid-January and the end of February, and how much you get will depend on the age of the child at the end of February – from $400 for under-4s to $550 for over-15s.

– Other loans

If you are on a benefit, you may be able to apply for an advance on your benefit to help with the cost of school fees and activities.

If you’re not on a benefit, a loan in the form of a recoverable assistance payment may be an option.


Many schools offer hardship grants to help out with back-to-school costs. Contact your school to see if they can help.


While some principals say parental donations are vital to the running of the school, by law they are voluntary.

If you have paid your school’s donation, you can get a tax rebate for a third of the cost.

Office Closed

The YAT Office will be closed from 5pm today until Friday 15th January. Emails won’t be checked, so staff can enjoy a full break after a massive year.

There are a few spaces left for both Holiday Programmes from 18th – 22nd January.

Senior Programme is full most days from 25th – 29th January, but there are still spaces for the Juniors.

Wishing you and your whanua a relaxing and refreshing summer break!

Breakaway Highlights

Fun times on our pre-Christmas Intermediates Breakaway! Thanks to Oranga Tamariki for supporting this Breakaway programme and the amazing leaders who put in the hard yards!  Video Credit: www.jaydenwall.com


Check out the best of the photos here too…

Fun times at our pre-Christmas intermediates Breakaway programme!

Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Amplify Concerts

What an amazing day at Level 1, with 6 amazing Amplify School of Music youth bands performing to crowds in front of the sun. Check out some of their highlights here:

Watch out for these future superstars! Made in New Brighton! #AmplifySchoolofMusic


Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Friday, 11 December 2020

6 Super talented youth bands from our very Amplify School of Music performing all afternoon at LEVEL ONE Craft Beer and…

Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Friday, 11 December 2020


So great to be part of @New Brighton Christmas Parade, with our scooters, basketballs, zorbs, music and dinosaurs! Great day to be in Brighton!

Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Tuesday, 15 December 2020