Kidsfest 2019 – coming soon…

Free Movie tickets & Free Peppa Pig show!!

There will be two sessions of the interactive Peppa Pig show on Sunday 21 July – one at 11am and one at 1pm, with pre-show entertainment, including food trucks, face-painting, art workshops and more, on offer in Victoria Square from 10am. The tickets will be available online from the KidsFest website from 9am on Tuesday 4 June.

This year KidsFest includes more than 260 events across Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn. The KidsFest fun will begin on Saturday 6 July with KidsFest at the Movies – a free day of movies at the Hoyts EntX cinema complex in Christchurch’s city centre. The whole complex has been hired out for the day and three of the latest children’s movies – Toy Story 4, Secret Life of Pets 2, and Detective Pikachu – will be shown over three sessions.

Our very own Amplify School of Music is running ‘have a go’ instrument lessons too!

Other not-to-be-missed KidsFest events include:
The Big Chill where kids will be able to skate, scoot, rollerblade, bounce, jump on a crazy bike, shoot some hoops, play ball, get their face painted, and enjoy a free Hellers sausage sizzle with family and friends in the heart of Linwood. The Christchurch Brick Show at Horncastle Arena where kids can have a go with robotics, mechanics, Lego energy generators and more.

The KidsFest Pool Parties, which are being held at Pioneer, Taiora QEII, Jellie Park and Graham Condon pools and provide kids with a chance to have fun on inflatables, dance in the water and play some pool games. Tickets for all KidsFest events will be available on the KidsFest website from 9am, Tuesday 4 June. KidsFest brochures will be delivered to Christchurch primary schools at the end of this week. They will also be available at local libraries and service centres.

Father & Son Camp Photos

Another amazing camp with Dads and their teen sons. Clck on the photo below to see more of the photo’s…

Free Counselling for Youth

There are a number of places you can get FREE Counselling for young people, such as 298 Youth Health​ in the city, and St John of God Hauora Trust​ on Pages Road who counsel 10 – 25 year olds on issues such as anxiety, depression, alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. Also Mike King’s Gumboot Friday Funding is available temporarily for counselling, and we can recommend some great local counsellors you could use that funding for. GPs can also make referrals. Spread the word and lets get our young people help when they need it…

Strike Day – 29th May 2019

Youth Alive Trust are running a fun OSCAR Activity Day for any children in Years 1 – 9 while schools are expected to be on Strike. We’re heading to Orana Park for the day (alternative activities if wet weather) and costs $35 each (8:30am – 3:30pm), plus extension to 6:00pm available if needed for an extra $12. Work & Income OSCAR subsidies available! Refund if strike is cancelled. Sign up at: – and choose the “Special Day” option.

Interest Clubs – Term 2 Spaces

There are still spaces this term for some of our weekly interest clubs. Kitchen Klub is every Monday from 3:30 – 5pm for school years 5-8, Girls Craft Club is Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5pm for school years 5 – 8, Basketball Coaching is Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm for school years 3 – 6 and RISE our singing and dancing group is Mondays 6pm – 7:30pm for school years 5 – 8. See our website for more details, or just turn up for a FREE first session!!


Donation from Social Currency

Youth Alive Trust has just received a donation of $5,000 towards their mentoring programme from an accounting firm with a difference. Social Currency is a new business that gives 10% of all their sales to programmes for at-risk kiwi kids. Clients can chose which programme they want to support when they engage in accounting, business advisory or social impact measurement/reporting.

Lisa Mead is their director, lives locally and is such an inspiration. Check out her story produced by Braveheart ChCh recently HERE.

Youth Alive Trust is celebrating its 30th Birthday this year and have recently employed a mentoring coordinator, to increase and formalise the mentor and mentee relationships and provide a deeper level of support. The donation from Social Currency has helped launch this programme, and we are now looking for other new funders or donors to support this initiative. Here’s one story of a mentor and mentee relationship that is making a difference…

Finn and Paddy have been meeting for about a year, and get together each week for chats; sometimes they go to the gym, sometimes they skate, sometimes do a community project and recently Finn has started helping Paddy with some of the children’s programmes he runs at Youth Alive Trust. Finn doesn’t have a Dad at home or any other male role models. He left mainstream school in Year 10 and now does a correspondence course. He freely admits that he looks to his mentor for guidance, “Paddy’s easy to talk to. He helps me to sort out the stuff that’s going around in my head. He’s one of the good guys”.

Paddy had some very tough experiences as a teenager himself, and that is one of the reasons he’s so passionate about supporting young people like Finn, “I was being hit at home, and I never had the courage to tell anyone. It’s difficult to see what’s happening in the head of a teenager, but I’m in a privileged role of walking alongside someone who I have built trust with, and talks to me in confidence. Now I get to watch Finn work with other boys and be a role model to them too – I love it”.

Holiday Programmes in Newspaper

Even the Pegasus Post think our young people are so photogenic – they’ve dedicated a whole page to them! If you don’t get a free copy delivered to your door, grab one from Countdown New Brighton or read it online at:

Pegasus Post

Welcome to Term 2

All Clubs and Programmes are kicking off this week! Please re-register for the term by logging into your Aimyplus account ( with your normal email and password, then choose the club for this Term OR for the whole year if you wish.  If you’ve not registered before, click “new parent”.  Payments for clubs can be made either at the office or online:

Bank account name: Youth Alive Trust

Account number: ANZ Bank 117892-0066444-00

Reference: Child Initial and Surname & Club/Programme

Reminder Boys & Girls Clubs are currently FULL as we have 100 registered (all those who came in Term 1 are still welcome back).

There are only a small number of places left for RISE, but there are plenty of spaces for CRAFT CLUB, Kitchen Klub, Basketball (Years 3 – 5), Rock Solid (Years 7 & 8) and SURGE (Years 9 – 13).



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Mana Ake

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