Next Step Training
One of our students was referred to us by the Early Intervention Service. Since enrolling in July 2017 she has been working towards Foundation 1 & Foundation 2. She was described as having a mild ID and came to us after her learning at school was interrupted by psychosis. She has worked really hard and benefited from lots of one-to-one tutoring. She achieved Foundation 1 and NCEA 1 in 2017 and has just achieved NCEA 2. Because she has only two weeks left to complete her year with NST and still requires seven units to complete Foundation 2 it is unlikely that she will have time to finish her Foundation 2 qualification.
She is very keen to join Malcam Trust when she leaves us in late July and further to that hopes to find a job. She will be spending time at Artsentsa in Princes Street and will continue her work with EIS. Staff at NST have all noticed the huge change in this student’s outlook and confidence over the time she has been with us. Her mother recently told me that being at NST had changed her daughter’s life.
One of the parents of Putaiao Tamariki children today at the whanau celebration stood up and done a haka on his own as a thank you!! A parent had also bought the volunteer a special gift as child always said how good she was. Parents and children are very sad it's all over. This was for the last school that that finishes a tad later.
Corrections: We have had some great successes in Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) lately. Two students went from a step 1 to a step 3 which is a huge initial jump to make and now makes building on their success to get to Step 4 or above more within their reach. Another great ILN moment recently was when delivering a lesson on percentages, a student was ecstatic about understanding how to work out the percentage of a number. He commented about how clever he felt knowing this.
Client Support Worker
An elderly lady was referred to our service after her husband she had been caring for had passed away. She was experiencing grief and loss, low mood and anxiety. Through the use of PCOMS Alice identified her need for service was to have support to ‘get through each day until she felt stronger’. When we explored this more, and for Alice this was to have someone to talk to – to help her make sense of what was happening for her now she didn’t have her husband to care for. She needed help with her anxiety and being able to manage this so it didn’t continue to affect her every day functioning. Alice also felt her social group had abandoned her in her time of need and was reluctant to ask her friends for support. Alice’s children lived overseas and her family supports were limited. She didn’t want to burden her children as she felt they had more important things to worry about.
Through discussions and conversations Alice gradually come to terms with the changes that were happening in her life. She was encouraged to access counselling for her grief and loss and to see her doctor regarding her anxiety. Alice was also supported to have a conversation with her children so they were aware of how their Mum was feeling and the support she was needing. This was positive for Alice as they didn’t realise how things were for their Mum. They thought she was doing ok. This allowed Alice’s children to look at how they could better support her from a distance, and it helped Alice to see that although her children lived overseas they still cared about her and wanted to make sure she was ok. With her children’s support Alice has made contact with friends and she has slowly begun to do activities she did before her husband’s death. Alice is also accessing a mental health worker to help her manage her anxiety. Alice is now at a place where she feels a bit stronger as each day progresses. She is happy to have had the support from the Mission.
Keira a single mother of one, was referred to the service by a friend, concerned that Keira had been isolating herself as a result of mental health challenges she was facing. Keira’s initial perspective was that she could not see any positives in her life other than her daughter; her family relationships were strained, friendships seemed to be one-way only, and Keira was on a fixed income and under considerable financial pressure.
The work involves supporting Keira to identify specific aspects of her life in which she felt a change could be made, to identify what those changes might look like, and to provide encouragement for Keira to take those first steps towards a better future.
During the course of our work together, Keira began to make these small changes in her life, which helped her to develop a more optimistic outlook not only on her circumstances, but also in her ability to make choices for a positive change. At the conclusion of the service, Keira told me that her family relationships had improved, she had recently gotten back in touch with old friends, her debts were reduced and she’d been interviewed for a job, and her general outlook on life had improved greatly.
Ōtepoti Youth Transition House
The panel heaters have been installed and everyone is warm and cosy. We have had some wonderful donations of toiletries, pantry items, tea towels, and storage containers and our thanks to the Methodist Women’s Fellowship for these. Also from Mr and Mrs Ian Pearce and family donations of woollen blankets, lounge chairs and a big box of crockery from the which will come in very handy for any residents looking to start out in a flat. There is still a need for towels and storage containers.
We are very excited to be having underfloor insulation installed this month thanks the owners of the House. This will make a huge difference for our residents.
There has been some great baking produced this month with the residents keen to develop their skills. We have made contact with a local landlord who may be interested in working with us to help secure some sustainable accommodation for some of our residents. The young people all have plans and have meet with Sean to look at their goals. On a really high note, one of our young people has just successfully transitioned into a flatting situation. We have one vacancy (that is looking like it will be filed by the end of the week!).
Dunedin Little Citizens
The children performed some songs for the families and there was Matariki artwork on the walls. We have a lot of new families to the centre and they were blown away by the organisation of the event, the scrumptious food and the generosity of Little Citizens and the Methodist Mission to put on a dinner for free. The celebration was the busiest event we have held, with some families not being able to attend after we had over 170 whanau members confirm they were attending.