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​SWEET project to wind down in South Taranaki following Govt decision

Last Updated: May 2016

The Government has decided to end five social sector trials, including the South Taranaki trial on June 30, 2016. Tui Ora was the service provider funded by government to lead the trial in South Taranaki. The remaining 11 trials will finish six months later.

The trial named SWEET (South working to Enable and Empower Teens) was a project working with and for young people aged between 12 and 18 years in South Taranaki.

It was established three years ago as a model for trialing a community-based approach to funding and co-ordinating support services for young people and their whānau in South Taranaki.

It brought agencies, community groups and other organisations together to reduce offending, truancy and alcohol and drug-related harm as well as improve engagement in education, training and employment. The good relationships that were in place in South Taranaki have been further built on.

SWEET was a catalyst for some different initiatives where agencies came together for the benefit of young people and their whānau. Whilst the funding and contract for SWEET will finish, many of the initiatives and new ways of working will continue.

This includes the three working groups in support of young people for truancy, youth offending and education to employment.

An advisory group chaired by South Taranaki mayor Ross Dunlop is also committed to meeting on a quarterly basis to continue initiatives and planning in support of young people.

The advisory group met with the MSD Social Sector Trials Programme Office Manager on Monday to be updated on the decision to end this trial, as well as the others in place around the country.

Ruth Smithers, Tui Ora General Manager, Business Development & Corporate Services says that significant work has gone into collaboration between agencies , community groups and key stakeholders in the past three years. This has led to improved outcomes for the young of South Taranaki and there are positive signs of the work continuing.

Further background information

  • SWEET was established in 2013 as one of a number of Social Sector Trials run around the country.
  • Tui Ora was the service provider funded by the MSD to help trial the service in South Taranaki.
  • It had four key outcomes: To reduce offending, reduce truancy, reduce alcohol and drug-related harm and improve engagement in education, training and employment.
  • An advisory group chaired by Mayor Ross Dunlop included 21 representatives from a range of agencies, organisations, iwi, schools and other providers.

For further details contact:

Ruth Smithers

Tui Ora General Manager, Business Development & Corporate Services

06 759 4064 or ruth.smithers@tuiora.co.nz

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