Taranaki Rangatahi and Youth Services
Tui Ora provides a range of services for youth.
Through its Taranaki Youth Service contract with the Ministry of Social Development it helps those aged between 16 and 18 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), or are receiving a Youth Payment (YP) or Young Parent Payment (YPP). Its staff support young people to make better choices by putting together individual action plans, linking them with education or training providers, and running initiatives around budgeting, parenting and training.
Our staff, which includes a multi-disciplinary team of youth workers, social workers, mental health clinicians, kaiāwhina and kaumātua, works in North, Central and South Taranaki. Read about the work of social worker Aroha Nuku here.
The mental health component of our youth services sees clinicians assessing and treating people aged up to 18. Issues might range from depression and associated symptoms to eating disorders and self-harm. Each young person has their own caseworker working alongside them and their whānau to provide intensive support. A dedicated worker can also work with those dealing with alcohol and drug problems with support ranging from counseling and education to assistance with medication or whānau therapy.
Read about youth worker Anne Russell and the support she offered to one of our clients Adam Holdin in the story 'Budding Chef has Anne to thank.' Sandi Cummings joins our staff in the Hawera office - read more about her work here.