An organisation that supports youth and their families in a host of ways is moving to renovated offices.
From February 10, Taranaki Youth Services will be located on the corner of Grey and Princes Streets in Hawera; previously it has been at 1 Glover Road.
Team Leader Julie Armstrong says it will now be based in the same offices as Tui Ora, giving it easier access to the range of services provided by the health and social services provider including those focused on mental health support for the young.
“It makes sense to co-locate to the same premises.We are part of the wider Tui Ora organisation and by sharing the office we can encourage greater collaboration and working together for the young people and whānau of South Taranaki.”
Also located on the same site is SWEET (South Working to Enable and Empower Teens). This team works with young people in a district-wide project to reduce offending, truancy, and alcohol and drug harm, as well as increase the number of young people in education, training and employment.
Tui Ora has recently refurbished the Hawera office to make better use of the central space and ensure it can be staffed for more regular hours.
Taranaki Youth Service helps young people aged between 16-18 to access education, training or work-based learning. Staff support young people to make good choices through mentoring and initiatives such as budgeting, parenting and educational programmes.
As well as the Hawera office there is a Youth Service office in Devon St West, New Plymouth.