• Social Work
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselling
  • Youth mentoring/ coaching
  • Access to professionals within health / youth services
  • Attendance Services - help young people stay in school

    Youth Engagement

    Our teams vision is to help young people realise their full potential and support them to create opportunities for their future. The Youth Service team, made up of youth coaches and social workers support this vision by connecting young people into education and employment.

    If you’re aged between 16-17 years old, haven’t quite got NCEA level 1 and/or 2, and would like support to either stay in education or to find a course that will help lead you into a job, our Youth Coaches can help. We can pay for your drivers licence, help you create a CV and get a job - whatever it takes to make your dreams come true come and see us!

    The Youth Service team also takes care of all the Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment applications in the Horowhenua region. Check out our Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment page for more info.

    NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)

    • Are you 16 or 17 years old?
    • Got dreams of what you want to be doing when you turn 18 but don’t know how you’re going to get there?
    • Haven’t quite got NCEAL level 1 and/or 2?
    • Would you like some help to either stay in school, get into a course or start preparing for work?

    Youth coaches can help put together a plan for you to achieve NCEA level 1 & 2 either at school or in a course. Working with a youth coach means one on one support and regular catch ups to ensure that you’re staying on track to achieve your goals. Having a youth coach is like having a mentor to take you through the motions of working on your CV, managing your time with study and start preparing for work.

    Youth Payment Young Parent Payment

    Youth Payment (YP)
    The Youth Payment (or Independent Youth Benefit) is a weekly payment that you may be entitled to if can’t live at home. There are certain criteria that you must meet to be eligible. If you’re aged 16-20 years old, give us a call and we can talk about eligibility and how to apply.

    Young Parent Payment
    The Young Parent Payment is a weekly payment for young parents aged 16-20 years old to help financially support themselves and their baby. The payment is available to both mothers and fathers, and there is certain criteria that you must meet to be eligible. The payment cannot begin until the baby is born, but you can start the application before the birth. Give us a call and we can talk you through the process.

    Work Ready

    If you're a young person who wants help with career planning this is the place to go. We have a fully dedicated Youth Employment Co-ordinator - Laura Greig. She can help you with your CV, give you useful tips for job seeking, and may be able to place you in work experience or into a job!