Lifewise Youth Housing – COVID-19 update

Kia ora koutou,

Following the advice from our Prime Minister, we will be adjusting the way that we work over this time.

As we are regarded an essential service, we will be continuing to offer support to our rangatahi during this time. This support will look different as we all adjust to the new reality of level 4 lockdown, and work together to unite against Covid-19.

Over the next few days our team will be connecting with each of our rangatahi and reviewing their safety plans, and supporting them to prepare for the lockdown. Once we move into Level 4, we will be reducing unnecessary face to face contact.

Our onsite offices will continue to be staffed, and will have a maximum of one Youth Worker per site at any given time. The rest of our team will be working from home, and connecting with our rangatahi remotely. This means that we will be able to respond to incidents, and will also be able to – if absolutely necessary – attend to provide support.

During Level 3 and Level 4, we will not – at this stage – be able to take new rangatahi into the service. If the lock down continues past the 4 weeks we’re currently preparing for, this may be reviewed, providing we can find a way to do this safely.

We will continue processing the referrals we currently have, to the extent which this is possible. That way, if we do move back into level 2, we can move swiftly.

We ask that during this time, that – for the health and safety of our rangatahi and staff – that our partners limit their visits to our sites, and that if a visit is absolutely necessary that you follow MOH guidelines for preventing the spread, and inform our team so that we can keep a record of everyone that comes on site.

This is uncharted territory for all of us. We know that this will be a time of extreme vulnerability for our rangatahi, and even though our country is going to lockdown, that many of the challenges our rangatahi face, will not disappear. Our team is exploring creative ways to engage with our rangatahi during this time, and we will be piloting new ways to connect and engage with our rangatahi over the lock down period. If your service is continuing, and you are able to also reach out to your young people – in any capacity – that will be invaluable.

We will also be aiming to have food and essentials stocked at our sites that can be accessed in the case of an emergency, so if your service, or any of your contacts are in the position to support us with this, please get in touch.

We thank you for your support, and service of our rangatahi over this uncertain time. This is a hard time for everyone, but together, we will make it through.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Nga mihi,

Aaron Hendry
Youth Housing Team Leader

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