The COVID-19 Lock-Down

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything the majority of New Zealanders would have ever experienced before.

At at 11:59 pm on 25 March, New Zealand went in to  Lockdown completely and drastically changing life for all kiwis.

Social distancing and isolation are the new norm, and the effects on mental wellness has taken its toll.

National helpline organisations such as Youthline have seen a surge in the number of young Kiwis accessing its services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a recent survey highlighting the negative impact Level 4 lockdown has had on their mental health.

The main reasons young Kiwis felt their mental health had been negatively impacted while in lockdown included feelings of isolation, missing face-to-face connection and those living in toxic environments.

Knowing full well the toll this lock-down would take on the wellness of young people, the Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust immediately took action to completely change the way we provide support and development for young people over this time.

Our Support

The trust have continued to provide essential health services for young people, employment support and coaching has continued using technology to connect and profile young people and a range of youth development progammes and activities has provided young people with essential connection, learning and entertainment.

A range of fitness and well-being videos are broadcasted via the trusts Facebook page encouraging rangatahi to stay fit and healthy from within their bubble.

Fitness with Scooby and Fem

Hey there, hope everyone is doing ok in their bubbles? If you need a little motivation, inspiration or just feeling 'blah', tune in every week for some fitness stuff with Scooby and Fem. We will post different stuff each week and if there is something you want to see get in touch or comment below.

Posted by Rotorua Youth Centre on Monday, April 20, 2020

Youth Development Programmes

A total of four unique and innovative youth development programmes have been written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; to increase connectedness, build the confidence and resilience of young people; and to create a space/platform for young people to develop skills over the lockdown period.

Online Video Recording Programme – aims to build young people’s positive attitudes, communication skills, confidence and resiliency. giving rangatahi a platform to express/invent themselves in a new capacity, sharing encouraging messages, fun content and insight of what life is like in the day of a young person.

Vlog and Editing Workshop

Kia ora Whanau! We have another awesome workshop for you all to get involved in from home! To register for any workshops head to http://www.rotoruayouthcentre.org/workshop-registration/This is a basic Vlogging and Editing workshop – For more information please comment or message our page and we will respond as soon as we can 🙂#Lessssshhhhggooooooo

Posted by Rotorua Youth Centre on Saturday, April 11, 2020

Game Build/Live Streaming Workshop – creates yet another fun and engaging mechanism to keep young people busy and create positive connections outside of the home and online in a safe environment over the lockdown period. This programme also develops teamwork, cooperation, communication; and by creating custom maps it will encourage craftsmanship, proficient time management and self-discipline

Gaming Workshop

Make sure to secure your spot today on our brand new gaming workshop, learn to build and edit as well as create custom maps / game modes that will be tested on a weekly basis. Sign up for this workshop to get the opportunity to win prizes and giveaways.Click here to register NOW: http://www.rotoruayouthcentre.org/events/creative-mode/#SHAKEnBAKE#DR_ANARKY#RYC/YDT

Posted by Rotorua Youth Centre on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Online Music Workshop – aims to build young people’s confidence and resiliency; and increase and sharpen young people’s creative skills. It gives rangatahi a platform to express/invent themselves in a new capacity, sharing encouraging messages and insight of what life is like in the day of a young person.

Kia ora Team! We have been stirring up some awesome workshops for you all to get involved with!To register for any workshops head to http://www.rotoruayouthcentre.org/workshop-registration/This is an online music programme – One on one basic music tutoring and Rap – For more information please comment or message our page and we will respond as soon as we can :)#Lessssshhhhggooooooo

Posted by Rotorua Youth Centre on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Online Radio Workshop –  using the platform of our for youth by youth radio station POWER 88.3, this programme aims to build young people’s positive attitudes, communication skills, teamwork, thinking skills, confidence and resiliency, giving rangatahi a platform to express themselves and their key messages for their specific communities of peers, whānau and others in the broadcast area; connecting with their whānau and communities; exploring and expressing their ideas, opinions, culture, values and identity; remotely from home.

Lockdown Lunatics Video Podcast Ep 2

Episode 2 – Check out the podcast from the Lockdown Lunatics. Recorded after the show on Friday 17th of APril

Posted by Rotorua Youth Centre on Sunday, April 19, 2020

Getting Involved

For more information on these programmes head to the Rotorua Youth Centres ‘Whats-On’ page.