Each year ESYT runs a holiday program during Summer and then 1 in winter. They always have a theme In Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 the theme was “Outdoor Summer” We created opportunities for the young people to have a range of activities outside, to visit places in Wellington they hadn’t seen before, to get them enjoying the outdoors. This summer was used to help the young people get used to being outside and in nature and our plan in the following summer holidays (Dec 2018/Jan2019) is to build on the theme of Outdoors and give them camping experiences from cabins to tenting.
In the winter holidays the theme was “This is us” As an organisation ESYT was part of a powhiri with Strathmore Community Church and together we were welcomed onto St Georges Church in Seatoun by the Miramar Peninsular Parish – this now our base, where we as an organisation call home. So humbling and such a priviledge to be here. In an effort to help build a bridge of understanding between the Miramar Peninsular Parish and the young people and whanau of Strathmore, these holidays were spent practising and finding ways for the young people to find their voices. We are thankful to VOICE Arts for the coaching given to the young people, and “This is Us” Showcase was an evening where everyone joined together and connected and got to see and hear the young people expressing who they are.