Launch of the Skylight Resilience Hub
Skylight Trust launched a new Resilience Hub today. A digital resource to help children, young people, their whānau and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand to navigate through times of trauma, loss, and grief by building resilient communities across Aotearoa, New Zealand.
As part of the Hub development work, Ministries and funders supported Skylight to develop community partnerships with organisations and individuals throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, with the aim of growing diversity, building capability and delivering more trauma informed services.
Skylight is connecting services through its Resilience Hub, an accessible platform that leverages existing specialist services provided by Skylight partners and others, alongside the specific services that Skylight offers. The Hub provides online resources for people to build a kete of resilience tools to draw on in challenging times, including for parents and care givers, and those supporting others in times of need. It brings together resources from the community, and shares these through the Hub to support building resilience.
The Hub features two new web-series that tackle real issues affecting young people across the country. For communities, professionals, groups and individuals there is new online training content, access to knowledge and tools to help get them through difficult times. This ensures users have access to a holistic suite of the services that people need.
“People are crying out for help, but often they don’t know where to start. Anyone can connect to us in a way that works for them. The Hub will ensure discretion and ease of access, wherever you are in the country,” says Skylight’s Chief Executive, Heather Henare.
“Skylight has built something in a way that is unique through a collaborative investment model. We have connected the support provided by the Ministry of Education, Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, Internet NZ and the Todd Foundation to develop a dynamic hub that connects young people, families, whānau and communities, “ Heather Henare says. “At Skylight we have maximised use of our resources and connections in the public, private and community sectors, as well as family and friends.”
“Skylight is deeply grateful for the support from the Ministry of Education who provided the funding for the infrastructure and development of the Hub. An inclusive investment strategy enabled other ministries such as Oranga Tamariki and Te Puni Kōkiri to partner with us. Skylight Trust also had support from Internet NZ and the Todd Foundation, whose funding enabled the development of a web series and training and development of trauma informed webinars,” Heather Henare says, “the Resilience Hub has been developed to bring the right help, at the right time, in the right way to people and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand”.
“The Resilience Hub will have a positive impact on the well-being and lives of New Zealanders,” says Heather.
Later today, Hon. Tracey Martin, Minister for Children and Associate Minister of Education will host an event at Parliament to celebrate the launch the Resilience Hub, and Hon. Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education will speak briefly about well-being in education. Performing at the event is the Porirua Kapa Haka rōpū with Haley Grace-Hollis performing ‘Hold On’, an acoustic song written after losing four of her siblings to suicide.
To access the Resilience Hub go to: www.skylight.org.nz