A crucial part of our work at CRC is providing transitionary residential services for tamariki and rangatahi for 12 to 25-year-olds. Often coming from difficult backgrounds, our young residents have been in care for many years and have the wrap-around care and support of CRC in order to succeed in life. While the challenges they face are significant, there are also many success stories of youth who lead happy and successful lives.
Two such residents we are incredibly proud of are Josh and Isiah. The two lads have recently competed in the Canterbury Special Olympics in Timaru. This was the first time the two have belonged to any form of a team, so to participate in such a tournament was a fantastic achievement. And it wasn’t just the event itself that Josh and Isiah took part in. They also undertook weekly soccer training to prepare themselves for the competition.
“Our younger residents have been displaced a lot in their lives,” says Annie McNicol, General Manager at CRC Ltd. “It can be a struggle for them to develop the skills of developing friendships and being part of a team. So, to compete in such a tournament while showing great sportsmanship is something they can both be very proud of.”
The pair performed so well in their tournament with two wins, two draws and one loss, they will now advance to the next stage of the competition in Nelson later this year.
For all of our younger residents, we work to help them make good choices and build healthy relationships. With this in mind, we took some of the residents to Mt Hutt last month for some tobogganing fun together. Almost all the members of the group had never seen snow before, and through these new experiences, they built new and healthy relationships.
Ka pai ki a tatou rangatahi!