CHILDREN 1st Charitable Trust

Our Focus

VISION

To build a resilient community where everyone is treasured.

MISSION STATEMENT

To support the development of social, emotional and life skills of young people and their families.

CORE VALUES

Our four core values are:
Justice , Integrity, Respect and Courage… Read More

About

CHILDREN 1st Charitable Trust fulfils the intent of The Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage.

Registered Trust CHILDREN 1st Charitable Trust is a non profit organisation registered with the Charities Commission.
Trust Registration Number: CC49467
Incorporated and registered in May 2013

Organisational Purpose The purpose of CHILDREN 1st Charitable Trust is to establish and operate services for young people and their families to support the development of social, emotional and life skills, with a view to assist them to make a more worthwhile contribution to society.
Our Trust aims to provide external, evidenced based programmes for children in a school setting, that fall within the middle to low range of needing social and emotional support. This objective is to help prevent them falling into the high risk category where they will require an ongoing high level of support.

OUR TRUST

CHILDREN 1st Charitable Trust was established in 2013 because our Trustees recognised a need to provide primary school aged children with extra support to improve their confidence, self esteem and teach them strategies to help them better cope with life today.
CHILDREN 1st is based in Cambridge and we currently offer & facilitate Resilience Programmes for children and their parents in the Cambridge Primary Schools.
We have received ongoing support from both Community Waikato to assist in the development of our Trust and Herbert Morton Accountants in Cambridge.
Our Trustees have a positive and mutual respect for each other, are all motivated to help children and passionate about the Trust’s cause.
Three of our Trustees teach in schools in the Waikato and have been actively involved in education and the community for more than 20 years. It is very evident to our Trust that there is an increasing number of children and families that need extra support in coping with the challenges of daily life.
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Susan Lyon

Chief Executor
Profession – Primary Teacher
Sue is a registered Primary teacher who has worked in multi cultural settings for 30 years.
During that time she has worked in south Auckland as a Senior Teacher and a Deputy Principal at Mauke Primary, in the Cook Islands. Read More
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Tania Morrison

Chairperson
Profession – Principal Tainui Full Primary
My name is Tania Morrison. I am currently the Principal of Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa and I have 20 years experience working with children… Read More
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Pauline Baty

Secretary
Profession – Primary Teacher
My name is Pauline Baty. I am a Primary Teacher with many years experience in Primary and Preschool. My current position is the Transition to School Teacher, in a Reception Room, at Leamington Primary School in Cambridge… Read More
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Sandra Hadfield

Treasurer
Profession – Accountants & Property
Sandra’s expertise lies in financial management, particularly in the education and residential construction sectors. During the 17 years Sandra was the finance officer of a school in the Waikato, from 1994 to 2012, she came to… Read More

Programmes

CHILDREN 1st provides Resilience programmes in Cambridge schools for children aged 5 – 13 years, primarily free of charge.
All programmes are run by Registered teachers who are trained and experienced facilitators.
Children will benefit from gaining confidence, resilience, self esteem, empathy, social skills, building friendships by bringing in an external programme. (FRIENDS For Life)
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RESEARCH SHOWS

One in five adults and children suffer from anxiety and depression. This is more prevalent than ADHD, drug use, or any other mental health problem. Only 5% of cases receive intervention! ( Andrews, 2005 )
Anxiety and depressive disorders make up 60% of school and work difficulties ( Andrews 2005 ) New Zealand communities have one of the highest rates of bullying, mental health issues, youth suicide and family violence.
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Testimonials