General Manager Dale Rasmussen says their teachers are available to deliver Digital Learning via Zoom video calls to rangatahi in the Residential Remand homes. The main focus for teachers during lockdown has been to provide rangatahi with activities to keep their minds and bodies active – this supports their wellbeing.
“Rangatahi who are in the transition to adulthood service are probably the group that require the most support during lockdown so we have provided food vouchers, phones and helped them stay connected through providing phone credit and internet connections.”
Mentors are also providing support remotely via text, phone, video call and gaming platforms.
“A lot of the time we check in with our young people to support their wellbeing, but also to find out what’s happening in the home and how we can provide resource and support to the whānau. We also see a critical part of our role as sharing or connecting whānau with important information like COVID testing, vaccinations and how to stay safe.”