The Warehouse supports Skylight Travellers

23 September 2015

The Warehouse presented Skylight’s CEO Heather Henare with a cheque at this weekend’s The Warehouse Region 5 Conference in Hamilton.

The $77,300 cheque is for Skylight to provide its life skills building programme to schools in the Central and Eastern North Island.  The Warehouse stores in the region partnered with Skylight’s Traveller’s Programme in 2014, using their Add-a-dollar campaign to customers at the checkout if they wished to add a dollar to support the Skylight programme. 

Skylight is very grateful for the funding, as it will allow more schools in the area to have access to the Traveller’s Programme.

At the heart of Travellers is a two day training programme, teaching school staff (teachers, social workers, nurses etc) how to use the programme most effectively.   Some of the Warehouse money is for the travel and accommodation costs for rural, isolated schools to attend the training.   The Warehouse money also pays for extra Travellers resources, books, games and information, the training itself and access to the on-going Travellers programme.  Travellers supports students at school by helping them develop key life skills, enabling them to cope with their thoughts and feelings in a difficult situations. 

“It’s all about prevention, ensuring young people get the skills they need to deal with difficult times ahead of them” says Skylight Chief Executive Heather Henare.

Through the funding so far 23 schools in the region have signed up to Travellers, 54 staff have been trained and 552 students have attended the programme in the Bay of Plenty region. This is an excellent outcome for this region and also for The Warehouse Region 5.

Stores involved in the fundraising campaign include Taupo, Tokoroa, Whakatane, Tauranga Central, Fraser Cove, Papamoa, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings and Napier.

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