'Men's shed' planned for troubled teens
A "men's shed" aimed at helping troubled teens is making its way to Highbury, following in the footsteps of its successful sister service.
Te Aroha Noa, a Palmerston North-based community services provider, has announced plans to build a 15-metre by 20-metre garage-type space to host a training facility for struggling teenage boys.
The Brentwood Ave service already provides a range of community programmes, from early childhood education to adult learning, family and violence-free programmes, as well as counselling.
On the list is a highly successful girls' alternative learning programme, which works at helping youth marginalised from mainstream schools or struggling with the education system.
There are plans to replicate this programme for boys.
Ripples first started in May, with the boys sharing the same space as the girls, but since then, an increase in students means more space is needed.
Chief executive Bruce Maden said the Te Aroha Noa's trust board ticked off plans this week, with construction set to start next month, after a funding boost.
A $30,000 Eastern and Central Community Trust donation, along with some financial support of trusts, private donors and businesses, pushed the project ahead.
Blueprints for the $200,000 structure show offices and kitchen facilities pencilled in, with data projectors, screen and heating units also sketched down.
The plan was for the building to become a top-class teaching and vocational training space, Maden said.
Already, Te Aroha Noa is host to three young men who work alongside the service's 10-plus girls' programme. Youth programme co-ordinator Daniel Fonotia said students were looking forward to getting their own space and had already dubbed the space "the men's shed" in anticipation.
"Like the girls' programme, there's a lot of young males out there who are obviously going through the same thing and may not have a lot of support. By bringing them into the programme, it's just walking alongside them and getting them back on track."
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