Making a house a home - video transcript
The house is called Te Whare Ahuru Ō Tukanae, which means the sheltering house of Tukanae.
We just wanted a house for the young people to come in, feel safe, feel like they’re sheltered – just in a really safe, warming home.
Little touches like the games – it just feels more homely and I’m really excited for young people to see this.
What we hope to achieve with the kids is just a place where they feel like it’s their home, a place where they can be safe, to find that hope again.
Some of the stuff that we’ll be doing – I know there’s a study support and then there’s going to be some dance classes starting up and a few other events that we’ll be running so yeah we’ll definitely be getting the kids involved.
Young people come here and they’ve been through significant trauma and it’s important they come here feeling that love, feeling supported, they actually walk in the door and think this is a nice, warm, loving home.
And that’s what we’ve done here, and what Eastern Southern Youth Trust have done too, so to me that’s really exciting.