Our Social Impact:
Increased Social Cohesion
Social value of approximately $2.1million
Participation in the award continues to explore social connections and increase young peoples sense of belonging. The social value report found that through participating in the award, young people are more likely to engage in their community through making friends and participating more in voluntary service.
Blue Light works in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award to deliver the Award in various communities, rural secondary schools and in partnership with Refugee groups and the Police. Blue Light have developed Whakapuawai, a marae-based version of this programme to meet the needs of Cultural Responsiveness within many of these communities.
“Providing opportunities for our young people to develop and connect with our communities has so many physical, mental and emotional wellbeing benefits. Creating opportunities for our youth to connect with all generations throughout our communities has resulted in our rangatahi becoming more connected through improved social cohesion, and therefore making a greater social impact within Aotearoa”.
The Award also launched an Environmental programme names the Kākāriki Journey that enables the community to connect with nature.
More about this Mahi:
- Blue Light is an organisation with a mission to reduce the incidence of young people becoming an offender or victim of crime and encourage better relations between the police, young people, their parents and the community. Click here to learn how the Award is working with Blue Light to increase Social Cohesion in our communities.
- In a time where connection with elderly is more important than ever, Lauren Scullin and Shirley Macdonald have formed a close friendship through reading. To learn more about Lauren's awesome service to Shirley, click here.