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Youth in Emergency Services (YES) Programme update

17 May 2017

A recruitment campaign giving youth the opportunity to become involved in our Youth in Emergency Service (YES) programme is now being proposed to run over the next July school holidays.

Thames YES group 2015

Thames YES Group 2015.

"We had promoted running the YES programme during the school term, but feedback received so far suggests that local youth would like to participate, but are already too busy with additional activities and it is hard to fit everything in,” says Julie Dennis, YES Programme Coordinator.

Taking this into account, and because our local emergency services are really keen to give young people the opportunity to find out about what is involved, we would like to gauge interest in the programme being run as an intensive 4 day ‘camp’ in Whangamata during the July school holidays (dates and details TBC), a minimum of 15 young people (ages 16-20 years old) are required.

Assistance will be available for transport costs or accommodation if youth from outside Whangamata would like to attend.

We need to know definite interest by the end of next week (Friday 26th May) and your preferred week of the holidays.

Also, if you would have liked to attend but were unable to, please let us know why so we can take this into account for future planning.

To register your interest please contact Julie Dennis email: or phone: 07 865 0072.

You can message us on Facebook or come say hi at our council office in Whangamata, 620 Port Rd (next to the library).

The YES programme is designed to strengthen young people's connection to their community by encouraging them to engage with a range of volunteer emergency services through hands-on work in these services.

The YES programme is run collaboratively with the volunteer Fire Services, St John, Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR), Thames Valley Civil Defence, our Council and local community-based volunteer emergency service partners, Coastguard NZ and Surf Life Saving NZ.

If you would like to hear previous experiences from the Youth in Emergency Services programme participants click here.

For more information see

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