Otago Community Trust, August 2015 Donations

15 Sep 2015

Media Release

Youthline Otago has just received a $15,000 boost from the Otago Community Trust to help it run its Helpline Programme.

Youthline Otago is one of nine New Zealand hubs to run a dedicated youth helpline, the service available via phone, text, email and now webchat.

Youthline Otago Manager Brian Lowe said it is serving a growing need – last year the helpline dealt with 14,000 individuals in Otago alone, with 900 phone calls, and 13,000 text messages sent, up on the previous year. Enquires they dealt with ranged from simple referrals, through to helping young people with serious issues such as bullying, anxiety, depression, and suicide.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Otago Community Trust; the grant is invaluable in helping us meet on-going costs and to provide essential volunteer training and development.”

Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said one of the Trust’s priority funding areas is Youth Health and Wellbeing. “This donation recognises the need for a helpline in Otago, and the importance of Youthline’s work with the region’s young people.”

The Otago Community Trust donations for August totalled $270,800, to 29 Otago organisations.

Ms Bridger said the grants are meeting a large range of community needs, from helping the Tuvalu community travel to Oamaru for Independence Day celebrations, to assisting with Warrington Primary School’s pool upgrade, and helping Musical Theatre Oamaru produce the Broadway musical “The Addams Family" at the Oamaru Opera House over September.

Support also included a major grant to the Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust to assist with stage one of its restoration project. The 110-year-old prison, which is a listed historic building, needs considerable repairs to preserve it and achieve compliance, improving the structure, stonework and slate roof. It is also hoped some of the building’s unique features may be restored.

The Trust runs tours through the prison in the summer months.

Prison Trust funding Manager Owen Graham said the Otago Community Trust funding was timely, the support qualifying them to apply for national environment and heritage grants. “Thanks to the Otago Community Trust, we are so much further down the track of raising the $350,000 needed for this stage of the restoration project.”

The Otago Community Trust is also backing the "WoolOn Creative Fashion Event" on October 9 and 10, part of this year’s Alexandra Blossom Festival. WoolOn, a showcase of creative design and fashion highlighting wool, has several new sections in this year’s event, including an international prize, and young emerging designers and novice designer’s awards.


Alexandra Blossom Festival Inc



Central Otago District Arts Trust



Momona Hockey Club



Tuvalu Community



Dunedin Pride Organising Committee 2013



Otago Malaysian Students' Association (OMSA)



Girl Guiding NZ - Western Hills District Jamboree Fundraising



Otago Fish & Game Council



Tainui School



Dunedin Ice Hockey Association



Operation New Direction Trust



Dunedin Curtain Bank Trust



West Dunedin Youth and Community Trust



Port Chalmers Rowing Club



The Otago Early Childhood & Schools Maori & Pacific Island Festival Trust



Youthline Otago Inc



Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society Inc



Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust



East Taieri School



Oamaru Athletic Marist Rugby Football Club



Oamaru Repertory Society Inc



Musical Theatre Oamaru



Literacy North Otago Inc



Public Health Association - Otago/Southland Branch



Hockey New Zealand



Institute for Child Protection Studies



Warrington Primary School



Mount Aspiring Outdoor Education Centre Trust



Wanaka Community Trust