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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
YES (Youth in Emergency Services) programme is fast approaching and we are
after teenagers, aged between 16 and 19 years old, who want to learn more about
the emergency services. Registrations
close on 20 August 2017.
To find out
more about what YES Camp, what to expect and what happens next we spoke to Dale
Atkinson, a Year 13 Student from Kaiapoi High School who attended YES Camp last
from a long line of volunteers with three generations of his own family
volunteering for St John Ambulance. Dale
says, “When I first heard about the YES Camp I was really interested in taking
part as I wanted to learn more about the different emergency services and what
they do in our community.“
“It was an
awesome experience, I got to learn heaps of new skills, meet lots of different
people I wouldn’t normally have met before,” Dale recalls.
starts on 2 October running through until 6 October and is being held at the
Glentui Lodge. Participants go on to volunteer for 3 months with a service of
their choice. The programme is designed
to provide participants with an introduction to emergency services including:
Bayler from the Waimakariri District Council’s Community team says, “We had
really positive feedback from our participants last year and we are really keen
to make this year’s camp just as good.” She said they want participants to gain
practical experience, skills for life and live saving at this camp. “Our local
emergency services are looking forward to working alongside our young people making
their time at camp challenging, enjoyable and fun,” she exclaimed.
The camp is
filled with entertaining activities that are more hand-ons than theory and
complimented with local guest speakers during the post dinner sessions. The highlight of the week, says Dale, was the
final exercise on the last day which was a simulated emergency situation “It was great to use all the practical skills working
together in that final exercise and was really good to be able to have our
parents along too as they could see how much we had learned.”
to spend his volunteer placement with NZ Coastguard and enjoyed training with
the team every week and working with such a great bunch of people. Dale continues to volunteer for his local
Coastguard and is looking forward to turning 18 so he can sign up fulltime.
those teenagers out there who are thinking of giving it a go, Dale reckons
“Just go for it, you’ll learn heaps, meet lots of great people, gain lots of
experience and have fun too.”
more go to http://hurunuiyouth.co.nz/yes-camp-2017/
This is a
joint venture between Waimakariri, Selwyn and Hurunui Districts
Contact: Leanne Bayler
Phone: 0800 965 468