Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow

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Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow provides support for children aged five to 12 years old across Canterbury.

Mana Ake kaimahi work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions.

Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers and youth workers. Kaimahi can work with individual children and their families at school, in the community or at home and with groups of children in schools. They provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and family/ whānau.

Mana Ake is now available to children in schools across Canterbury. Have a look at the list to find out when your school will have access to Mana Ake and talk with them about making a request for support.

There are three key elements of the Mana Ake initiative – additional FTE, changing the way we work and the web-based Leading Lights tool.

 

FTE

Kaimahi are employed directly by 13 non-government organisations (NGOs) who make up the provider network. They operate as a virtual team and are flexible to quickly respond to the needs of a child as wellbeing concerns arise.


Changing the way we work

Mana Ake, alongside the Learning Support delivery approach, promotes collaboration to enable clusters of schools, kura and early childhood education (ECE) to work with support services ensuring that resources are targeted most effectively to those who need them.

Mana Ake works with and through school communities by complementing and enhancing existing pastoral care support to intervene early means we can stop some children’s needs escalating.


Leading Lights

Leading Lights is a website designed specifically for teachers and education professionals which helps them to identify children with specific health, learning or wellbeing needs and provide ideas and strategies of about how these children are best supported within schools.

Guidance includes recognising and responding to a child’s mental and physical health, behavioural or learning needs; advice and resources for supporting individual children, the class, the family/whānau, and support agencies; and how to request specialist and support services in the local education and health systems.

E atawhai ana mātou

Te whakatōkia o ngā kakano i ruia mai

E nga māhuri tōtara e tipu ana mō āpōpō.

Nā tātou katoa hei awhi te kaupapa,

Hei mana ake te tū tauira tonu ai.

Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.

 

We nurture and protect

the seeds sown near and far,

so that they may grow into mighty totara for a not so distant tomorrow.

We embrace our responsibility,

To encourage students on a path of lifelong learning.

Unified, Together, Strong.

 
Latest news

Mana Ake ‘shows what’s possible when communities come together’

The Minister of Health took the opportunity to talk to children, teachers and special education needs coordinators (SENCOs) today when he visited Christchurch to talk about the innovative initiative providing wellbeing and mental health support to children.

Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow offers support for children in schools years 1-8 who are experiencing ongoing concerns that impact their wellbeing including anxiety, parental separation, grief and loss or managing emotion.

In his visit to Fendalton Open Air School on Clyde Road, the Minister of Health Hon Dr David Clark said: “I want to acknowledge the work that’s already been done and the success already of the programme.

“I’m told that over 500 children have been supported individually and 120 in groups so far; that 165 schools are already involved in the programme and that a further 57 will come on board in April. That’s pretty impressive in a short time.”

The initiative was launched by the Prime Minister in February last year as the first stage of the Government’s plan to deliver dedicated mental health support to children in school years 1-8 across Canterbury.

Minister Clark continued: “Mana Ake aligns very well with the approach that our Prime Minister has signalled, having New Zealand as the best place in the world to grow up as a child. My key focus areas are mental health and equity - ensuring that everybody can access services no matter how deep their wallets, which part of town they come from or what their background is – and these things coincide with a programme like Mana Ake.”

The Minister emphasised that mental health is a significant issue for communities up and down the country and that we need to respond innovatively.

Addressing the kaimahi (workers) who work with schools to deliver Mana Ake he said: “Governments have a part to play, but it’s actually communities coming together that make it work. You are an important part of that wider mental health response and showing just what is possible when communities come together. I really wanted to pay respect today and thank you for the work that you’re doing – it’s incredibly important to the future of the children you are serving.”

Mana Ake kaimahi work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss, and managing emotions.

They can work with individual children and their families at school, in the community or at home; and with groups of children in schools. They also provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and family/ whānau.

In her welcome the school’s Principal, Raewyn Saunders, said: “Mana Ake has been a life changer for us. It’s been focused around addressing our children’s needs immediately, nipping issues in the bud rather than waiting and letting them escalate. We treasure our relationships with our kaimahi and we feel very privileged to be on the Mana Ake journey.”

Canterbury Clinical Network is responsible for leading the design and delivery of the initiative, which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Canterbury DHB, Police, non-government organisations and consumers.

The kaimahi, recruited directly by 13 non-government organisations which make up the provider network, have a diverse range of skills and include social workers, counsellors, teachers, youth workers and psychologists. They work in schools, homes and communities.

Justine Bartlett, liaison kaimahi for Fendalton Open Air School, provided a welcome. She said: “We have five kaimahi from five NGO providers so we bring a range of skills to support children, whānau and schools. The schools in this cluster quickly made us welcome, it’s been our pleasure to work with them to shape how Mana Ake works for them. This is a developing approach and we’re excited to be part of it.”

The final roll-out of Mana Ake will take place in April this year, making it available to all children in school years 1-8 from Kaikoura to Ashburton. To find out more about Mana Ake, visit the CCN Website.

Mana Ake map - cluster skills/ contacts
  • KEY CONTACTS

Project Lead

Clare Shepherd

E: clare.shepherd@ccn.health.nz

P:  021 549 875

Project Team

Murray Roberts

E: Murray.Roberts@cdhb.health.nz

Desiree Ettmuller

E: Desiree.Ettmuller@ccn.health.nz

P:  022 073 2461

Caralyn Purvis

E: Caralyn.Purvis@cdhb.health.nz

Team Leaders

Maria Lui - 021 332 048

Joel Brittenden - 020 4177 0038

Kate Walkinshaw - 027 886 5780

Malcolm Gooch - 027 270 6733

Liz Riley - 021 316 960

Antoinette Lewis - 027 275 4229

Fiona Wells - 022 060 6653

Sandra Keenan - 021 128 4820

Media enquiries

Elly Edwards

E: elly.edwards@ccn.health.nz

P:  021 683 728