24-7 Youth Work at Hobsonville Point Secondary School

Hobsonville Community Trust has had a partnership with the Hobsonville Point Secondary School since 2014 that has involved our Trust providing 24-7 Youth Work.  Please note that, in 2020, we are currently re-building our capacity and therefore have paused our provision during this time.

24-7 YouthWork was started in Christchurch in the early Nineties (officially named in 2000) and is now 71 schools nationwide including approximately 15-20% of schools in Auckland. There are now approximately 175 youth workers nation-wide.

Our approach is to employ two 24-7 YouthWorkers and a Youth Work Team Leader who together provide a total of 20 hours to HPSS per week on average working with students and staff at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. This focuses on five key outcomes:

  • Supporting students and complementing the input of staff.
  • Building positive relationships with students and staff.
  • Cultivating school spirit.
  • Leadership development of students.
  • Integration with suitable out-of-school activities for students.

All 24-7 Youth Workers recognise that there is a huge range of different beliefs in a school context and are respectful of this. Our role is to be there for all young people. We focus on what we have in common with our school – we want to see young people succeed and flourish in their future. Our school has a say in any activity at all times. Gavin Gunston is our key contact for this partnership and can be contacted by clicking here for direct contact details.

During each year of our provision, the Hobsonville Community Trust completes regular reports for Hobsonville Point Secondary School which explains in more detail what our youth workers have been focussing on within the school and their key focuses looking ahead. The latest 24-7 YouthWork Report can be found by clicking here.

24-7 YouthWork is run on a joint community/school/church funding model so if you would like to financially support or sponsor our 24-7 Youth Work at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, please click here for more information.

Both Ryman Healthcare and the Upper Harbour Board have been key community supporters during the first six years of 24-7 YouthWork provision and we acknowledge and sincerely thank them for the important role they have played in ensuring the sustainability of our youth work in and around Hobsonville Point. Because of their support, we have been able to average over 23 hours of youth work over six years, involving over 5600 one-on-one conversations, over 22,800 group connections and over 19,000 total student attendance in events that our youth workers have supported or been involved with. We also thank the Department of Internal Affairs Community Organisation Grant Scheme, Lichfield Trusts, Hunt Trust,s Stewards Trust, Harcourts Cooper & Co and the many other organisations who have also supported our 24-7 YouthWork provision in our earlier years.