In 1999 the Anglican Church of Greymouth and Kumara
appointed a new youth worker by the name of Nicky Mora. Her husband Tim had
just arrived in the Parish as a trainee priest and both had had experience
in youthwork. Very quickly under their joint leadership the youth group grew
and expanded into a community based youth project for the young people of
the Grey District with administration and oversight support provided by the
church. The church's support also includes the provision of
"The Shed," a multi-purpose youth activities centre
with an amazing range of facilities. The project has been very successful
with around 20% of the High School aged young people in the Grey District
currently on the total roll.
The project was put in place because it was
recognised that on the Coast young people can miss out on opportunities and
don't always have the support they need to get through the teenage years
and the struggles that brings easily. It was in recognition of this that
the Greymouth Churches Community Youth Project was established and gathered
together an amazingly dedicated team of volunteers. The aims of the project
are to provide weekly and other programmes and activities that meet the needs
of the young people in the Grey District in a safe and controlled environment.
These programmes include social, recreational and skills learning activities.
Camps and outdoor wilderness activities (often subsidised). We involve ourselves
community initiatives and run
social justice projects. We have been members of the
West Coast Youth Workers
Collective, network with
Oranga Tamariki, the High Schools,
the police and District Council and have twice been awarded the supreme
Trustpower Award for overall
best community project in the Grey District.
Our amazing and dedicated leadership