1000 Days Trust
The 1000 Days Trust, a Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu initiative, has been launched in Christchurch.
The Minister for Māori Development and Whānau Ora, the Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, and Māori Party List Member of Parliament, Marama Fox launched the 1000 Days Trust promotional video (below)at Te Pūtahitanga head office in Christchurch this week.
The 1000 Days Trust aims to establish a specialised service for Southland babies and families during the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
Mata Cherrington (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi), Kairaranga / Relationships Manager of 1000 Days Trust, says the work the trust is undertaking is unique in that it listens to whānau as the key ‘stakeholder’ in determining a plan forward.
“We ensure whānau are at the centre of everything we do. For us, whānau needs come first and we ensure they have everything they need to be safe, and to overcome any challenges they face,” she says. “Our model ensures that the programme is entirely whānau-led.”
“The 1000 Days Trust takes an evidence-based approach supported by the University of Otago and Ihi Research, that realises early intervention with our pēpi at the centre, will ensure we change the trajectories for whānau,” says Mata.
“We recognise that one size does not fit all and we work with the whānau to ensure all their needs are met so that their pēpi can grow up in a healthy environment.”
The 1000 Days Trust takes a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach.
“We work with local practitioners, the community and the whānau to ensure our whānau have everything they need,” says Mata.
Currently the 1000 Days model consists of a pilot residential service and a comprehensive follow-up programme for whānau. But the 1000 Days Trust plans to expand depending on the needs of whānau.
“Our community understands the need for this programme and we are asking them to come with us on this journey and work together for the good of the whānau,” says Mata.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is the major investor in the 1000 Days Trust and Te Pūtahitanga Pouarahi/Chief Executive Helen Leahy says the initiative has been a great success story.
“The work by the 1000 Days Trust to date has been transformative for whānau and has demonstrated significant successes even in the first months of operation,” says Helen.
“The programme is a solution for whānau, which draws on their strengths and wraps the appropriate specialist support around them to enable them to be the best that they can be”
“What has been so exciting about the 1000 Days model is to see the way in which the community has mobilised themselves around the concept – we have seen quilts being crocheted, lawns being mowed, meals being made. That’s Whānau Ora in action!”
“There is nothing more urgent, than to get it right for every child; to enable whānau to be inspired by their own abilities to create a future full of promise” Helen says.