Our Team

We have a fantastic team of youth & support workers with over 30 years combined youth work experience!
JAMES HARRIS
JAMES HARRIS

Manager & Hornby Youth Worker

James loves connecting with young people through sports, especially basketball & paintball.

LIZZY MINISH
LIZZY MINISH

Kirkwood 24-7 & Kids Camp Support Worker

Lizzy connects with young people at Kirkwood but also runs programmes for youth across Christchurch

VICKY CHANDLER
VICKY CHANDLER

Hornby Community Youth Worker

Vicky runs our Hornby Youth Hangout, Teen Adventure Camps and is a 24-7 worker at Hornby High

PRISCILLA HARRIS
PRISCILLA HARRIS

Administrator

Priscilla looks after our accounts and anything else we throw her way!

JEREMY AITKEN
JEREMY AITKEN

Kirkwood 24-7 Youth Worker

Jeremy runs programmes and mentors young people at Kirkwood. He is studying towards a BA at Canterbury University

CDN VOLUNTEERS!
CDN VOLUNTEERS!

This Could Be You!!

Our awesome team of volunteers contributes 7900 hours of time to our Camps and Programmes every year!

Annual Report – 2015-16

Read what’s been happening over the last year and a look back at 20 years of CDN camps!

CDN Trust – Our Christian Commitment

 

Adding Life to Life!  We connect with a wide variety of young people and families. Some students are struggling at school, others need a holiday from family stresses, many need solid role models, some want to connect with new friends while others need links to careers, study options or local clubs. CDN is all about connecting with young people wherever they’re at and giving them great role models to journey with!

As a Christian organisation, we are motivated by a desire to serve our community. We see Christian values and ideals as an essential part of who we are and what we do. We strive to be very open about what, if any, spiritual content might be on a programme your young people are attending.

Just to make sure families are in the know, we came up with our “spiritual advisory system”.  It sounds very official, but it’s really just a simple way of letting people know who we are.

CDN does work with churches. Through this we access a strong volunteer base and a wide range of facilities and equipment. Our church links give us quality people and reduced overheads. All CDN programmes and activities are services to the community for people in the community. No funding given to CDN is spent on church programmes for church members. Careful procedures are in place to prevent this.

CDN programmes and activities are positive and holistic. We try to cater to the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual areas of life. We promote good morals and good character. We see ourselves as giving young people a spiritual option and an introduction to spiritual things. We aim to give young people enough information to be able to make up their own minds. For young people wanting to go further we are able to refer them to a large number of other groups. For those who don’t we aim to do all we can to help them in the other areas of life.

Our school-based services adhere strictly to boundaries set by schools. This typically means that our school-based youth workers do not proselytise within school settings, are required to seek prior approval before distributing promotional material and make sure young people and parents/caregivers are informed about spiritual content in out of school programmes we may promote.

Our Spirit Level system provides information and transparency to young people, parents and caregivers, teachers, donors and funders. The ratings describe the likely levels of spiritual content present in our programmes and activities. People are therefore able to make informed choices about participation and support. Spiritual Level ratings are displayed on flyers and other promotional material.


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