Kids Camper Interviews

Hear what kids camp was like for four kids campers and how that has impacted them into adulthood

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The CDN Team

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

Manager & Community Youth Worker

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

JASPER VAN DER MEER
JASPER VAN DER MEER

East-Side Youth Worker

Jasper runs our Big Night Out youth events as well as helping run our Kids Camps & Teen Camps.

PRISCILLA HARRIS
PRISCILLA HARRIS

Administrator

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

JC (James) CHAPMAN
JC (James) CHAPMAN

Kids Camp Director & 24-7 CBHS

JC connects with young people at Christchurch Boys High School and is in charge of our Year 7-8 Kids Holiday Camps

ZEKE NEWCOMBE
ZEKE NEWCOMBE

Youth Work Intern

Zeke is involved in CDN camps, hangout and school-based youth work. He is also studying at Pathway College.

DONNA LIANG
DONNA LIANG

Kirkwood 24-7 Youth Worker

Donna runs events and mentors young people at Kirkwood. She is also a student at UC.

VICKY CHANDLER
VICKY CHANDLER

Hornby Community Youth Worker

Vicky leads our Teen Adventure Camps in addition to her 24-7 youth work at Hornby High School and involvement in our Youth Hangout and Kids Camps.

Kirkwood 24-7 Youth Worker
Kirkwood 24-7 Youth Worker

Kirkwood 24-7 Youth Worker

Our youth worker runs events and mentors young people at Kirkwood.

MITCH SHAW
MITCH SHAW

Projects Developer

Mitch is a man of many hats! Hope for the Children counselling and UpstreamNZ (social enterprise) are his primary roles.

RACHEL AITKEN
RACHEL AITKEN

Kirkwood 24-7 Team Leader

Rachel leads our 24-7 team at Kirkwood Intermediate. She is also part of the youth work teams at RCC & Riccarton HS.

CDN VOLUNTEERS!
CDN VOLUNTEERS!

This Could Be You!!

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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.

Our main offices are shared with Riccarton Community Church (RCC). This is our home base and we are hugely supported by the RCC team and congregation. Our core values and statement of belief are also shared with RCC. More info available at rcc.co.nz

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.

Spiritual Content Advisories (displayed on all CDN programme flyers)