Community Max

Community Max supported the completion of projects that benefit the community or the environment and that would not otherwise be done, while creating jobs for young people. Each CILT Community Max Team consisted of 1 supervisor and 6 youth and between October 2010 to August 2011 the Coromandel Independent Living Trust employed 3 Community Max Teams.

Community Max projects in the Upper Coromandel included:

  • Event organisation for Youth Week 2011
  • Fund-raising for CILT’s Youth Advisory Group
  • Fund-raising for CILT’s Kiwi Can project
  • Organising a youth consultation re education and training
  • Planning for the rebirth of the Computer Recycling Centre
  • Maintaining and improving the Harray Walking Track
  • Working with MEG to clear tracks and lay traps in Waikawau and the Success Track in Coromandel Town

The Community Max Supervisors during this time were:

  • Marlene Johnson
  • Lennie Ngapo
  • Ross Bryant
  • Rik Turner

Chronicle Update for 2010-2011 projects

It is with regret that the Coromandel Independent Living Trust is no longer able to continue running the Community Max programme due to the government withdrawing funding for the programme nationally. A total of 24 young people from Coromandel Town and outlying communities have taken part in the programme since last year when CILT was asked to run the project with the Ministry of Social Development. The aim of CM was to provide youth with courses and work assistance for six months with the intention of helping them to find work at or by the end of the period.

Workshops offered and numbers attended during October 2010 to August 2011 were:-

Hospitality (8);
Web Design (5);
CV writing (18);
Small Engine Maintenance (12);
Steps to Success (12);
Working with People with A Disability (9);
Health & Safety on the Job (23);
ICT Training – Music and Mixing and Production (8);
Driver Licence Training (10);
ICT Training – Photo Shop (13);
Video Basics/Media Production Course (7);
Youth Stop-Motion Animation workshop (2);
Mural Art workshop (1);
IRD workshop (10);
National Certificate in Agriculture (5);
AUT Careers Expo (10);
Job Interview Techniques (4);
Drivers Licence – Motorbike (2);
Drivers Licence – Restricted (3);
AUT Careers Expo (10);
Regional Youth Hui (2);
Further Education Identification & Planning (5);
APA Referencing & Assignment (2); KiwiCan (2);
Survey Methadology & Planning (6);
Personal Budgets (7);
First Aid – Full (3);
National Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 (2);
Outward Bound (2).

When the programme ended on 11 August we were pleased to report that:-

46% or 11 are in paid employment (4 part-time & 7 full time employment);
29% or 7 have gone on/are going on to further study;
and 25% or 6 are looking for employment.

The following is a tribute to CM participants from Supervisor, Marlene Johnson.

This will be the final Chronicle entry from Community Max as the programme officially ended on 12th August 2011. Since the current programme started all participants have been involved in both the planning and execution stages of a number of local community and youth events, such as Bikewise Healthy Breakfast, the Big Walk, the Youth Hui, and of course work on the Harray Track. They have taken part in training and up-skilling themselves by attending the courses and workshops put on by CILT, which will hopefully assist them in making better choices for their futures, whether it be, going on to further their education, or getting a job. Thanks and congratulations to fellow Supervisor, Rik Turner and his team for the awesome work they have done on the Harray Track. This is an excellent addition to the many wonderful walks Coromandel has to offer. Although I have only been a Community Max Supervisor for a short period, I have enjoyed this time immensely. There have been lots of laughs and I wish them all the very best in their futures.”

Coromandel Chronicle Articles relating to previous Community Max projects:

June 2010

The Com Max team finished their 6-month stint with a fun day out paint balling in Whitianga.  Three of the Com Max boys are now enrolled in the Timaru Fishing School for a six week course. A big thanks to Work and Income who have bent over backwards to help these young men into training.  It’s quite exciting waiting to see where their journeys might take them.

April 2010

The Community Max/COTHO team have completed the gravelling of the Harray Walking Track from McGregors Bay to the Harray’s boundary.  The opening day for the track is 10 April and will be held at Patukirikiri reserve. This Com Max project finishes toward the end of April, with some team members moving into permanent employment and training programmes.  These are great outcomes for the project and the young men involved. Thanks to all the groups that have supported them over the last six months.  Cheers Nadine

November 2009

The Community Max scheme is underway. Eight youth have been given the opportunity to develop work skills and experience over the next six months.  They will be building walking tracks, planting trees and participating in other jobs that enhance our natural enviroment.  This group will be supervised by Ross and Jason, and will be based at the Wharf Rd Office near Coro pies.