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Otago Youth Wellness Trust

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    The Otago Youth Wellness Trust (OYWT) is a free community-based service for the Dunedin area that works alongside young people and their family/whānau to create positive change.

    OYWT provides a wraparound service for young people (aged 11-18), who need support for issues affecting their wellbeing. We help strengthen what is working well in the lives of young people, whilst addressing the issues that may be impacting negatively on them. These can include health, education, welfare and justice.

    We describe our service as wraparound because it is comprehensive, flexible and responsive to the specific needs of each individual young person.

    We respect every young person as an individual, and focus our service on improving their wellbeing. The benefits for the young people we support can include:

    • Strengthening family/whanau relationships
    • Engaging and achieving in education
    • Improving physical and mental health
    • Reducing risk factors (e.g. drug and alcohol use, offending, and suicide risk)
    Wraparound Casework

    Casework is young person focused, family/whanau centred, mobile, flexible and delivered in the community.

    OYWT Casework is based on relationship  and supports a young person and focuses on risk and protective factors to strengthen what is currently working well.


    We know that a few simple factors make all the difference for building the resilience needed for young people on their journey to adulthood.

    For mentoring to be of benefit for vulnerable young people and their family/whanau, it has to be part of our wraparound casework service. Our mentoring programme is designed to complement the work of the caseworker and young person.

    Please note that it won't always be appropriate for a young person to have a mentor.

    Mentoring has many benefits for a young person needing support, these include:

    • Encouraging and inspiring them to develop their own vision for the future
    • Allowing for modelling of reciprocity and healthy caring relationships, due to the voluntary nature of our programme
    • Supporting the young person to develop necessary life skills and positive connections within Dunedin's community
    • Improving engagement and attitude towards learning
    • Having fun together - this is a big part of the mentoring relationship
    School Attendance Service

    OYWT holds the School Attendance Service contract working to improve the attendance and engagement of 6-16 year olds in the greater Dunedin area.

    Although all children and young people between 6 and 16 years of age must be enrolled in education, usually in school, we know that attending school regularly can be a challenge for some young people and their family/whanau.

    Having an education generally means better life outcomes and at OYWT we help young people to:

    • Enrol or re-engage in education and learning
    • Stay in education and achieve academic qualifications
    • Transition from education to training or employment
    Education and training
    Social work


    This is a free service.

    Age groups

    • Youth / Rangatahi