About

Introduction

The Runway Foundation is a registered charity (Official Registration Number CC53293) passionate about supporting our New Zealand communities.

Alongside our own community initiatives, we have partnered with other amazing New Zealand organisations who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of those who are fighting difficult circumstances.

Our core purposes include:
 

  • Supporting families in the South Auckland region who have children diagnosed within the ADHD spectrum.  We do this with our own Runway community initiative called "ADDventurers",  which provides a Youth Mentoring Programme, parent support groups, kids clubs, resources, counselling, and advocacy, for those struggling with the challenges of ADHD within a mainstream school system.

 

  • Working in the community with youth helping to support them to achieve their potential.  We partner with the Sir Peter Blake NZ Sailing Trust to provide transforming experiences for youth, and also provide support in schools for youth.

 

  • Supporting vulnerable people and families in the community. We have supported food-banks, crisis funds, disadvantaged students in schools, and other initiatives such as "GFW Homes of Refuge"- a half-way house providing re-integration support for women released from prison, and "Through the Horses Eye" - Equine therapy for treating those dealing with trauma & emotional / mental health.

Three Focuses:

1. ADHD Support      2. People in Need     3. Youth Development

 
1. Supporting children & families in our ADHD Community

ADHD is challenging for the child as well as for the family, especially when enrolled within a mainstream school environment that usually is not equipped with the resources or understanding to give the support needed.   

 

At Runway our ADDventurers initiative is about providing a place of where 'addventurous' minds flourish!  A place where they can unashamedly be themselves, be understood, be celebrated & encouraged with the skills that they need to thrive in life.

 

For the parents and families, and teachers, we aim to help by providing emotional support, resources, information on services available, counselling, and advocacy.  

 

Our initiatives include:

 

  • Providing support groups for parents where they can gain support and encouragement from each other, as well as benefit from the collective knowledge & resources of the group.

  • Providing Kids Clubs for primary aged kids with ADHD, where they can have their own club just for them.  It's a place to belong, to find friends, and to have fun by doing cool activities that support their social & developmental skills.

  • A Youth Coaching Programme for Yr 8 -13 students, providing individual mentoring support in and out of school, as well as group activities that challenge and develop them. 

  • Providing workshops on ADHD awareness, and how to teach students with ADHD

  • Public events and information nights that build awareness of ADHD, and how those with ADHD can be supported.

  • We also love to promote the benefits of ADHD - for example ADHD people are three times more likely to own their own business.

2. Supporting families & people in need within the Community

At Runway we support families and people within the community through a range of initiatives. 

 

Initiatives include:

 

  • Support of community foodbanks

  • Support of community crisis funds with emergency funding for famiies in need

  • Assisting families to connect with professional counselling services

  • Support of women re-integrating into community after prison

  • Support of those suffering trauma & emotional health struggles through Equine Therapy

3. Working in the Community encouraging youth to launch and reach their potential

Runway we are active in the community and we are out to connect with our youth. 

We want to see youth launch and reach their potential and not be constrained by the environments they are in.  We want to encouage and inspire our youth, providing them opportunities to grow.

 

Initiatives include:

  • School and community events for youth with some of New Zealands most inspiring guest speakers who can relate to our youth

  • Community events that are fun and engaging for youth

  • Connecting our youth with other hearty community orgainsations and educational institutions so they can realise their true potential

  • Providing Scholarships to youth for educational institutions

  • Providing support to youth who are in vunerable situations

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