Flip Out and Pizza Party in Nelson

This event was organised by VOYCE Whakarongo Mai with huge support from Oranga Tamariki who provided funding and Caring Families Aotearoa who did the catering. On Wednesday 21st July our team went up to Nelson to start building the presence of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai in the Upper South. Being the school holidays we thought it would be a great idea to book the party space at Flip Out in Nelson and invite everyone we knew to come and hang out with us! With support from Oranga Tamariki Nelson and Caring Families Aotearoa we put the word out there that VOYCE was in town and ended up hosting our biggest Upper South tūhono yet! We had a great turn out with over 50+ jumpers and another 30 caregivers and social workers. There were children and families of all ages enjoying everything Flip Out had to offer and we also had what every good party needs – tonnes of Pizza!

This was a hugely successful tūhono as we managed to Outreach to more Nelson children than ever before with lots of our care-experienced tamariki leaving with a VOYCE cap and lots of information about what we can offer. A highlight of the night was when we split the group into two teams and had a huge game of Dodgeball where everyone got to join in!

A quote from one of the caregivers was:  “I just want to say thank you for the awesome event for the kids. For the first time [young person] realised there are children in the same situation as he is…” 

Overall feedback was – yummy pizza, lots of fun, let’s do it again!

Another thank you to Oranga Tamariki Nelson and Caring Families Aotearoa for their support in helping VOYCE build a presence in Nelson.