Getting ready for the snow!

We have been working hard over the last few months applying for grants and getting prepared for our big ski trip in August. We have been lucky enough to receive lots of community support including two grants; one from Hutt Mana Trust for $5217 and the other from Rehabilitation Welfare Trust for $2000 towards the costs of the trip. Our young people are excited and eager to get out on the snow for tobogganing and skiing. Watch this space for photos and articles about how the trip went!

Art Competition

This year some of our young people entered into People’s First Card of the Year competition.

Congratulations to Abi Yogarajah who won 2nd prize in the competition. Along with the title of 2nd Place, Abi won $200 for her entry.

Well done Abi, you did a fantastic job!

Thumbs Up Jackson Street Art Trail

Thumbs Up has been working this year with local businesses and agencies to develop an art trail along Jackson Street Petone. We launched the trail on 30th April at our Centre with an afternoon of music, mingling and yummy food!

Thumbs Up would like to extend our thanks to all the businesses that have jumped on board with the art trail and Hutt City Council Creative Communities NZ which supported this project with a grant.

Thumbs Up believes that every person wants to be a part of and connected to their communities, not only to receive support from their community but also to contribute to it. We spend more than half our time out in the community and love being so close to Jackson Street and being part of Petone. Our artists have been busy painting a large number of paintings which we are proud to present to everyone in the community. You can follow our art trail along Jackson Street and meet the wonderful people in the community that support us. Some of our paintings are on display at Thumbs Up and you are welcome to come in and look at them too.

On the back of this newsletter is a map of the art trail. The project will be running for three months so get down to Jackson Street and have a look at the amazing art work collection our young people have put together.