Time to tee off!!

Every year Cambridge Lifeskills in conjunction with Cambridge Golf Club hold The Cambridge Lifeskills Golf Tournament Fundraiser Event.

This event is strongly supported by our community and sponsors both local and further afield.

2018 looks to be our best yet!! With all Golf Holes sponsored by local businesses and we are at capacity with a massive 30 Golf Teams entered.

Our auction items are top notch - thanks to Yvonne Scown who has orchestrated the 2018 event.

This is a fun way to join together to make a HUGE difference for our Cambridge children.

Did you know?

We currently have 58 children attending weekly counselling with Cambridge Lifeskills.

Welcome back to school and Term One 2018

Term One 2018 update

We are looking forward to another year, working with amazing people who are doing their best to navigate life.  Sometimes we need a little help along the way and that is okay:)  Lifeskills is here!

We have over 30 referrals to be allocated as we start Term One, it is great that referrals have been coming in over the Christmas break and that Cambridge folk are making use of our service.

We have a team of eight counsellors who are ready to get going!

From the Cambridge Lifeskills Team

We wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. 

Our hard working team are taking a well deserved break and we look forward to 2018 and the opportunity to provide more counselling to children, young people and their families in Cambridge.

Please use our online referral option if you would like to make a referral.  Any new referrals will be allocated at the beginning of term one 2018. 

If you require urgent support please contact your GP or see the list of services below....

Christmas Break

While our Team are having a well deserved break, we know that life goes on and that there may be a need for support during the school holidays. We would like to offer the following suggestions:-

If you have serious concerns for a child or young person please speak with your GP.

If you would like to speak to a counsellor you can ph KIDSLINE if you are a kid on 0800 54 37 54

If you are a parent or adult wanting support ph Lifeline 24/7 0800 54 33 54

A HUGE THANK YOU to the 2018 Cambridge Real Estate Family Fireworks Event.

Cambridge Lifeskills has been chosen as the charity of choice for this years event.


The Easter Bunny still delivers on rainy days!

Come rain, hail, snow but hopefully shine the Cambridge Lifeskills Easter Egg Hunt is on! We hope for sunshine however if the weather is against us we have a back up plan.

Thankfully the Boatshed is an amazing venue so we have space for a disco and indoor hunt with a difference.

Thanks again to Waikato Valley Chocolates for their generous support of this event. Also a big shout out to the FUN Shed for the use of the bunny bouncy castle.

So hop on down for a great time!

2017 Golf Tournament Fundraiser!

The 2017 Lifeskills Golf Tournament Fundraiser was a great success.

We had 92 players on the course a new record!

As with any successful event there is a team behind the organisation. A BIG thank you to Cambridge Golf Club for the use of their fabulous course. A another thank you to Gary Bennett for his amazing work organising the players on the day. Also thanks to Geoff Walker who not only played golf but also his Keyboards. A special thank you to Karen from Kaz Graphic Dezign for our wonderful marketing.

PLEASE be sure to support all the local Cambridge businesses who generously sponsored golf holes and to the many local retailers who gave spot prizes and auction items. The success of Cambridge Lifeskills is largely due to the support from them.

Term 1 2017

This term Lifeskills are involved in a number of amazing community events, beginning with...

Sarah Ulmer, Lifeskills Patron has been busy working on the Twighlight Cycle Event with the new event date being on Tuesday 25th April - with proceeds being donated to Lifeskills.www.cambridgecyclingfestival.co.nz
Please support this fun event!


The team are back providing counselling, to refer a child or young person please go to our home page and click on the referral tab, complete the referral form and email to us.

If you would like to discuss a situation with us before referring please either email info@cambridgelifeskills.co.nz requesting we contact you or ph 021 190 1760.

New Year Tips from one of our team...

If you are anything like me, you will have been sorting school stationery, uniforms, perhaps needing a tracking device to find last years lunch box, which once found is growing! There may also be nerves (both ours and theirs) due to a change of school or perhaps catching the bus or riding a bike to school for the first time. Then there is the permanent challenge of what to put in the lunch box. The naming of everything from pencils to PE gear or perhaps finding togs. All of this before your child has even left the house!

As they prepare to leave home for the first few days it is so important for us the parent to stay calm and be as supportive as possible, without rescuing them from their disorder, lots of night before preparation is key in our home. The job and privilege of being a parent continues to take its toll, with the constant re-evaluating how much to do for these growing young people. The more organised I can be, the smoother the morning get up and go seems to be. Even the house sighs with relief when they finally leave for the day ahead. AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Dust your running shoes off!

Cambridge Lifeskills are fortunate to have such strong community support. We all know it takes a village to raise a child, and a Lifeskills we know every dollar counts toward ensuring counselling can be provided for the hundreds of children and families we work with. The 2017 Remax Waipa Fun Run is again giving $1 of every entry to Lifeskills ensuring that the community benefit from this event. So why not gather your friends and walk or run this event.

Lifeskills Twilight Golf Fundraiser 2017

Thanks to the generous support of Cambridge Golf Club, Lifeskills are able to once again hold our annual Twilight Golf Fundraiser. This is a highlight event with lots of networking, laughter with a tinge of competiveness from teams in our community. Mark this date in your diary! Wednesday March 22nd.


A BIG THANKS to the Boatshed Café for partnering with Lifeskills for the 2017 Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Once again Waikato Valley Chocolates have generously sponsored yummy eggs and bunnies for the event. So join us to enjoy the stunning venue and watch smiles on children's dials.

Cambridge Lifeskills - wish you a safe and happy Christmas!

To make a referral

You may know that support will be valued but is not urgent, in this case please complete our Referral Form found on our home page and email this to us. Your referral will be held confidentially until allocations commence in the new school year.

Other options

You may be in a position to pay for private counselling here in Cambridge, the following may be able to assist you during the holidays.

Cambridge Family Therapy 07 827 6060
Cambridge Community House 07 827 5402

Cambridge Lifeskills Annual Appeal 2016

Cambridge Lifeskills is a unique service in New Zealand, offering free professional counselling to children, youth and their parents. We have been offering this vital community service since 1991 (over 25 years) One of our aims is to become sustainable financially.

Every year in November we have an annual appeal to the community for support, our schools hold fundraising activities. We have many generous supporters and thank Cambridge for the on-going support. The money raised goes directly to funding counselling for Cambridge children, youth and parents / caregivers.

To make a donation please deposit to our bank
account number 060 301 0229802 00
Cambridge Lifeskills Trust

Reference - annual appeal all donations are tax deductible please email your details if you require a receipt.

There is a well known saying that it takes a village to raise a child, so please Cambridge continue to be generous.

Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday 27th March 2016

Our annual Easter Egg hunt was again held at The Boatshed Cafe, Amber Lane, off Gordon Road, SH1, Karapiro.
There was a bouncy castle and face painting - oh and an easter egg hunt!
The Easter Egg hunt commenced and there were kids going in every direction with their goody bags hunting for delicious chocolate eggs and bunnies generously donated by Waikato Valley Chocolates, while mum and dad had brunch or coffee.
We raised over $700.00 on the day which will provide counselling sessions for children in need in Cambridge.
Book Easter Sunday 2017 in your diary for a fun time at the Boatshed Café.


Lifeskills Board - 2016

Lifeskills is very well supported by a fantastic group of Board members who together offer a cross section of skill sets, vision and enthusiasm for the cause.

Back from left - Jack Reid, John Bullick, Quentin Glover, Lea De Rooy,

Front from left - Steff McNamara, Marilynn Jones and Sherry Herkes

Absent - Tina-Maree Thatcher & Sandy Wesford

Chat with MPs in bid to help children

Cambridge can be proud of its decrease in youth crime over the years since Cambridge Lifeskills was established, as Cambridge Police Sergeant Gordon Grantham said earlier this year, "I have no doubt that the effort put into managing personal and social issues affecting youth by the Lifeskills Ins is the reason our youth crime has reduced so dramatically."
However a serious area of growing concern is family violence, in this arena if we scratch the surface, Cambridge is no different from any other town in New Zealand; in relation to family and domestic violence we are up there, with statistics to prove it. In Cambridge the statistics from January to June 2015 there has been an average of 6 reported domestic violence (DV) incidents (Waipa Waitomo Women's Refuge) where police have been involved – we know this is the tip of the iceberg. There is a flow on effect to our service with children and families needing appropriate support. We are struggling with DV in our community and need additional resources to cater for this. Hamilton services are congested and unable to keep up with the demands on their services.
Recently three Labour MPs, Jacinda Ardern (Spokesperson for Justice & Children), Sue Moroney (Spokesperson for Social Development) and Kelvin Davis (Associate Justice Spokesperson for Sexual & Domestic Violence) made a visit to Cambridge Lifeskills. The MPs wanted to visit to see and hear firsthand about the valuable work of Cambridge Lifeskills. Jacinda expressed her passion and support for the work Cambridge Lifeskills does, noting the need for resources to go towards these types of organisations, including other places like Plunket and CYFS.
Cambridge Lifeskills Chairperson Beryl Emery and Manager Sandy Wesford shared with the MPs the work of the local counselling organisation, and how it is a unique service in NZ, operating since 1992. The MPs acknowledged that they didn't know of any other services in NZ that carry out free counselling in schools for 5 – 15 year olds and their families. Local MP Louise Upston is also aware of the work of Cambridge Lifeskills endorsing and championing the organisation for the work we do.
The need for the service we provide is apparent with the ongoing numbers of referrals we have received this year to date. Sadly many of the issues are situations children and young people should have no knowledge of – domestic violence, self harm, poor social skills and the inability to relate to peers and make friends, bullying, sexual abuse – the list is endless.
We at Cambridge Lifeskills do worry about young people in other towns who

do not have an advocate and someone to turn to, someone who is in a position to provide them (free of charge) with skills to cope with and change or better their circumstances both now and in the future.
The MPs agreed with Sandy, that work such as Cambridge Lifeskills' early intervention with children and families plays a positive role in reducing crime rates, with Jacinda noting "that resourcing should be allocated to such causes".
"It's about addressing these good community initiatives," Sue Moroney said.
Early in 2013 in our Lifeskills Newsletter, Sandy voiced the next phase of the work with children and families is focussing more at a Government and political level, advocating for vulnerable children, ensuring they have their right to a safe and supportive childhood. With the hope that services such as Lifeskills are available across New Zealand. We are incredibly encouraged to be having dialogue with MPs who are working in a cross party process to develop social policy, with Cambridge Lifeskills being part of their consultation and research process. Together we can slowly make a difference, one child at a time.
Pictured: Left to Right: MP Sue Moroney, MP Kelvin Davis, CLS Chairperson Beryl Emery, CLS Manager Sandy Wesford, and MP Jacinda Arden. Photo by Sophie Iremonger.

Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

Yes, on Wednesday 25th March, Cambridge Lifeskills held their annual fundraising golf tournament at the Cambridge Golf Club.
We'd like to thank the Cambridge Golf Club for again kindly hosting this event for us - it's a night to remember!
Each hole is sponsored and numerous businesses generously give spot prizes, we'd like to thank the following sponsors who made this event a fantastic success raising just over $6,500.00 that will go directly toward more counselling sessions for our children. Keep an eye on our facebook page for details of the 2017 Golf Tournament Fundraiser.
  • Cambridge Real Estate - our Foundation Sponsor
  • Virtual Print - who kindly sponsor all of our printing requirements
  • Kaz Graphic Dezign - who kindly sponsor all graphic design
  • Treetown Early Childhood Centre
  • Construction Advantage Ltd
  • Portable Rooms
  • Expressions Floral Design and Giftware
  • Chris Ryan Plumbing
  • Wesford Builders
  • Accounted4
  • Cambridge Principals Association
  • Cooney Law
  • Phil Wicks Business Success Partner
  • Sherry Herkes - Cambridge Real Estate
  • Automotive Solutions
  • Van Dyks
  • St Kilda
Closer to the time you can book a team (4 members) for the 2017 event by phoning the Cambridge Golf Club on 827 6381 - plan to be there. There will be some fabulous spot prizes up for grabs!
If you'd like to sponsor a hole - give Sandy a call on 021190 1760 and we'll get it sorted for you!

Waipa Fun Run 2016

We are again very privileged to be the chosen charity of St Peter's Catholic School's annual Waipa Fun Run - which was held at the Village Green on Sunday 13th March this year. The event was well supported and the weather turned on a stunning morning for the day!
Again this year we were donated $1 from entry and it was announced that we would receive $645.00 - which is absolutely awesome.
The Waipa Fun Run is a community event and the money will go towards counselling our school-aged children from all schools in Cambridge.
Thank you St Peter's Catholic School for your generosity in choosing Cambridge Lifeskills.
Check out the action at:
www.waipafunrun.co.nz or

21st Celebration

Unbelievably Cambridge Lifeskills celebrates their 21st birthday this year.  There have been times in the past when the continuation of the organisation has been uncertain due to dire financial situations but today due to hard work on the part of many people we are in a more secure financial situation.  Katie Schick and Sarah Griffin from the Lake Karapiro Boatshed have generously agreed to host a birthday celebration for us on August 9th.  This will be a wonderful evening with many milestones to acknowledge and celebrate and we hope past Board members and counsellors will be there to enjoy the celebration. 
Purchase your ticket today at either Boat Shed Cafe or Cambridge Real Estate.

Lifeskills Day


During the month of November Lifeskills Counsellors work with schools for fundraising on behalf of Lifeskills. Each school is responsible for coming up with their own creative event which could be a mufti day, wacky hair day, cycle day etc.

All funds raised go directly to paying our dedicated professional counsellors at Cambridge Lifeskills.

Waipa Fun Run

In 2014 Cambridge Lifeskills was the chosen charity partner for the St Peter's Catholic Schools PTFA's Waipa Fun Run.

This event is held annually - generally in March - and encourages all Cambridge school students, parents and businesses to enter and take part. 

The Cambridge Lifeskills counselling team were on hand that day to help with the marshalling.
This year saw Cambridge Lifeskills receive a whopping $561.00.

Good in the Hood

Cambridge Lifeskills was one of the lucky recipients of 'Good in the Hood' at Cambridge Z Service Station.

When you paid for your petrol you got a chip and could use it to vote of one Cambridge organisation.

Cambridge Lifeskills was the lucky recipient of $645.
Thanks Z

Cambridge Lifeskills Golf Day

Cambridge Lifeskills has been very fortunate to hold an annual twilight golf fundraising tournament in conjuction with the Cambridge Golf Club.

Cambridge Golf Club has generously sponsored the cost of the course fee.

Our last tournament held in March 2014 was well attended and raised over $7500.

We thank all the hole sponsors and incredibly generous Cambridge businesses who provided spot prizes.

Book this date in your calendar for the next tournament: Wednesday 25 March 2015

Cambridge Lifeskills Easter Egg Hunt

This year we held the Inaugural Easter Egg Hunt at The Boat Shed Cafe.

The team at The Boat Shed Cafe came up with the idea and all funds raised were donated to Cambridge Lifeskills.

With over 350 donated easter eggs the 100+ children who attended went away with a great stash.

We thank the generous sponsors who provided easter eggs, party favours and lollies for the event as well as the staff at the Boat Shed Cafe for your enthusiam on the day.

Christmas Wrapping

A great way to connect with the community at a stressful time of year - Christmas.

The Cambridge Lifeskills team enjoys the opportunity to wrap The Warehouses customers presents for a gold coin donation.

We're very lucky to have team that is happy to spend a couple of hours on the gift wrapping station. 

The exciting things the Cambridge Lifeskills team gets up to


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