Fusion 2016 Winds UpPosted December 6th 2016
Fusion 2016 winds up
Fusion programmes by Ignite Sport have helped almost 80 young people with a refugee background settle into their new country, in 2016.
“I had the opportunity to play new sports and improve myself in other sports. I knew more places to go to when I’m free. I spent wonderful days with friends,” is how one participant summed up Fusion in Palmerston North.
“Playing all the sport that we have done has shown me that playing and socialising with friends is better than sitting in your room. This has encouraged me to go outside and try to be more fit an athletic,” said another young man from Hamilton.
The three-day Fusion programme has been delivered by Ignite Sport staff in partnership with New Zealand Red Cross in Hamilton, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Palmerston North. Fusion is a very important programme within our ‘stable’ of youth development programmes. We recognise we are working with some of New Zealand’s vulnerable young people but also with those who have huge dreams and great leadership potential.
Fusion in various forms has been delivered by Ignite Sport since 2011. The youth development settlement programme continues to develop as a result of a growing need within New Zealand to provide adequate and meaningful support around former refugee young people. We look forward to changes around the programme next year.
Funding for the programme is predominantly from Office of Ethnic Communities.
Fusion aims to strengthen communities, to help grow a greater sense of belonging. This is done through providing opportunities for:
- · Recreation, sport, activities and fun
- · Team work among young people from diverse cultures
- · Socialising and meeting others from the wider refugee community
- · A platform for growth of personal life-skills and confidence
- · Leadership development and mentoring experience
- · Input into positive decision making, goal setting and an awareness of each young person’s strengths and talents.
- · Knowledge of services, organisations and facilities available to young people
- · Introductions to sports clubs or facilities for future engagement.
Below is feedback from New Zealand Red Cross staff and participating young people.
“The ignite sport programme ‘Fusion’ has been very successful in Hamilton. It is a programme which youth remember long after it takes place, and has lasting effects on the youth we work with. Often with former refugee youth, they lack knowledge and community connections which make it difficult to know how to get involved in sport. Sport is a fantastic way to integrate youth into the community, to make friendships and share their skills. This programme has guided them to feel confident in having a go at different sports, get familiar with sports facilities, make new friends and be able to do some goal setting and personal development. Once the programme finished, we had a strong bond with the youth involved, and a good idea of how to go forward in connecting them further with sports clubs and activities. The staff were wonderful and it’s fantastic organization to collaborate with. We would love to have this as a regular programme that we run in Hamilton.
Haidee Kalirai, Clients Services, Hamilton
Fusion Program is one of the very few programs (the only program for some cases) that refugee background especially newly arrived youth get to connect with apart from school and other primary support agencies that are supporting their families. Even with primary support agencies, the youth are usually left out to get attention.
It is good to see that they are making friends and communicating across different cultures, believes and gender which will help not only them but also their families and the ethnic community they specifically belong to, to be able to participate accordingly in the multicultural society.
Many young participants share their photos in action on their social media pages and we can see positive comments and praise from their community and families which most participants seem to be really proud of.
The father of the two girls that were offered to join the badminton club for free after the Fusion 2016 program approached me and express his gratitude for the great opportunity that was given to his daughters. I am mentioning this because if it is not for that connection he most likely is not going to initiate a communication with me in any other setting.
I wish the program runs every school holiday and that young people can participate at least two three times each.
Dennis Maang, Social Worker, Pathways to Settlement, Wellington (for Porirua/Wellington/Lower Hutt)
The Ignite Sport programme which was held in Palmerston North in September 2016 provided the participants with many positive and enriching experiences in a safe and non-threatening environment. Many of the young people who attended this programme have only recently arrived in New Zealand and are in the initial stages of their acculturation process. The programme provided them with the opportunity of having experiences which most New Zealand young people have had access to for much of their youth. It also enabled them some respite from the many family responsibilities which refugee youth often carry as the navigators of the new culture for their families.
From observations by staff and informal talks with the young people and their parents it is apparent that the programme has contributed hugely towards this group’s developing sense of security and belonging in Palmerston North. As former refugees, these young people have experienced displacement and loss and have spent many years in temporary, transitional situations. Their increased sense of belonging will undoubtedly impact positively on all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
The young people’s confidence, in particular the young women’s confidence and self-esteem seemed to grow overnight. It was wonderful to watch them take part in activities which they had never had previous access.
In summary, the programme has contributed significantly towards supporting positive resettlement outcomes for this group of young people.
Jenny Pepworth, Cleint Services Team Leader, Palmerston North.
Fusion Porirua 2016 participant’s comments
- I got to go to different places that I had never been to. I made lots of friends and I am thankful to the people who helped and organised this. ‘Why can’t I do’ I thought to myself. I tried hard and really enjoyed it. I would like to have a chance to play again.
- I had thought that I could not fulfil my dream. However I have realised that I still have time to work hard and that step by step I could reach my dream through sport and study. I am very thankful to the people who taught us, I hope we have a chance to meet again.
- Ignite Sport is awesome. You should run this programme twice a year.
- It was fun and I have learned many things, such as planning to achieve your dream step by step and that everyone was born with some talent, use them don’t waste them.
- I learnt so much but I learnt that it is important to have a goal and should have a plan to achieve your goal. Everyone has a gift and should use it rightly I learnt much more.
Fusion 2016 Lower Hutt participant’s comments
- It was an awesome programme, really loved all the sports and the food. I learnt some sports rules, first aid and practised lots.
- I learn a lot from Fusion programme. It made me want to play more sports.
- I actually learned how to communicate with others.
- I never knew that speedball was fun a team working sport. It was my first time climbing so I was nervous, but I had an awesome experience and found rock climbing is actually a scary but good activity. I learned that we have to be grateful for the gifts and talents we got and we should use in every possible way you can.
- I had a really good time climbing and learnt the safety and how to cling on rocks. I hope I would do it again.
- I learned how to live a healthy life, have fun, meet new friends, play sport and everybody is born to play.
- It helped be to become better in each sport we had. Also it is very good hanging around and to get to know some new places as sports clubs.
- I actually learnt more about badminton and I think it will help me in the future.
- Never give up and follow your dreams.
- I actually did more sport that I usually do.
- I learnt so much but I learnt that it is important to have a goal and should have a plan to achieve your goal. Everyone has a gift and should use it rightly. And I learnt much more.
- It was fun and I have learned many things, such as planning to achieve your dreams step by step and that everyone was born with some talent, use them don’t waste them.
- Ignite Sport is awesome. You should run this programme twice a year.
Fusion 2016 Palmerston North participant’s comments
• I loved speedball. I learnt heaps of new games. These last three days have been amazing. I would love to do it next year as well.
• If I actually try to play sports I am really good and it made me more active.
• I loved everything. I enjoyed everything we played and learnt.
• I learnt new games and met new people. I liked everything.
• Yes, top points to everything. I learnt lots of new games and made new friends.
• Meeting new people was good. I learned new sports and had fun.
• It was my first time and I really enjoyed.
• It was an awesome programme, really loved all the sports and the food. I learnt some sports rules, first aid and practised lots.
• I learn a lot from Fusion programme. It made me want to play more sports.
• I actually learned how to communicate with others.
• I never knew that speedball was fun a team working sport. It was my first time climbing so I was nervous, but I had an awesome experience and found rock climbing is actually a scary but good activity. I learned that we have to be grateful for the gifts and talents we got and we should use in every possible way you can.
• I had a really good time climbing and learnt the safety and how to cling on rocks. I hope I would do it again.
• I learnt to work in a group.
• I learned how to live a healthy life, have fun, meet new friends, play sport and everybody is born to play.
• It helped be to become better in each sport we had. Also it is very good hanging around and to get to know some new places as sports clubs.
• I actually learnt more about badminton and I think it will help me in the future.
• Never give up and follow your dreams.
• I actually did more sport that I usually do.
• I learnt so much but I learnt that it is important to have a goal and should have a plan to achieve your goal. Everyone has a gift and should use it rightly. And I learnt much more.
• It was fun and I have learned many things, such as planning to achieve your dreams step by step and that everyone was born with some talent, use them don’t waste them.
• Ignite Sport is awesome. You should run this programme twice a year.
Fusion 2016 Hamilton participant’s comments
• First of all thank you to the Ignite Company. It is really joyful training I really enjoyed rock climbing, badminton, floorball. Volleyball was not really fun because it was my first time I joined volleyball. The rest I enjoyed a lot, I learned a lot of things, thanks.
• I enjoyed everything but the main ones are rock climbing and volleyball. I learned how to work with your team. It would better if next time everyone plays because this year some people were not playing, just sitting. Thank you so much.
• I enjoyed all the games I played like speedball, volleyball, rock climbing and I learnt many things and I had a lot of fun, thank you so much Ignite.
• I enjoyed badminton and volleyball and rock climbing and I have learnt team work. I enjoyed football and cricket so much, thank you guys.
• I liked to play football it was so cool and I liked playing the steps game.
• Ultimate frisbee, lunch and throw the chicken game.
• I have enjoyed Ultimate frisbee and that chuck the chicken game teaches you that there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’.
• From Hamilton Fusion I have learnt how to work together as a team. I enjoyed badminton, rock climbing, cricket, floorball and any game that involved running.
• I learnt team work and I enjoyed very much. I enjoyed circuit, rock climbing and floorball. I like all sport which I play, thank you so so much for everything.
• Learnt how to play cricket. I liked all the fun activities. May be do more team games as one whole group.
• I learnt how to play cricket. I like all fun activities.