Trust treats teens to day out

Seeing Police dog handlers in action was a highlight at the Franklin Silver Lining Trust “Teen Day Out”.

Last week, The Franklin Silver Lining Trust held it’s October “Teen Day Out”.

The Trust offers support to families in the local community who are facing adversity. Over 1000 families have received support since the Trust was founded nearly ten years ago.
For the “Teen Day Out”, local schools were asked to nominate children aged between 11-13 years-old to attend the event. The event day included talks on cyber safety, a chance to try out martial arts, a cook up lunch, and a visit to Pukekohe Fire Station.
A highlight was having Police dog handlers join the event, and provide a dog handling demonstration.
Jude Balle from the Trust said children were heard commenting, “I liked talking about bullying and getting things off my chest… I really enjoyed punching the pads during martial arts… It was fun getting to know other people.” Another child said it was one of the best days of their life.
An Op Shop fashion challenge finished the day off, with the children cobbling together a “Night at the Oscars” outfit from treasure found at the second hand shop.
If you know of someone facing adversity, you might like to nominate them. Visit to find out more.
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