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C.A.C.T.U.S. programme continues to grow

With such a strong response to the programme, the C.A.C.T.U.S. programme has increased the number of programmes being offered this year and the age group for youth to be involved.

Now starting its ninth year, the Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support (C.A.C.T.U.S. programme) has been instrumental in helping youth understand that there is more in them then they realise both in a mental and physical capacity. Focusing on teamwork, respect, self-discipline, self-esteem and decision-making as an individual and in team settings, the programme has been well subscribed to by participants and supported by organisations who help to make the programme possible.

C.A.C.T.U.S. sessions begin with a 45-60 minute physical training session led by qualified PTI personnel, supported by Police and FENZ Feilding volunteers before indulging in breakfast, journaling and hearing from a guest speaker – this is all before the school day begins.

“It is important at any age to have personal goals, to make smart choices, to value family, friends and giving back to one’s community”, Helen Worboys, Manawatū District Mayor says.  “As much as the participating organisations are helping to shape and inspire the participants, the young adults inspire me in their determination and passion for the programme.”

With such a strong response to the programme, the Manawatū District Youth Development & Wellbeing Trust has extended not only the number of programmes being offered this year, but also the age group for youth to be involved.  Term one this year will have a development programme for year 7 and 8’s.  Term two will be the traditional programme for year 9-13, with term four returning to the development programme for year 7 and 8’s.

Due to extended programming, more volunteers, guest speakers and donations are being sought. Whether you are able to donate your time to help at a breakfast, speak at one of the 10-minute guest speakers' slots, or a financial donation to help cover the cost of equipment, venue hire or the graduation ceremony the C.A.C.T.U.S. programme would love to increase its partnerships.  If you have questions about the programme or are interested in contributing, contact Police Youth Aid Officer Allan McLean ( or Feilding Christian Leaders Network, Allan Davey (  “We all have something to give to and something to learn from the C.A.C.T.U.S. participants.  It’s been a rewarding programme to support”, says Worboys.