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Welcome to Travellers

Young people today experience change at a more rapid pace than previous generations. Events like starting a new school, changing friendships, moving cities or countries, family and personal health issues may mean that young people woul benefit from help and support while going through these transitions. The Travellers programme provides this support. Read more about the Travellers programme.

News and Updates

New 2017 Travellers Training Dates Confirmed

We are happy to announce that the Travellers Training regions and dates have been confirmed for the first half of 2017:

Auckland  -  February 9th & 10th 2017

Dunedin   -   February 9th & 10th 2017

Westport  -   February 20th & 21st 2017

Nelson     -   February 23rd & 24th 2017

Wellington  - February 27th & 28th 2017

Invercargill - March 7th & 8th 2017

Whanganui - March 13th & 14th 2017

Rotorua    -   March 14th & 15th 2017

Thames    -  March 16th & 17th 2017

Northland  -  May 18th & 19th 2017

Napier     -   May 22nd & May 23rd 2017

Christchurch - June 8th & 9th 2017 

Are you interested in joining a workshop, or would you like to have one in your area? Contact us at travellers@skylight.org.nz

Remember, schools who have already signed up for training once but are in need of a refresher are welcome to attend trainings at no cost. If you have any other staff who are interested in becoming trained as facilitators, get in touch.

Free Resilience Game and Workshop 

Thanks to Skylight’s partnership with The Warehouse, select Travellers schools in Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Lakes, and Hawke’s Bay regions were invited to take part in a FREE 3 hour hands on training session on ways to use the resilience board game, Getting Stronger.

Each participating school/organisation received FREE:

  • A Getting Stronger Board Game
  • Two Topic card sets that accompany the game (topics include Bullying, Managing Anger, When Parents Break-up, Domestic Violence, Addiction, Mental Illness, Serious Illness or Injury, Bereavement, and Disaster)
  • Two packs of Children’s Support booklets (11 booklets per pack)
  • 1 pack Youth Pamphlet set (11 Youth pamphlets per pack)


Getting Stronger Game

Created by specialists in their field and using evidence based research, Getting Stronger provides a non-threatening environment, encouraging young people to open up about tough issues in their lives and ideas about managing them. The game is designed for youth aged 8 – 14 and helps players to develop important life skills, as they transition from intermediate into secondary school. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have played the game and developed facilitation skills to gain the most from Getting Stronger.


Travellers and The Warehouse Sponsorship

Training on the Travellers programme is being sponsored by The Warehouse in the Bay of Plenty. To date, 16 new schools have been able to take up the programme due to the Warehouse sponsorship. Click here to read more.

Benchmark Surveys

Contact  travellers@skylight.org.nz or phone 04 939 8576 if you have forgotten your school's password and we'll email it through to you.

To download a printable copy of Instructions for completing the Benchmark Questionnaire click here

...and to download a printable copy of insructions for completing the Student or Facilitator Evaluation survey, please click here

Skylight resources

The Skylight support centre offers a wide range of specialist information about the different ways change, loss, trauma and grief can affect children, young people, adults and their families and friends. It also offers information, resources and ideas about ways to deal with those effects, and ways to best support people of all ages when they're facing tough times. We work hard to keep up to date and to know where to look if we don't have what you need here at the Centre.

Here are just a few of the topics that we have resources for:

  • Blended Famlies
  • Family Break-up
  • Abuse and Violence
  • Trauma and Disaster
  • Pet Loss Support


There are many more support resource topics. For more details click here for the Resource Centre flier.