More than 125 years ago, Sir William Alexander Smith recognised a lack of discipline and "Christian manliness" in the youth around him, and began the first Boys' Brigade company in Scotland. It took just three years for the first company to be formed in Christchuch, and the New Zealand movement grew steadily from there.
The tradition of Boys' Brigade has grown to more than 500,000 boys across 60 countries. It has inspired many other movements, taken on various forms, and the uniforms have been changed and updated. In New Zealand we still have 25 to 30 units successfully running in the traditional form.
ICONZ teaches the same principles as Boys' Brigade, meets the inherent need of boys for adventure, and gives them a sense of belonging. But it does it in a way that the boys (and dads) of today can jump on board with. We have ramped up the programme, focussed on what is important to kiwi kids and seen huge growth as a result. All this without watering down the Christian message or the D.I.R.T. principles of Discipline, Integrity, Respect and Tenacity.
Volunteers are being sought to deliver these programmes in the morning during school times in Alexandra, Clyde and Dunedin. The programme/curriculum is based on building wooden projects using repurposed wooden pallets and discuss positive life choices (bullying, conflict resolution etc) and making good decisions - giving the young boys a safe space to build skills - physical and emotional outside of school.
Volunteers who have a natural empathy for children but also who enjoy creating things from recycled wood would excel in the role.
Volunteers should have patience, a good command of practical skills around timber (these can be taught), life experience and be good with children.
Volunteers are needed for 3-4 hours once a fortnight to run any of the sessions:
9.00am-12.30pm at Clyde School every other Wednesdsay during term time.
9.00am-12.30pm at St Gerards School every other Thursday during term time
9.00am-12.30pm on Monday and Wednesday every other week in Dunedin.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.