OUR JOURNEY

The Springboard journey is full of real and very personal stories. Since it’s inception in 2002, staff and volunteers have had the privilege of walking alongside some of the communities most vulnerable young people and families.

Springboard has offered support and assistance to 100’s, in the hope of seeing each individual awaken to their own potential and worth. Over those years, the local community has rallied to the cause and consistently supported the ‘heart @ work’ and our young people.

$100,000 of $1000’s of dollars have been generously given to see the work continue. We have seen so many lives changed, young people realise their worth and to this day we still believe the best is yet to come.

 

OUR TIMELINE

2002

Wrightsons Agriculture NZ launch ‘Land Skills’ – alternative education at the Warkworth Scout’s Hall headed by Gary Diprose, who would go on to become the Springboard Community Works founder. The programme moves to new premises in Port Albert, Wellsford. Seven disadvantaged youth are enrolled in the course.

2003

First snow trip to Turoa and Whakapapa is a highlight for many youth as is a camp on a sheep and deer farm in the Waikato.

Wrightsons conclude their contract. The alternative education programme continues as ‘Impact‘ under local church trust.

2004

Former policeman Lindsay Pahl joins Gary to work with the local youth.

2005

Exciting times as youth start to gain farming credits towards their NCEA.

2006

‘Impact’ alternative education is featured on a TV documentary.
A youth offenders programme, ‘Go 180’ is launched.

2007

Registered as not for profit under new name ‘Impact Community Services‘.

2008

Rebranded as ‘Springboard Community Works’ and ‘Elevate’ – family support programme, is launched.

2009

‘Energize’ – in-school values programme launched.
50% of youths on ‘Impact’ course achieve NCEA Level One.

2010

‘4U Mentoring’ programme launched.
TV3 document Springboard.
Springboard moves to leased building at Hamatana Road.
‘Papas Kitchen’ is launched.

2011

‘Vault’ – work readiness, programme is launched.
TV1 document the ‘Vault’ programme in ‘Unsung Heroes’.
‘1000@10 Supporter Club’ is launched.
‘Konnex’ is launched.

2012

Making firewood and furniture begins our social enterprise.
Springboard celebrates 10 year with a huge community celebration, including honoured guest Judge Andrew Becroft, Warkworth Police, Bluelight, Mahurangi College and Cr Penny Webster.

2013

‘Futureworks’ – youth transitioning programme was launched.
Hosted Prime Minister John Key during a visit with Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell.

2014

Springboard purchases the Hamatana Road building in Snells Beach.

2015

A ‘Community Development’ programme is launched to assist and collaborate with similar organisations working with vulnerable young people.
‘Learning Hub’ was launched.

2016

Gary is a recipient of the ‘Kiwibank Local Hero’ awards for Auckland.

2017

A ‘James Bond’ themed fundraising dinner at Ascensions Winery raised $57,000 to go towards the work of Springboard.

Springboard wins the inaugural AMP ‘Capital Peoples Choice Award’ for a Community Changemaker 2017.

2018

The Community Development arm of Springboard is branded with its own name and identity – Ahi.

Springboard is re-branded with a fresh and vibrant new look and new motto ‘heart at work’.

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