The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Youth Development Unit (YDU) South, along with the latest Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme participants, have a busy week ahead.
20 April 2017
The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Youth Development Unit (YDU) South will support Anzac Day services in Hanmer Springs again this year.
YDU South, along with the latest Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme participants, have a busy week ahead, as they support Anzac services, hold an open day for Hanmer Springs residents and spend a day working on a walking track.
YDU South Commander Lieutenant Commander Grant Boore said YDU had been supporting the Hanmer Springs services for many years and this year was no exception.
“While all NZDF personnel actively support Anzac Day services throughout New Zealand, it is indeed a unique opportunity to share this national commemoration with the young people involved in the LSV programme.
“To be able to deploy a company-size contingent of about 125 personnel to a community event such as Anzac Day is very special privilege.
“This is a great opportunity to support a local community and their commemoration of Anzac Day, along with providing a specific community support activity. To be able to carry this out within the framework of the LSV programme is an exciting challenge.”
While in Hanmer Springs the LSVs will spend a day at Conical Hill working on a community walking track and will also host an open day in the afternoon on Anzac Day, after the civic commemorations.
“This gives the trainees and the NZDF the opportunity to showcase the LSV programme, as well as introducing the LSV trainees to community service and volunteer work,” Lieutenant Commander Boore said.
The LSV programme is a six-week course run at Burnham Military Camp by the NZDF in conjunction with Ministry of Social Development (Work and Income).
The course is designed to motivate unemployed young people aged from 18-25 and help them develop the core values of self-discipline, confidence, cooperation and respect while developing positive attitudes to improve their job prospects.