We are VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, which stands for Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to me. Established in 2017, we are an independent charity organisation that helps to advocate for the approximately 6000 children with care experience (children in foster or whanau care) in New Zealand. We exist to amplify the voices of these children and ensure that they are heard – so as to positively influence their individual care and to collectively affect change in the wider care system. VOYCE was co-designed by children with care experience for children with care experience.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai runs local events and experiences to create safe networks and communities that connect care experienced young Kiwis and help build positive morale. Our whakapapa reflects a strong and unique partnership between young people, government, the philanthropic and non-government sectors – we are co-funded by government and philanthropy partners. We believe that it is only in working together that the vision of building a community of positive, confident and capable care experienced young people will be realised.