Gary Diprose

Gary Diprose Gary spent 10 years in business management, running 300 cows and managing 50/50 share-milking in the dairy industry, and four years self employed in fencing. Founder and Director of Springboard, Gary currently oversees Springboard’s Impact Alternative Education, Da Crew and 4U Mentoring programmes, however, his planned new role as Programme Director will allow him to focus more time on staff management, programme supervision and development. He is Springboard’s visionary: he is driven by a passionate desire to assist people in the margins of society, inspiring his staff and volunteers to work toward community regeneration. Gary is married with three children.


About Springboard

Springboard Community Works has a proven track record as an alternative education provider, operating IMPACT Alternative Education since 2002. Our year-long programme provides at-risk young people aged 13-16 years – who have been removed from mainstream education – a vital opportunity to build a future. We have worked with 100 youths to date, with excellent outcomes. 

Our programme is unique in Rodney district in its intensity, scope, duration, faith platform and accessibility to all cultures. We work to establish long-term mentoring relationships with the students going beyond the course duration. We’re unique in our offering of practical skills development (chainsaw skills, fencing, health and safety, etc) which allows students to work toward NCEA Level 1. We have a strong emphasis on practical skill acquisition: a learner’s and restricted driver’s license and first aid certificate can be gained, and assistance is provided with CV preparation for job applications. Workshops are provided on a range of topics including drug and alcohol, anger management, goal setting, health and attitude. Students are also taught skills in horticulture and agriculture with practical assignments completed on and off site. We are funded by the Ministry of Education to teach 10 students (current capacity), with open access to all genders, races, cultures and belief systems.