Helping kids gain essential life skills

Over a dozen group programmes happen across Otago each year, making a positive difference in the lives of many children.

Rayleen Hubac, Family Works Group Work Coordinator, said, “We work with a wide range of children and families who are referred to us and are looking for support."

Family Works runs a variety of group programmes. There are courses for parents with young children, parents with teens, and grandparents who are raising grandchildren. The purpose is to connect people who are in similar situations and give them tools and skills to handle things a little differently.We also run several courses for children to help them better understand themselves, and their emotions, and to gain the confidence they need.

Because of ongoing generous support from Otago residents we run these courses at no cost to participants.

“The difference can be seen when you interact with parents and children at the end of a course, and see the change that has taken place in just a few short week. Feedback we receive confirms the real value of these groups.”

Here’s some of the things people have said about our group programmes:

  • The group really opened my eyes to being a positive parent
  • This is a great course, it has given me confidence that I needed.
  • We now have ways and strategies to help us when my child is having a melt down
  • The programme helped my son to recognise his feelings

Click here to find out more about the range of group programmes offered by Family Works.

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