Amanda's story: Social Worker's encouragement changed the course of her life

If it wasn’t for Birthright Canterbury and the help of her social worker, Amanda’s life would look very different.

When her daughter was 18 months old and her son was six, Amanda and her partner separated. With no family in Christchurch and having developed a close relationship with her partner’s family, Amanda felt she had no support system after the separation.

Dan's story: "My social worker has become like family"

Life can be stressful and busy for Dan, a single father of two young daughters. In 2015, Dan went searching for extra support, knowing that it might be hard to find. Luckily, someone he knew mentioned Birthright Canterbury and he quickly got in touch.

Mark's story – from Birthright Client to Birthright Social Worker

When Mark O’Rourke was going through a difficult separation in 2010, the last thing he felt like attending was a Parenting through Separation (PTS) programme through Birthright.

“I felt at that stage that the Family Court system was a little bit gender biased and that I just kept banging my head against a brick wall.

“So, I was quite hesitant about doing the two-night course – but my whole perception of everything changed after that.”

Mark says one of the key factors that changed his attitude was meeting Birthright social worker and course facilitator Megan Morton.

Barnardos (Wanganui)

(06) 348 2091
Street address: 
31 Niblett Street, Wanganui
Services offered: - KidStart (06) 348 2092 - Children’s Supervised Contact - "All About Me" programmes for children and their parents/caregivers - Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) (home visiting for first three years of a child’s life) (06) 348 2094 - Free Parenting through Separation courses

Barnardos (Wellington)

(04) 385 7560
Email address: 
Street address: 
181 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Barnardos support services help: - Families under stress or in crisis - Sole-parent families - Children and young people who are at-risk from abuse or neglect, or who are distressed or disadvantaged - People wanting information about issues relating to families and services for families.

Birthright welcomes funding to build independence for families led by one person

Birthright New Zealand is delighted to be a recent recipient of funding from the Strathlachlan Fund. 

This funding will support a project to research, review and develop a sustainable programme for the support of single parent families who are upskilling, studying or undertaking apprenticeships or similar. 

This project will build on the legacy created by Sir Roy McKenzie whose generosity established Birthright retraining and scholarship opportunities over a number of years. 


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