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Birthright Wanganui was established in 1959 and supports one parent families in a variety of ways. Our focus is always on the whole family and the well-being of the children. We have an enthusiastic team and would love to meet you!
You can contact the Manager or Fieldworkers between 9am – 2.30pm, Monday to Thursday (note we are closed Fridays). We are open all year round except Christmas until mid-January.
For parents, grandparents and caregivers:
- Enabling you to find practical solutions to day to day problems
- Parenting programme
- Working with you on a tailored plan for your family
- Offering parent education opportunities
- Offering parent networking opportunities
- Supporting you to engage with services, e.g. Work and Income
- Providing referrals to specialist services.
For children and young adults we offer the following opportunities:
- Subsidised after school activities such as swimming
- Activity days during school holidays.
- Offering low-cost events for the whole family to enjoy
- Providing practical assistance with furniture, toys, clothing and books
- Up to date news on our Facebook page
- Christmas presents and birthday cards for up to 12-year-olds
- Free food and veg from Whanganui Community Fruit Harvest.
We encourage and assist families to:
- Develop their own strengths
- Set realistic goals for parents and children
- Plan their own future
- Be a valued and valuable member of their own community.
You can help us with:
- Making a donation
- Becoming a Friend of Birthright Whanganui
- Giving your time as a valued volunteer
- Sharing your skills and talents with us.
Regional Services - Search
- 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
Provides food and shelter.
Provides information, advocacy and support to individuals.
Current services include:
- counselling with families, couples, groups, and individuals
- Family Court counselling
- professional supervision; Boundaries with Kids - a 6 week parenting programme covering a balance of useful learning and ‘how to’ strategies
- Free to be Me - a 12 week programme designed for adults who have experienced family violence
- Boundaries-an eight week, Christian-based programme that offers women the opportunity to learn how to establish clear, healthy boundaries in relationships
Home based social work and parenting programmes. Working with local families to provide safe care and help nurture their children
Home based social work support and family mentoring.
Provide information, education, support and training to the families/whanau of people experiencing mental illness.
The Whanganui People's Centre provides free support and an advocacy service for beneficiaries and low income workers who are clients of Work & Income, Inland Revenue, Housing New Zealand etc.
Recreation programmes for children
Young Parents Programme
Employment through Workplace Training
Youth Leadership Programme.
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