Wellington

Phone number: 
(04) 499 0055
Email address: 
info@birthrightwellington.org.nz
Address: 
89B Thorndon Quay, Wellington 4500 / PO Box 706 Wellington 6140

Bonnie Mawson, Chief Executive Officer

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Annual Report and Financial Statement 2017

The focus of our service is the children and young persons of one-parent families.  Our services are provided in the family context; we work with the whole family.  Our task is to facilitate the growth of confidence, development of living skills and a sense of wellbeing within the family unit and its individual members. The welfare and interests of the child or young person shall be the first and paramount consideration.

Please feel free to contact our office between 9am and 4pm for information and support.

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Our free services include:

For Parents:
  • Home-based social work support, enabling you to find practical solutions
  • Working with you on a tailored plan for your family
  • Offering parent education opportunities
  • Offering parent networking opportunities
  • Access to our library of resource materials
  • Offering support and advocacy with a range of agencies, e.g. Work & Income and Housing New Zealand
  • Providing referrals to specialist services.

For Children and Young Adults

  • Offering fun, self-esteem building activity programmes for children and teenagers
  • Offering a range of camps and outings
  • The opportunity to participate in specialist programmes that build confidence and resilience, e.g. Outward Bound.

For Families

  • Offering low cost/free events for the whole family to enjoy
  • Providing practical assistance with clothing, toys and books
  • Publishing regular newsletters with something for everyone.

“Thank you so much for sending me and my daughter to Outward Bound for 8 days! It was fantastic swimming in the sea every day, sailing and rowing for two days, tramping, kayaking in white water, running every day, rock climbing, high wires. It was an amazing time and so good going with her – so much excellent quality time!! We will both remember this experience for a very long time! It was so much fun!” - Birthright Wellington client.

“Thank you so much! My Outward Bound course was easily one of the best experiences of my life. It changed my outlook on life and gave me new motivation in everything that I do as well as allowing me to try out heaps of new things such as white water kayaking, high ropes, sailing, rowing & tramping. But perhaps the most important thing I got out of this course was the new bond formed between me and my mother as well as the other people in my watch. However, although Outward Bound strengthened the relationship with my mother and I, they also put a great amount of effort to make sure us youth also learn to be independent and responsible for our actions. None of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for you, so thanks.” - Birthright Wellington client’s daughter.

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AdoptUs Counselling Centre Inc
Street address:
201 Warspite Ave, Waitangirua, Porirua 5024, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 235 0125

AdoptUs Counselling Centre provide culturally appropriate counselling services for Pacific Island families, youth and other ethnic groups in the community. We have NZQA qualified counsellors who provide one to one counselling services and prevention and intervention workshops that focus on areas in health, problem gambling, alcohol and drug assessment and counselling, and mental heath issues.

Agape Budgeting Service
Street address:
30-32 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand
Telephone:
04 477 3000

Free Christian-based budgeting service with fully trained budgeters.

Aro Valley Budget Service
Street address:
48 Aro St, Aro Valley, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
04 384 2241

Assistance with budget planning and financial problems and/or check that clients are receiving benefits they are entitled to. This service is free.

Barnados (Wellington)
Email address:
Street address:
181 Vivian St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 385 7560

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.

Catholic Social Services
Street address:
Level 1, 132 Tory Street Te Aro Wellington 6011
Telephone:
(04) 385 8642

Counselling for individuals, couples and families of all ages on self-esteem, violence prevention education and parenting groups. Committed to Treaty of Waitangi and knowing our cultural diversity. Low cost counselling in Wellington, including the Hutt Valley and Porirua.

Choices Inc. (Wellington)
Street address:
41 Victoria St, Wellington, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 381 3100

A mentoring programme providing support for young people between thirteen and seventeen years of age in the Wellington region. We provide comprehensive training for and supervision of our mentors. Gain skills and experience, meet new people and contribute to the community. We are a charitable organisation run by volunteers and not affiliated to any religious or political groups.

Citizens Advice Bureau (Wellington)
Email address:
Street address:
Civic Square, Wellington, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 472 2466

Free, confidential advice and information:
- legal
- budgeting
- employment
- tenancy
- consumer advice
- personal issues

Multiple offices: Aro Valley, Central City, Eastern Suburbs, Johnsonville, Newtown, Porirua, Wellington West (Karori)

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley
Email address:
Street address:
Level 8 203 Willis St Wellington, and Level 2 59 Queens Drive Lower Hutt
Telephone:
(04) 499 2928

Drop in sessions: you can find out more information about our sessions on our website.

Wellington:
L8, 203 Willis Street, Wellington

Lower Hutt:
L2, 59 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

Downtown Community Ministry
Email address:
Street address:
2 Lukes Ln, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 384 7699

Downtown Community Ministry gives down-to-earth support to individuals and families and speaks out on social issues affecting the people with whom we work.

Dress For Success (Waikato)
Street address:
113 Alexandra Street, Level 1, Vickery House Building, Hamilton
Telephone:
07 839 1147

Dress for Success provide free work appropriate clothing to women who are entering or re-entering the workforce.

Dress For Success (Wellington)
Street address:
53 Boulcott St, Wellington, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 473 2940

To help women on no or low income dress in appropriate business attire for job interviews or work experience.

Eastern Suburbs Budget Service
Street address:
108 Strathmore Ave, Strathmore Park, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 388 2776

For assistance with budget planning, financial problems, and advocacy for benefits, entitlements et cetera.

Free and confidential.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Wellington)
Email address:
Street address:
Telephone:
(04) 499 4708

Advice, information on benefits, CYFS, publication, child behaviour and general life issues.

Heart to Heart Parenting Trust
Street address:
92 Mairangi Rd, Wadestown, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 938 9470

Provides courses for parents and gives parents tools with which to create a positive and enriching family environment. Aims to build up parents' and children's self-esteem.

K'aute Pasifika Services
Email address:
Street address:
960 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Telephone:
07 834 1482

Support, promotion, education & facilitation for Pacific communities.

Mokai Kainga Maori Centre
Email address:
Street address:
72 Happy Valley Rd, Owhiro Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 383 8970

Mokai Kainga provides health, education, welfare and employment services for Maori by Maori in the Wellington City area.

Key functions include:
- Maori Development programmes that respond to the needs of Maori
- empowering Maori
- promotion of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
- maintaining a positive working partnership with the Wellington City Council

Mothers' Network Inc. (Wellington)
Street address:
Telephone:
(04) 383 8255

Friendly, supportive community-based discussion groups for mothers of babies and young children in which to discuss maternal topics.

Charges for Services: Donation.

Multicultural Services Centre Inc.
Email address:
Street address:
39 Webb St, Mount Cook, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 384 3698

The Centre is a one-stop-shop providing services to the refugee and migrant community in Wellington. Five different services operate from the Centre:
- RMS Refugee Resettlement
- Refugees as Survivors
- ESOL Home Tutors Wellington
- Multicultural Learning and Support Services
- Wellington Community Interpreting Service.

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
Street address:
21A Colombo St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 389 4786

Free counselling service, school holiday programme, English language classes, family support services and community drop-in. Citizens Advice Bureau. Introductory computer tuition and community education classes and workshops available on request. Affiliated to the Newtown Youth Workers Network.

Nga Whakatauki Trust
Email address:
Street address:
88 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 472 0433

Maori health-provider specialising in sexual/family health education. Community programmes on accessible health, justice, welfare and social services. Also has a drop-in-centre.

Ngati Kahungunu Ki Poneke Community Services
Street address:
Telephone:
(04) 384 6252

Provides support for children up to seventeen years of age and their families. Receives referrals from social welfare agencies, justice services, community and schools.

Pacific Budgeting Family Service Trust
Email address:
Street address:
21A Colombo St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 389 8167

Pacific budgeting family service trust deals with budgeting, family and youth issues.

Parent Help
Email address:
Street address:
173-175 Victoria Street, Wellington
Telephone:
(04) 499 9994

Providing support for parents facing parenting challenges - no matter how large or small the issue. We provide a seamless, integrated parenting support service to enhance parenting skills and help parents manage their child's behaviour. Services: 24 hour telephone helpline. Counselling and family therapy in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Porirua. Parenting education - both group and individual. Specialised anger change programmes.

Parents Centres New Zealand Inc.
Email address:
Street address:
13 Marina View, Mana, Porirua 5026, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 233 2022

Parents Centre is a nationwide organisation established by parents for parents. Parents Centres teach about birth and parenting, and support parents in their role and aim to ensure that birthing and parenting are recognized and valued in the community.

Pregnancy Counselling Services
Street address:
Telephone:
04 383 5524

24hr phone service for people with pregnancy related issues, practical help where necessary, post abortion counselling.

Pregnancy Help (Hutt Valley)
Street address:
774 High Street, Lower Hutt
Telephone:
04 232 5760

Pregnancy Help is a free service that provides safe and warm baby equipment (including warm bedding and maternity clothes), as well as support and advice. First Thursday of every month - 10am-noon.

Pregnancy Help (Kapiti)
Street address:
4 Bedford Ct, Cannons Creek, Porirua 5024, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 237 5253

A free service that provides practical assistance and support to women who are or who have recently been pregnant. Information, referrals, new born baby clothes, nappies, bassinets and a listening ear or two.

Skylight Counselling and Support Groups (Wellington)
Email address:
Street address:
143-145 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 920 9967

Skylight offers counselling and support groups for children, teens, adults and families who are facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief - whatever the cause. Available in Wellington, Porirua and Lower Hutt. Contact us for further details about counselling and support groups coming up.

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul
Email address:
Street address:
209 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 389 7122

Opportunity shop in Newtown with a welfare and support centre assisting those in need in our community. Offers language classes (ESOL).

Te Ahi Kaa (Wellington)
Street address:
10 Raroa Rd, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 568 1000

Kaupapa Maori organisation working with rangatahi 'at risk' and their whanau.

Te Atiawa Whanau Services
Street address:
5 Puketapu Grove, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 569 7502

Social service programmes for youth at risk, family group conferences, counselling, youth justice, information and advocacy.

Wesley Community Action
Email address:
Street address:
57 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 385 3727

A service provider focused on breaking the cycles of disadvantage. Improving lives by partnering with isolated elderly, at-risk youth, and them marginalised by poverty.

Wesley Wellington Counselling Centre
Street address:
75 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 384 7695

Available to all people throughout the community but particularly to those with limited financial resources. The service is staffed by experienced and qualified counsellors.

Whare Manaaki Porirua Women's Refuge
Email address:
Street address:
Lyttelton Ave, Porirua 5022, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 234 6118

24-hour support and safe emergency accommodation for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Also provides assistance with legal information, medical information and WINZ.

Whitireia Community Law Centre
Street address:
16 Hagley St, Porirua 5022, New Zealand
Telephone:
(04) 237 6811

Free legal advice, information and advocacy to the Whitireia community.

Widowed Separated & Divorced Support Group (WSD)
Email address:
Street address:
Telephone:
(04) 499 5520

We are a support group for people who have lost a partner through death, separation or divorce. Our aim is to encourage self-healing and growth. We run ten-week courses up to three times per year in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Kapiti and the Wairarapa. There is also a social programme for those who continue to be members after they have finished their courses.