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.
Bonnie Mawson, Chief Executive Officer
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:
- 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.
- 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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Free Christian-based budgeting service with fully trained budgeters.
Assistance with budget planning and financial problems and/or check that clients are receiving benefits they are entitled to. This service is free.
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.
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.
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.
Free, confidential advice and information:
- consumer advice
- personal issues
Multiple offices: Aro Valley, Central City, Eastern Suburbs, Johnsonville, Newtown, Porirua, Wellington West (Karori)
Drop in sessions: you can find out more information about our sessions on our website.
L8, 203 Willis Street, Wellington
L2, 59 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
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 provide free work appropriate clothing to women who are entering or re-entering the workforce.
To help women on no or low income dress in appropriate business attire for job interviews or work experience.
For assistance with budget planning, financial problems, and advocacy for benefits, entitlements et cetera.
Free and confidential.
Advice, information on benefits, CYFS, publication, child behaviour and general life issues.
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.
Support, promotion, education & facilitation for Pacific communities.
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
Friendly, supportive community-based discussion groups for mothers of babies and young children in which to discuss maternal topics.
Charges for Services: Donation.
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.
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.
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.
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 deals with budgeting, family and youth issues.
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 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.
24hr phone service for people with pregnancy related issues, practical help where necessary, post abortion counselling.
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.
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 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.
Opportunity shop in Newtown with a welfare and support centre assisting those in need in our community. Offers language classes (ESOL).
Kaupapa Maori organisation working with rangatahi 'at risk' and their whanau.
Social service programmes for youth at risk, family group conferences, counselling, youth justice, information and advocacy.
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.
Available to all people throughout the community but particularly to those with limited financial resources. The service is staffed by experienced and qualified counsellors.
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.
Free legal advice, information and advocacy to the Whitireia community.
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.