Active Lifestyles for Whanau: Active Lifestyles is a FREE programme that offers families an awesome opportunity to socialize and participate in fun physical activity and recreation. The intention of the programme is to provide an entry level physical activity and nutrition programme for families in need. It offers something different each week, from modified sports, traditional Maori/cultural games to free swimming lessons and much more.
Asian Health Support Services: To improve the health status of Asian community. Offers interpreting and translation service, mental health support and improving access to information. Website: www.asianhealthservices.co.nz
Association for Teen parent Educators: NZ secretary /Avril Symons of He Wero O Na Wahine, Teen Parent Unit Henderson 837 7570 email@example.com
Auckland Regional Dental Service: Free dental care is available for children aged 0 years to Year 8 (Form 2) by the school dental service. Dental care from Year 9 (Form 3) until their 18th birthday (adolescent dental service) is provided by a contracted dental provider. Mobile dental clinics may also be based at Kohanga Reo and Pacific Island Language Nests. You can visit any ARDS clinic. For a list of clinics currently open in your area visit:www.ards.co.nz
Auckland Womens Centre: The Auckland Women’s Centre aims to provide affordable, quality welfare and support services, personal development educational opportunities, and collective advocacy on women’s issues. www.awc.org.nz They provide a downloadable book see link at base of this page for Young Parent Reource Book. They have a facebook page for single mums to connect together.
Barnardo’s: Providing home based childcare and out of school care, early learning centres. Safe environment for children meeting their noncustodial parent and home-based family support, advocacy and parent education. Website: www.barnardos.org.nz
Bellyfull: Providing meals for families with newborn babies, and families who are struggling with illness etc They are not a food bank, but help support mums in a stressful time contact Lynda Schoen. www.bellyful.org.nz
Birthright : Providing practical & emotional support to single parents www.birthright.org.nz
Brainwave Trust: Provide information regarding factors affecting brain development from conception to three years. Website: www.brainwave.org.nz
B4 School Check : The B4 School Check is a nationwide programme offering a free health and development check for four year olds. The free B4SC is available only to children who turn four from June 1, 2008 onwards. If your child is not eligible and you have concerns about their health or development, talk to your doctor or practice nurse.The B4 School Check aims to identify and address any health, behavioural, social, or developmental concerns which could affect a child’s ability to get the most benefit from school. It includes a check of your child’s: hearing,eyesight, teeth and gums, height, weight, behaviour and development. There is information for parents translated in to 8 other languages, and informations for early childhood education services and teachers. Key contact for west Auckland is the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) on 0800 104 105 or visit: www.moh.govt.nz/b4schoolcheck
Gastric reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable trust(GRSNNZ): Support, safe up to date information, confidentiality, guidance to access community services, and contact with other parents and staff who understand families living with Infant Gastric Reflux. Phone/Text 022 5855 935 or Phone 0800 380 517 www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz
Family Action: Offers refuge, outreach and counselling for those who have experienced abuse, trauma and Family Violence. Website: www.familyaction.org.nz
Father and Child Trust: The Father & Child Trust was founded in Christchurch in August 1997 by a group of dads who wanted to support each other as parents, bring a male perspective into child-raising and address the lack of services for New Zealand fathers. We aim to provide all fathers with any help they need, information and support, a safe place to strengthen our dad stuff, possibly form new networks and often just make us feel good about the most important job in our lives. We are not preachy and don’t lecture anyone on how to bring up their kids, we offer and share information for couples to make their own choices. www.fatherandchild.org.nz/auckland/
First Aid for Workplaces: A Good Practice Guide has just been launched by the Department of Labour. The guide can help you manage first aid needs in your workplace. www.osh.govt.nz The guide replaces the Department’s previous guidance material on first aid in workplaces. It takes account of recent regulatory changes, including the withdrawal of the Factories and Commercial Premises (First Aid) Regulations 1985. It was developed with the help of industry experts and reflects best practice. First Aid resources: First Aid for Workplaces – A Good Practice Guide – check out the full guide. www.osh.govt.nz First Aid at Work factsheet – summarises key points from the guide, tailored to the needs of small to medium businesses or centres. osh.govt.nz/publications For further information about health and safety, visit the Department of Labour website. http://www.dol.govt.nz/ Public health resources – colourful posters on healthy eating, drinking water, etc:www.healthed.govt.nz
Health education website: Ministry of Health website with details of health education resources near you, plus online catalogue of resources about key public health topics – promoting understanding of health issues and preventative measures. Free posters, booklets, etc. www.healthed.govt.nz
Health and disability commissioner: Champions of consumers’ rights: handling consumer complaints about health and disability services and how to improve the quality of health and disability services. This site has a good FAQ page. www.hdc.org.nz
Heath Point: Website with up-to-date information about health providers, including local GPs, services offered and common treatments www.healthpoint.co.nz
IMAC The Immunisation Advisory Centre: IMAC is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. The aim is to provide New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information including benefits and risks regarding immunisation, and vaccine-preventable disease. The information provided is based on international and New Zealand medical research and is supported by a large network of health professionals. www.immune.org.nz
La Leche League: Provide information, support & encouragement to mothers who want to breastfeed, encouraging and promoting the understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Ph: 846 0752 www.lalecheleague.org.nz
Language Line: Free Interpreting Service. Open 9am to 5pm www.languageline.govt.nz
Pasifika Migrant Services: Provide settlement services and offer training and workshops.
Pacific Island Safety & Prevention: Programs for the prevention of child abuse, parenting skills, family/ whanau support and anger management. Individual counselling.
Man Alive Counselling and Wellbeing Centre: Awakening the unique spirit of men to build communities that work for everyone – special support for fathers www.manalive.org.nz
MAMA Maternity Information Services (Mothers and Midwives Associated): MAMA is a maternity service provider organisation that is run by mothers and midwives who believe that pregnancy, labour and birth and mothering are normal and healthy events in a woman’s life. Pregnancy, birth and parenting information classes (Antenatal classes) available. Ph: 488 4634 www.mama-maternityinfo.co.nz
Maternity Services Consumer Council: The Maternity Services Consumer Council is a consumer organisation that promotes the rights of women throughout the birthing cycle. The website contains information on how maternity care is provided in New Zealand and the options available to women. www.maternity.org.nz
Miscarriage Support: Are a team of volunteers of various ages who have all experienced the loss of our own babies and would like to provide emotional support and information for women and their families during and after miscarriage and subsequent pregnancies www.miscarriagesupport.org.nz
NZ Multiple Birth Association: For expectant mothers, or for those raising multiples. www.multiples.org.nz
Parent & Family Resource Centre: Provide extensive resources, assistance with funding, community based groups, network centre for any disability. www.parentandfamily.org.nz
Parent Aid Waitakere: Help with a daytime service for caregivers who cannot manage. They provide easily accessible, immediate, short term practical service to assist the mothers of pre-school children when they are temporarily ill, emotionally stressed, in a crisis situation or for other reasons needing help to care for their children Ph: 836 4122 www.parentaidwaitakere.co.nzl
Parent Aid Northwest: Parent Aid is a free at-home service for parents – theye give parents a hand when they have their hands full. The service covers the north-west region of Auckland for families with 0-5 year old children Parent Aid is a not-for-profit organisation that recognises how important parents are to a healthy New Zealand. Since 2002 they have provided free home help to parents living in north west Auckland with a new baby or preschooler. www.helensville.co.nz
Plunket: A not-for-profit organisation with clinical staff and a volunteer network providing services to help families. PlunketLine is a toll free telephone helpline that offers information, support and advice to parents and caregivers from 7am to midnight, seven days a week. PlunketLine: 0800 933 922www.plunket.org.nz The West Auckland Plunket Family Centre is a drop-in centre is open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am – 2pm. The family centre services include (by appointment): Early Support Service – for specialist breastfeeding & parenting support: Day Stay – spend the day with experienced nurses for specialist help for feeding , parenting practice and managing baby; Workshop groups- including sleep & settling strategies, introducing solids, working and breastfeeding; Coffee groups- a couple of hours each week sharing with other mothers. The West Auckland Family Centre is at 5 Woodford Ave, Henderson, 836 5730.
Post Natal Distress Support Network Trust: Free support to women and their families, who are affected by all degrees of symptoms of; baby blues, antenatal and postnatal distress and depression (PND), anxiety, stress and birth trauma. Ph: 836 6967 www.postnataldistress.org.nz
Project Rachel – Baby Loss Support: Provide support after ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion and stillbirth. Confidential one to one counselling, Support group and ‘Days of Hope and Healing’ Retreats. Meet with others who have had the same experience, in a safe environment. Looking at the stages of grief that are needed for healing after abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth. Hosted by Project Rachel Ministry. For further Information: (0800) 111 811
Refugee Health Care Handbook: Free (published 2001). Ministry of Health. Who is a refugee? The experience of refugee women, cultural backgrounds, common health issues in refugees, etc. Available on website: http://www.moh.govt.nz. Important reading for those working with young refugee families.
Refugee health website: Has a wide range of links to services, such as interpreting services. Publications list suitable for academic study. www.refugeehealth.govt.nz
SPARC: (Sport & Recreation New Zealand): Have ideas encouraging people to get active in families and communities. They publish fourteen activity guides for under fives. Ph: 0800 22 8483 www.pushplay.org.nz
Safekids: For the prevention of specific unintentional childhood injuries. www.safekids.org.nz
Stillborn & newborn death support: www.sands.org.nz. With phone support, meetings, coffee group, library & magazine available.
Tamariki Ora: This service home visits and has a Maori Kaupapa Family/Whanau support – for young parents who need support around transport to get to health appointments etc, want education and support around parenting.
The Asian Network Inc: Provides health information and referral services for Asian families. www.asiannetwork.org.nz
The Fono Health Trust and The Fono Family Start: Home-based service for families facing challenges in health, welfare or education, starting as early as possible. www.westfono.co.nz
The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders: Provides quality information about rare conditions, has a comprehensive directory of more than one hundred and sixty NZ support groups, and promotes policy discussion. www.nzord.org.nz
Thrive – Teen parent Support Trust For support on teenage pregnancy, teen antenatal classes & young mum’s support groups. Ph : 551 4367 or 551 4386 www.thrive.org.nz
Young Parent Resource book: Provided by Auckland Womens centre. This downloadable book has been created especially for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand, who are parents or who are about to become parents. People who are involved with, or who support young parents, may also find this booklet useful. Young Parent Reource Book
WellChild / Tamariki Ora: Is about babies, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old and keeping them well, growing and developing to their fullest potential. Te Whanau o Waiperreira have a free home-based service for pepi & tamariki of Waitakere. Call 0800 924 942 or text 021 277 7498. www.wellchild.org.nz
West Auckland Women’s centre: A drop-in centre, library, information on women’s health, rights, issues etc. www.awc.org
West Links Family Services: Supporting children and their families where invisible disabilities such as AD/HD, Aspergers, ASD, ODD, CD etc, affect their daily quality of life – with the objective of achieving improvements & supporting a good life within an inclusive community. We are a not-for-profit Community Group registered with the Charities Commission. www.westlinksfamilyservices.co.nz
Legislation does require that all agencies working with children to have policies covering how to recognise and report suspected child abuse and neglect.
Child, Youth & Family Services – Now called Oranga Tamariki
Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Vulnerable Children. Support and information about keeping our children safe from child abuse. Call 0508FAMILY. www.mvcot.govt.nz.
Educating and supporting adults to keep New Zealand children safe from child abuse.www.childmatters.org.nz/