Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Support Group

Are you a Grandparent raising your Grandchildren? 
Please join us at Te Whai Community House for our support group held monthly from 10am on Thursday mornings. This group is facilitated by our registered social worker who can provide guidance through the ups and downs of your challenging role. 

Upcoming group dates are: 
March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st

The purpose of this support group is:
1. To build connections with others who understand your position and enjoy morning tea kindly supplied by Zonta Mangawhai 
2. Give and receive mutual support 
3. Provide a link to Te Whai Community Trust for local services, programmes and support we can offer to yourself and the grandchildren you are raising such as:

  • Wellbeing consultations and wraparound support when it's needed

  • Child and teen programmes/therapy/mentors 

  • Whanau Sage service (volunteer companion/visitor) 

  • Support for holistic wellbeing, reducing anxiety, staying calm 

  • Arranging referrals, getting information, opportunities, advocacy 

  • Local site for Wellsford Citizen’s Advice Bureau pre-legal advice etc

  • Financial advisory/Warkworth Wellsford Financial/eligibility for benefits

  • Reminders and learning about self-care and self-compassion which is important when so much aroha and time goes to grandchild care, pick-ups, early childhood education or school connections, driving to therapy or counselling, taking to sports and after school or holiday activities, meetings with Oranga Tamariki, Court, etc 

  • Sharing experience about setting boundaries, coping with behaviour, understanding diagnoses, managing challenges, being kind 

  • Helping Te Whai develop a responsive, helpful, effective services 

    “Self Compassion involves treating yourself the way you would treat a friend who is having a tough life challenge. Western culture places great emphasis on being kind to friends, family, and neighbours who are struggling. Not so when it comes to ourselves, when we need it most – to become an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. But typically we don’t treat ourselves as well as we treat our friends” 
    Helen Roach, 15 December 2022 Te Whai Grandparents Group 

To register for this group please complete our online referral form or for more information please email info@tewhaicommunitytrust.co.nz or call 09 431 3459