the Motherhood Project
SUPPORT GROUPS AND SERVICES DIRECTORY
NZ WOMEN’S REFUGE. No one deserves to be abused, and we are always here to help you. At Women’s Refuge, we won’t judge you. We will listen to you and support you to make choices for your safety. Kia kaha. Our services are confidential and mostly free. If necessary you can use our safe houses, where you and your children can live if you need accommodation urgently. There are emergency groceries and things when you arrive if needed. Safety is the number one priority.
PARENTING PLACE is here to walk alongside you and your whānau from the moment your little one is born, until the time they raise tamariki of their own. Whether you have a newborn, a teenager, a troupe of grandkids, or nieces and nephews, we have a range of programmes, courses, camps and resources, tailored for you and your whānau.
MAN ALIVE. Counselling for men. Dedicated to working with men, boys and families on the issues that affect their lives since 1996. A non-profit, secular, apolitical organisation offering a broad range of counselling services and programmes with a goal to support all ages to strengthen their relationships with partners, children, family and friends. Run by men for men, man alive's team is dedicated to working in straightforward and practical ways.
PARENT TO PARENT can inform, educate, inspire and support you as you navigate your way through your family’s experience with disability. Often raising a child with a disability is an experience that isn’t planned, and we know it can be a challenging journey. Our services are free and confidential. Parent to Parent have 11 offices nationwide.
BARNARDO’S provides social support services to the most vulnerable children in our communities — including victims of family violence, addiction, neglect and abuse.We give guidance and support to parents, whānau and communities to help them build broader knowledge and resilience. We offer early learning and childcare to under 5s to set children on the right path for better educational and life outcomes.
BELLYFUL was ‘born’ out the desire to see families supported by their fellow community members.
Bellyful cooks and delivers meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, where there is little or no family or social support.
PREGNANCY HELP supports women and families who are pregnant in New Zealand. Pregnancy Help can provide or obtain information about services available to pregnant women and their families. They also offer a range of birthing/parenting support programmes. Any woman who is pregnant or who as recently been pregnant can ring for a friendly listening ear. Partners, other family members, and friends are all welcome to contact Pregnancy Help.
THRIVE offers support services to teen mums and teen dads who are either expecting their first child or are already new parents. Thrive aims to provide a full service where expectant teen parents-to-be can be given information on teen-centred pregnancy and parenting programmes and offer intensive social support (if eligible) with experienced social workers and case workers. Thrive regularly run groups for young mums and young dads, aimed at fostering and strengthening social connectedness, cohesion and to reduce social isolation.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN MENTAL ILLNESS support families and whānau to provide the best possible quality of life and recovery to their loved one who has a mental illness and to their own self care. We do this by free support, education and information for family and whānau. Mutual support, the sharing of experiences and gaining strength and skills to cope better through participation in support groups. Promoting the rights and needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
HEALTHLINE. Anyone can call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for advice and information from a trusted registered nurse, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You‘ll speak to a friendly registered nurse who will ask you questions about the condition or illness you’re calling about whether it’s for you or your children. From your answers, they assess symptoms and make a recommendation for the best thing to do. That might be to see a doctor or go to hospital straight away. If it’s less serious, they can tell you how to take care of yourself – or the person you’re ringing about – at home.
VILLAGE KIWI. Connecting you to your village. Discover nearby parents,
services and events today! A purpose-built online platform bridging the gap between families and communities. Finally, there is a way to quickly and simply connect with both other parents, and the family friendly services & events which exist around you.
MOTHERS HELPERS supports evidenced-based prevention, treatment and recovery options for mothers. We recognize that research in New Zealand of mothers with postnatal depression is limited, and that there are some types of treatment that are difficult to measure. Mothers Helpers supports continued research and seeks opportunities to measure recovery options including their own service to ensure mothers have the opportunity to recover quickly and more fully and preventing various consequences of postnatal depression in terms of its longevity and severity.
PARENT HELP supports parents to raise strong and resilient families. If you need someone to talk to about your parenting issue, call our free Parent Helpline on 0800 568 856, available from 9am-9pm 7 days a week. We provide positive and practical strategies and support. Calls are anonymous and non-judgmental.
PLUNKETLINE (0800 933 922) is a toll-free parent helpline and advice service available to all families, whānau and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls are free from cell phones. When you call PlunketLine your call will be answered by a Plunket nurse, who can give you advice and information on parenting issues and your child’s health and wellbeing. Plunket Nurses are registered nurses with additional qualifications in well child health. We also have nurses who can speak other languages.
SKIP is a nationwide network of individuals, community groups, government agencies, workplaces and national NGOs. Our aim is for all children in New Zealand to be raised in a positive way by parents and caregivers who feel confident about managing children's behaviour as part of a loving, nurturing relationship.