Family Start

The Family Start service is provided in your home and is a strength based programme that is child centered and whānau focused. A service that will meet your cultural needs and values and provided by multi-skilled Kaimahi Whānau (family support workers) to promote independence and empowerment within your whānau.

The outcomes you can expect from this service are:

Your children will have improved chances of having the best possible start in life

Your role as parent or primary caregiver will be supported and strengthened through acquiring new skills to raise your children

Your own and your whānau circumstances will be improved and strengthened by being supported to achieve goals and overcome barriers that are a concern to you

Registration with Family Start is available for parents and primary caregivers in Hastings with babies from the second trimester of pregnancy to twelve months old.  The service can be ongoing with the whānau and child until the child is at primary school.

Participation is voluntary and whānau can be referred by other agencies such as GPs and midwives or by contacting the service directly.

Kaimahi Whānau will share:

A confidential service, listening and offering support and understanding to the whānau

Practical and new ideas to help your child grow and develop through the delivery of the Ahuru Mowai - Born to Learn Programme

Ideas on how to maintain and strengthen whānau relationships

Ideas on how to build whānau and community networks

Ideas on coping with everyday life eg: housing and budgeting

Within the Family Start service a Tane Manaaki group has been established to focus on the specific needs of fathers and male primary caregivers.  Every fourth Thursday of the month our two male Kaimahi Whānau facilitate activities and education in a group environment whether it be in the classroom or out in the natural environment such as collecting kaimoana.

Family Start also hosts a Mums Group every second Thursday of the month and this hui is extremely popular.

Feedback from this programme includes:

"Since becoming involved with Family Start I am attending William Colenso College for Teen Parents and living back at home with my Dad. My baby is in a safe environment and thriving" (Family Start client).

"They've helped me and my children out a lot and I appreciate that. Without them, I wouldn't be here today" (Family Start client).

"The Dads group has given me confidence and heaps of self esteem working with my young fellas. It's cool" (Tane Manaaki client)

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