Waipuna – St John of God
Young Parents Development service oers individual and group support to help young mums and dads
make thoughtful choices in their parenting. They provide support for individual young parents 19 years
and under in a number of areas like parenting, relationships, tenancy issues, budgeting, health and
pregnancy issues, job search support, problem solving and goal setting. They also oer a number of
other programmes such as:
Watch, Wait and Wonder bonding and attachment programme.
HOPE social housing project supports young parents to access aordable housing for vulnerable young
families while delivering wrap-around services focused on social, employment, education and training.
Young Parents Development Service also oers groups for young parents 25 years and under, these
groups included Plunket Pregnancy and Parenting Education, Infant Massage, Managing Emotions,
Young Parents Breastfeeding group and Mellow Parenting Group.
Transport and food is provided at all our groups. We also have childcare available onsite - Little Owls is
our early education centre at Waipuna. Young parents are also able to engage with our youth mental
health services like counselling for young people in the areas of mental health, alcohol and drug issues,
and eating awareness.
Early Start Project
Taking part in Early Start is voluntary and free. Early Start is a support service for families who are
expecting a new baby or who are already caring for a new baby. Families living in Canterbury, and who
meet the criteria are eligible for this long term home-visiting service. We are able to work alongside
families until the baby goes to school.
We can oer families support with:
Physical, social and emotional well-being of infants and children
Healthy child development
Child safety and well being
Encouraging participation in early childhood education services
Smoke free home environment/smoke cessation
Maternal/paternal depression/mental health support
Advocacy, home skills, relationship issues
Family violence and addiction supports
Support through crisis.
Please visit www.earlystart.co.nz for more information.
Te Tai O Marokura
Providing confidential support, advice, education & care from conception to all mums in Kaikoura. One
to one care individually tailored to the needs of every mum/whanau to prepare for the arrival of baby &
ongoing support in the new journey of parenthood.
Te Ora Hou
The Te Ora Hou Whānau Ora Navigator works with teen parents aged 19 years and under and their
children to support them with their physical and emotional wellbeing. This is done together by creating
a whānau PATH plan that identifies goals that the teen parent and children want to achieve. The Whānau
Ora Navigator is also able to support with funding to achieve some goals and can also link them with
other supports when necessary. It is the Whānau Ora Navigators role to ensure that all teen parents and
their children live in warm healthy homes, are connected to whānau supports where able, and are making
healthy decisions for themselves and their children.
Phone 0800 555 121 Email linKIDS@cdhb.health.nz Fax (03) 337 8620 PO Box 1600, Christchurch