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Te Whare Awhero (Hope House) operating under the Hope Presbyterian Community Trust.

Mentoring Opportunities

 

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Parents,
You’re Not Alone!
Mō ngā Mātua,
He tautoko mā koutou

Everybody needs a little help at some time in their lives. This is especially true for parents and caregivers raising children. Whether it is learning about managing a child’s behaviour and providing boundaries, feeding your family well on your weekly budget, managing challenging family situations, connecting with others in your community or just needing someone to talk to. Freshperspective is there to help. Ahakoa te hiahia o ngā mātua me ngā mātua whāngai kia whakapakari ā rātou mōhio ki te tiaki tamariki, ngā aukati pai, ā rātou whakarite ia wiki, hohou I te rongo, te tūhonohono tangata I roto I te hāpori me te mea whai hoa mō rātou ko ngākau rānei, ānei te Kapua Pipī, te āwhina me te tautoko mā koutou. Freshperspective is a service of the Open Home Foundation developing a network of parent mentors through partnerships with local Christian churches throughout New Zealand. Mentoring is voluntary and free and aims to help parents and caregivers recognise their strengths and abilities, connect them with supports in their communities and bring a fresh perspective to life.

About Fresh Perspective

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Freshperspective is a service of the Open Home Foundation developing a network of parent mentors through partnerships with local Christian churches throughout New Zealand. Mentoring is voluntary and free and aims to help parents and caregivers recognise their strengths and abilities, connect them with supports in their communities and bring a fresh perspective to life.

The service is about supporting parents and caregivers who have asked for help. Mentors take time to listen, to encourage and to help as they walk alongside them doing the 'stuff of life' together.

Freshperspective provides training for the supervisors and mentors who volunteer from partner churches. Both supervisors and mentors go through an accreditation process which includes background checks and references.

Freshperspective is staffed by Regional Managers and Service Coordinators. Referrals and general enquiries go directly to the Regional Service Coordinators. If mentoring is going to be helpful the referral is passed on to a nearby mentor supervisor who then identifies the most suitable mentor available. After a 'compatibility' conversation with the parent/s or caregiver/s the supervisor personally introduces them.

The mentor builds a relationship with the parent/s or caregiver/s. As they walk alongside them, together they set the direction and purpose for the mentoring journey. Mentors meet regularly with their supervisor for the duration of the time that they are journeying with the parent/s or caregiver/s. 

Supervisors work with the support of their Freshperspective Regional Service Coordinator, Freshperspective help desk, and a local personal supervisor. The safety of people is really important. If safety issues arise, these will be discussed with the appropriate people or agencies.

Mentoring usually comes to an end by mutual agreement once the purposes of the journey are achieved, however parent/s or caregiver/s can withdraw from having a mentor at any time. The direction of the journey can sometimes evolve and change and therefore there is no set limit around how long mentoring continues provided it remains purposeful.

 

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Our vision at Te Whare is to positively influence and strengthen our community by offering services that embrace families and individuals facing life's changes

Contact Us

Te Whare Awhero (Hope House) is located in Hornby, Christchurch operating under The Hope Presbyterian Community Trust.

36 Amyes Rd Hornby Christchurch

03 9674673
admin@hopecentre.net.nz