Group Programmes

Group Programmes

Supa Savvies – is a facilitated programme designed for well motivated and savvy 60+ year olds looking to meet new people of a similar age for some fun and lively discussions.

Youth programmes – we have three programmes that run in schools around Auckland. The progammes cover topics such as anger management, creating respectful relationships, and a life-skills course that focuses on making better choices, motivation and resiliency.

New Start programme, Helping Migrant and Refugee Women – a group programme for women newly arrived to New Zealand either as new migrants or through the refugee programmes.

Supa Savvies

What it is about: This programme has been designed for well motivated and savvy 60+ year olds who live in the Auckland region. Especially suitable for those people who live alone or lack the family or social supports that they would like.

These small groups are a place to meet new people, have some fun, increase social contact, enjoy discussions and rebuild confidence.

Who would benefit: Any motivated, fit, active 60+ year old who lives in the Auckland region who would like to meet new people, build confidence, have some fun and partake in discussions.

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Duration: The groups meet with a trained facilitator for 10 fortnightly sessions and then move into a new stage of creating and running their own group gatherings.

Cost: FREE.

Contact: To register call us on 09 630 8961.

“I believe this is an important initiative which will support our elders and help to maintain good mental health amongst this sometimes forgotten group in our communities. Feeling useful, remaining active and maintaining a mutually supportive network no doubt helps to protect against premature ageing.” Programme facilitator, Jaqui

Youth programmes

Issues frequently affecting young people include self-esteem, relationship changes, developing discipline and other school issues. It may include the impact of parents separating, eating disorders, depression and behavioural problems.

We have developed three youth group programmes to help young people adjust through this turbulent time.

1. Challenges, choices, change

What is it about: Understanding and management of emotions.

Who would benefit: male and female students aged 10-17 years who want to develop self-awareness and communicate more effectively.

Group size: 10-15 students.

Duration: 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.

Cost: FREE.

Contact: for more information. 

2. Creating respectful relationships

What is it about: Understanding what creates safe, healthy relationships.

Who would benefit: young women 10-17 years who want to have more positive and meaningful relationships.

Group size: 10-15 students.

Duration: 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.

Cost: FREE.


3. I have, I am, I can

What is it about: Making better life choices, goal setting, motivation, and resiliency.

Who would benefit: young men and women aged 15-18 years who need support, self-confidence and focus to help reach their full potential.

Group size: 10-15 students.

Duration: 2 hours a week for 8 weeks.

Cost: FREE.



New Start Programme Helping Migrant and Refugee Women

Run through our Mt Eden centre. Home and Family provides a group programme for women who have recently arrived in New Zealand either as new migrants or through the refugee programmes.

What it is about: These groups provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which to work through the traumas of their past and difficulties in resettling, to help them find the confidence to rebuild their lives and their family.

Who it would benefit: Women who have experienced war, trauma and other violence/abuse looking to develop support networks to help them adapt to the New Zealand way of life.

Group size: 12-15 women with four facilitators.

Duration: 2 ½ hours a week for 6 weeks, plus one full day.

Cost: FREE.


Note: Childcare and transport is available.

Our New Start programme is facilitated by Estelle and Murial How the New Start programme has helped others Women who have joined the programme have made the following comments:

“Escaping from my country was very traumatic for me – I felt sure I would die. I feel very alone with my family so far away and suffering so much. I look forward to the group each week and it is helping me deal with the trauma I have been through.” “My children are caught between two cultures. I find this difficult as a parent but have found discussing this with the group very helpful.”

New Start Programme Facilitators Murial Muriel is an experienced counsellor from India. She has a Master’s in Child Psychology and Counselling and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). Muriel has had extensive training in a wide range of counselling approaches, enabling her to work with children, adolescents, couples and families. She is a group facilitator and Family Court counsellor. Muriel started her career as a school counsellor and went on to teach psychology at University level. Her multi-lingual abilities and a deep understanding of various cultures has been the key to her success as a multi-cultural counsellor. She stresses the importance of having clients feel valued and respected in the counselling process. She is happily married with two adult children.

Estelle Estelle is a psychologist and psychodramatist whose work with Home and Family involves leading a group for women refugees and immigrants focusing on trauma healing and other issues using action methods, as well as others. Over several decades, Estelle has developed a focus on working with trauma. She was one of the original counsellors with the Sexual Abuse Help Foundation and still works in private practice with survivors of abuse: female and male. She also does groupwork with a co-leader and a team, subsidised by the Accident Compensation Corporation. Working with trauma also involves experiencing transformation, and this side of her work she finds deeply satisfying. It is also reflected in her love of many creative forms of expression including sand-tray work, clay, body casting, music and environment. Estelle was married for many years and is mother to three adult children and grandmother to five. She has been in a committed lesbian relationship for some time.


Safety Programme

What it is about: This programme is for women who wish to rebuild confidence and self-worth in their lives following an abusive or violent relationship. The programme is provided by counsellors who are professionally trained and experienced in working with women in the area of domestic violence. The programme has been approved by the Ministry of Justice.

Who it would benefit: Women who have experienced an abusive or violent relationship who are looking to build their confidence within a caring, supportive environment.

Group size: Run as an individual programme.

Duration: Once a week for eight sessions.

Cost: FREE.

Contact: Contact us for more information.

What is violence and abuse? Women who have lived under the control of another person who has been violent, or emotionally or physically abusive, often describe feeling anxious in the presence of their partner or doubting their own abilities to do simple things:

“Nothing I do is good enough. It’s like he’s watching every move I make, ready to criticise; just the though of him coming home makes me feel anxious.” “I have no confidence. Just doing the shopping is stressful. For years I thought it was my fault, that I was stupid.” “I feel as if I’m going crazy, I’m not myself anymore.”