Parents Group - offers an opportunity to learn about a range of parenting related topics, while having fun with other parents/caregivers. People who have attended in the past have said the group is a fantastic way of making new friends and learning practical skills. Previous topics have included basic first aid; fire safety training; and how to make Christmas cards and decorations. DIY workshops have also been held on subjects such as lawn mower maintenance.
Parents have said they have liked the groups for:
“Support, friendship, ideas, networking, trips and outings, laughter, activities and workshop.”
“Meeting heaps of new mums and having different opportunities to listen to talks and learn new things.”
Girls Group - is designed for teenage girls and aims to teach, inspire and support emerging young women through, what can be a challenging time. Through learning new skills, sharing experiences and reflecting, teenagers are provided with tools to help them choose their best path in life.
Some girls have said they:
“Met and made new friends.”
“Girls Group helped me in my self-confidence."
Sewing Group - This is a new group that started mid-2015. A volunteer runs the group in a safe, non-judgmental and encouraging learning environment. Parents learn basic sewing skills during a two-hour class. Beanies, scarves, pillowcase dresses and aprons are among the items made so far.
Ashburton Coffee Group - allows for parents to meet other parents over a cup of coffee in an informal and friendly environment. It is a chance for parents to get help, support and advice on a variety of topics. There is also the occasional guest speaker. The group meet on the second monday of every month at Presbyterian Support Tancred Street at 10am. The group is free to attend and runs for approximately one hour.