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Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is a peer support programme for young people aged 5-18 who are suffering grief and loss. BAF delivers these programmes across Taranaki and within the Waikato region.

Seasons for Growth is a peer support programme for young people aged 5-18 who are suffering grief and loss through death or life-threatening illness of a parent or close relative; separation or divorce of parents; long-term imprisonment of a parent or close family member; long-term placement with foster parents; migration or other circumstances.

Support is provided in small, age-appropriate groups of young people who work alongside two volunteer adult companions. Each volunteer is police checked and undertakes a rigorous training programme prior to supporting young people. The programme runs for nine weekly sessions and guides young people along a structured journey to explore feelings and develop sustainable coping strategies for grief and loss.

Our programmes operate in New Plymouth, North/Central Taranaki, South Taranaki and Hamilton.  If you are interested in this programme please see our contact information below.

Volunteer Companions 
We are seeking anyone interested in being a volunteer companion. 
We are particularly interested in working with anyone who has experience of Seasons for Growth who may 
like to be a part of this important outreach. (Please see contact details below to make an inquiry.)

For programmes in Hamilton please contact:

Coordinator: Christine Forster
E: hamilton@seasonsfg.org.nz

For programmes in Katikati

Coordinator: Lesley Jenks:

P: 022 043 4060, or email.

For programmes in Waihi

Coordinator: Deanna Elliott: 

P: 022 083 5478, or email.

For programmes in New Plymouth please contact:

Coordinator: Judy Wood
P: 0277 033 769
E: newplymouth@seasonsfg.org.nz

For programmes in Central Taranaki please contact:
Coordinator: Tania Hanlon
P: 027 8010 633
E: central@seasonsfg.org.nz

For programmes in South Taranaki please contact:
Coordinator: Sharon Albrechtsen
P: 027 5346 067
E:south@seasonsfg.org.nz

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