Family Support

Family and Parenting Support

Often referred to as the hardest but most rewarding job in the world, raising kids can be tough going! Our Family/Whānau Support Worker can support parents and caregivers, either individually or in groups, with the skills they need to bring out the best in children. Drawing on a range of information from science, human development and behavioural theories, we can help you to set the foundations for a happy and healthy home where children can thrive.

Tararua Community Services. Becoming a parent is an exciting time which sometimes presents some challenges. Our Kaiāwhina is trained to support your journey from pregnancy, birth and beyond. Wahakura Wānanga are held at the Pahiatua Marae and are an opportunity to weave your own wahakura for your new pēpi/baby. Once woven, the wahakura are fitted with mattresses and linen to give your pēpi/baby a safe sleep space, perfect for whānau who plan to co-sleep. Love Rug Gifts are given to new babies that are born into our community. These are delivered to you, along with a meal for your family so you can put your feet up. Breastfeeding information and support and access to local Lactation Consultant clinics. Regular Coffee, Cake and Chat sessions with topics like CPR for babies, introducing solid food, carseat safety checking, supporting health sleep routines and supporting your baby’s healthy development. Individual support can be provided to meet your needs and link you to other services or support you at home. Free Pregnancy Tests and Midwives If you think you are pregnant, pregnancy tests can be done at Tararua Community Services or you can choose to take a kit home with you. If you do the test with us, you will be asked some questions such as: The date of the first day of your last periodWhat contraception/ārai hapū you have been using. You will be asked to give a urine sample which will be tested to see if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, we can: Refer you to a midwife who can care for you during your pregnancy. You can also find a midwife on this link: Referral Form - Download here or contact 06 3767608 More Information
Keryn Doyle
Tararua Community Services. Whanau Family Support. Kia Ora Koutou, I enjoy sharing laughter and knowledge with others and consider learning to be a lifelong process that supports the building of strong communities. I am a Pākehā woman with Irish roots, who grew up in South Taranaki. After many years working in various positions in the education sector, I left Wellington a few years ago to return to small town living. I love living a relatively quiet life in Woodville and enjoy working here at ‘The Trust’ in a family support role. I have particular experience in supporting children and parents and I am available to walk alongside you whatever your journey may be. I am a passionate advocate for women and children. I love this job and this wee community. Feel free to come in and meet me…oh and I love coffee! Individual: Drawing on a range of parenting theories, we can individualise our support to help meet your family needs. This can include supporting you to raise children with complex and challenging behaviour that can make it really hard to cope. Triple P Discussion Groups: Bringing a group of parents/caregivers together who are experiencing similar issues can provide a huge support. We cover topics like ‘Managing Fighting & Aggression’, ‘Dealing with Disobedience’, ‘Bedtime Routines’ and ‘Hassle-Free Shopping with Kids’. The Incredible Years: This programme involves parents attending fun, interactive weekly group sessions. The sessions are during school terms and involve plenty of time to discuss and practice new ways to manage children’s challenging behaviour, get ideas for growing positive social skills in children, and find ways to enhance relationships in families. Referral Form - Download here or contact 06 3767608 More Information