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Skylight Workshops

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘Online bullying and online issues with children and young people’ is on Thursday 4th June | 9.30am-12.30pm. The topics that will be discussed are: a quick look at security and scams, what children and young people are doing online, how we can help them be as safe as possible, some challenges they will need to manage. There will be plenty of chances to ask questions, discuss problems and look at some resources.

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘A therapeutic pathway into mindfulness for children’ is on Friday 10th July | 9.30am-5pm. This workshop will explore mindfulness relating to our own personal practice and then the practical applications to children and young people, both at an individual and class level; draw on John’s research; and share the learnings relating to emotional awareness and resilience, cognitive awareness and social skills with children. It will be relevant to teachers, social workers, counsellors and psychologists working with children.

To register, please complete the attached registration form.

If you have any questions, please email pd@skylight-trust.org.nz

Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development Administrator
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.


Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

Free Workshop and Lunch for Carers | Wellington Dec 2014

Skylight is offering TWO FREE WORKSHOPS to recognise, support  and provide a special experience for people who care for whãnau/family (with disabilities) for no financial gain.

  • Date: 10th and/or 17th December
  • Time: 10:00am-12.30pm
  • Location: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Newtown, Wellington

Are you a Carer of a family member or someone close to you, or perhaps you know someone else who is?

Being a Carer is demanding on a whole lot of levels. Skylight invites you to join two free workshops designed to acknowledge and support you in your important role. Skylight would like to provide a special experience and a great opportunity to connect with others who understand what’s involved.

Facilitator: Sally Jansen van Vuuren is an experienced and caring counsellor working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Sally has worked as a trainer, educator and consultant, and has developed and facilitated workshops for a range of organisations.

To Register

Send your name, address, phone number and email to RSVP, noting which workshop(s) you will be attending (10th and/or 17th December).

Note: These sessions are FREE for carers who provide care or support for family/whanau members i.e. voluntarily and not for financial gain.

Reimbursement is available for:

  • Carer relief—if you incur costs to enable you to attend
  • Travel—if you are required to drive at least 30kms return

Please provide details at the workshops or by email to pd@skylight-trust.org.nz

If you need care arranged while you attend the workshop, or you have any questions, please contact Aileen Davidson at Skylight on 04 939 8576.

Skylight: Four August Workshops

Skylight offers a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief – whatever the cause, and whatever their age. They also equip, train and support those wanting to assist, such as friends or family members, community volunteers or professionals. Here are four workshops they are offering in the upcoming weeks. For more information about these or other upcoming workshops, go to http://skylight.org.nz/

Compassion fatigue and second had trauma 

Day / Date:   Tues,19th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve

Workshop brief: This workshop will explain; the nature and impact of Compassion Fatigue and Second Hand Trauma, suggest ways to manage the effects in the workplace, and discuss strategies for prevention. Participants will: Hear about the latest research / Gain knowledge and skills to better manage and prevent these challenges / Learn simple ways to positively influence and benefit their workplace culture. The workshop will benefit people whose role involves supporting others in distress, or difficulty of any kind.  It is also for those who support the wellbeing of frontline staff.

Eating disorders 

Day / Date:   Wed, 27th Aug          Time:  9.30 – 12.30pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Chris Bowden and Megan Horsham

Workshop brief: This informative and interactive workshop will explore: How to identify a young person at risk, and identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders / What it is like to have an eating disorder from a young person’s point of view (themes from research and real life) / How to talk with young people who have an eating disorder (for example, what to say, how best to say it and what not to say) / How to respond to disclosures, anger and denial in young people / How to talk to and support family and friends of teens with eating disorders

Understanding men’s grief, loss and health

Day / Date:   Thurs 28th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve and Chris Bowden

Workshop brief: Understanding men’s grief, loss and health – this workshop for professionals will explore the latest thinking about the ways gender shapes men’s health beliefs, coping, and health behaviours. Participants will be encouraged to join a conversation, share insights and knowledge about how best to support men experiencing grief, loss and change.

Supporting Children and Teens through Loss and Grief

Day / Date:   Fri, 29th Aug          Time:  9.30am – 12.30 pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: The Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland
Facilitator:                  John Hibbs

Workshop brief: This experiential and interactive workshop will look at the challenging and disorienting experience of grief, loss and bereavement for children and young people by: Exploring a variety of creative therapeutic approaches to working with grief / Practical ways to work with the issues of guilt, fear, anger and sadness / Coping strategies through the hard times / What works with the differing developmental stages / Supporting through reflection and active listening.


Wellington, Skylight: “Talking About…” Workshops for Supporters of Children and Young People

The “Talking About…” series of workshops provides professional development for those working in environments where they are supporting children and young people through challenging life events and crises.

Skylight, who runs the workshops, is a national grief support agency that has been running successful training for almost a decade. Skylight’s training facilitators bring a range of professional backgrounds, and provide practical strategies, ideas, suggestions and resources for practitioners.

The next workshop is on Wednesday the 18th of June: Talking About Stress and Anxiety with Madeleine Taylor.

There are also workshops in August, September, and October.

Flyer here.

Workshops are from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Skylight, 2A Green St, Newtown, Wellington. Please allow ample time to find parking.

$80 per workshop. Includes morning tea and handouts.
15% discount available for participants who register for 3 or more workshops at one time.
Registration confirmed on receipt of payment.

To register email pd@skylight-trust.org.nz, or call 0800 299 100 for further information.

New Bullying and Anger Management Info from Skylight

Topic cards for BULLYING and ANGER MANAGEMENT have just been added to our GETTING STRONGER support game, in response to many community requests for such tools.

This very successful support game, developed by Skylight in New Zealand, (a not for profit grief and trauma support organisation) has been hugely successful in encouraging 8-14 year olds to open up and talk with a trusted adult (such as a family worker, social worker, counsellor, teacher, community nurse etc) about sensitive life topics they are dealing with, including:

  • Bullying – being the bully or being bullied
  • Managing anger
  • Bereavement
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Living with Domestic violence
  • Living with Mental illness in the family
  • Living with Serious illness or injury in the family
  • Living with Addiction in the family

The game is available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/The+Getting+Stronger+Game

Other bullying support tools are available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

Other anger management support tools are available here http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/About+Feelings/Anger%20and%20Hard%20to%20Handle%20Behaviour


Updates From MECOSS and Members

Important MECOSS notices are listed below followed by messages shared on behalf of the network:

1. REMINDER REGISTER now: COGS & LOTTERY FUNDING Workshop Monday 18 June, 9.30 am – 11.30 am FREE FOR ALL ATTENDEES – please register to: admin@mecoss.org.nz Presenter: Ann Kendall, Community Development and Funding Advisor. The Department of Internal Affairs

COGS – Community Organisation Grants Scheme

  • What does COGS fund?
  • Who are your local distribution committee members?
  • How do they make decisions about funding applications?
  • Tips for COGS applicants

Lottery Community Committee Fund

  • What is this fund about?
  • Who can apply?
  • Assessment criteria
  • Committee funding priorities

Venue:  Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick (Free parking off The Glebe)

2. PRE-CONSULTATION NOW OPEN – HAVE YOUR SAY: Public Places By-Laws and Policy

At the recent MECOSS Health and Disability cluster meeting – Martine Abel, Programme Advisor Disability, Auckland Council advised of an important review of ‘Public Places and Trading in Public Places Bylaws and Policy’.  This review is being undertaken by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport. Pre-consultation with external stakeholders is scheduled to commence in July / August with the aim of identifying the key issues relating to activities in public places.

The aim of the consultation is to develop an ‘Issues and Options paper’ that will then be circulated for comment.  The paper will be used to confirm if a bylaw (and associated policy) is the most appropriate for addressing identified issues. If a bylaw is considered to be the best approach then formal public consultation on the draft bylaw (and policy) will commence in early 2013.

This is an important opportunity for health and social service providers and communities to raise issues of concern they may have about existing bylaws and policy in regards to public places – be they local or general concerns. Any concern related to public places that you find not to be user-friendly or safe in some way is important feedback for this review.

Please contact Rebekah Stuart-Wilson on 09 3010101 ext 7062   or at rebekah.stuart-wilson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, for further information or to arrange a presentation. Rebekah is keen to address existing groups/organisations or given numbers is happy to attend place-based specially focused forums on this topic if needed.

3. MECOSS was unable to receive emails on Monday June 11 – the problem has been rectified and we apologise if we missed your email – please resend.

Messages shared on behalf of the MECOSS network

Capacity Building for NFP/NGO

  • Cultural competency workshops hosted by AwaWhenua– Ti tiriti o Waitangi Friday 15 June & cultural competency Monday June 18 (see details below)
  • Community Training courses hosted by Community Waitakere, June 19 Team building plus  see schedule for June to Dec (details below)
  • Leadership Week 22-29 June – Celebrating and showcasing leadership – ‘Inspiring Communities’ has focused on this in their June Newsletter (see below for editorial and links)

The Renaissance Group is delighted to be hosting a free Seminar on Supported Living, to raise an awareness of community living options for people with lifestyle challenges. This is ideally suited to people who are searching for support options in the community for themselves or for friends and family members, which will encourage them to pursue ordinary roles in community life, in spite of their disability.

Presenters: Barry de Geest, Director, Renaissance Group will facilitate this event. Barry has been involved in the disability sector for 20 years in various capacities, but primarily as an advocate of rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Barry will also facilitate a discussion forum where a Service Advocate, Supported Living Facilitator, a client, their family and support people will discuss the process of Supported Living and what it involves for each one of them. www.renaissancegroup.co.nz

  • Date: 28/06/2012 Time: 10.30—12.30
  • Venue: Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, 6 Alfriston Road, Manurewa
  • RSVP: Diane Morris, 09 250 4346, diane.m@ren2001.co.nz

New Skylight Resources

Skylight is delighted to let you and your team know about the new web page hub Skylight has just established for sibling support – as well as several brand new FREE downloads produced by Skylight for personal and community use.

Skylight recognises that the brothers and sisters of children or teens who have a serious illness, a chronic health condition or a disability have their own unique needs too. Research from around the world confirms that supporting siblings well is very, very important. We have looked forward to being able to provide such a site for a long time, so we’re thrilled it is now available and hope it will go from strength to strength.

On this new web page hub Skylight has brought together all kinds of information that may be helpful for siblings – and for those who care for them and want to support them. This is a unique hub and includes input from around the world, as well as brand new downloads developed by Skylight – great stories and an interactive booklet, as well as an information sheet for parents and carers.

New Hub Page: www.skylight.org.nz/Siblings+Support+Page

New Downloads by Skylight:

I have a Special Brother or Sister…and I’m Going to Tell You About Me Skylight (NZ) – an interactive booklet for children to work through with a caring adult. (4 – 14 yrs.)

Supporting Your Other Child Skylight (NZ) – a look at ways parents and carers can support brothers and sisters well

Skylight Stories: Go back to the Jungle Tiger! for younger children (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)

It’s Mostly Good Having Lucy for a Sister for children 6-12 (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)
Jamie – a story about a sister leaving home for young people 12-18 (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)

See also the best links from around New Zealand and around the world, as well as links to other resources for supporting siblings.

We expect to update this web page hub with new links, downloads, resources and information, so check it out from time to time. We also will welcome suggested links and ideas for this page also. Please email them to publishing@skylight-trust.org.nz

We sincerely hope this site helps to raise both the support for siblings of brothers or sisters with additional needs and their resilience.

Thank you. Please forward to your relevant networks, as appropriate. (Apologies for any cross postings.)

Tricia Irving Hendry

  • Skylight, Deputy Chief Executive, PO Box7309, Wellington 6242,NEW ZEALAND
  • 04 909 7396 (DD)
  • 021 987 995 (Cell)
  • 0800 299 100
  • www.skylight.org.nz 

PS. Available is Skylights  latest support resource catalogue

Up and Coming Cultural Competency Workshops

The Treaty of Waitangi                                                         

A sweeping introduction to The Treaty of Waitangi, this programme is an absolute for public and community sector workers who have no previous understanding on the Treaty.  The programme analyses the story of the Treaty within New Zealand, answering fundamental questions such as, what is the Treaty of Waitangi? What is its significance to New Zealanders historically and today? What are the issues that have arisen under the Treaty and how should it be implemented practically in the workplace?

The next public workshop is running in Auckland: Fri 15 June 9am – 4pm

To enrol online or view more workshop dates and locations visit www.awawhenua.co.nz

Cultural Competency

Interactive workshops designed to assist your organisation to build cultural competency in staff.  The programme will give an overview of useful Maori language, practical advice on integrating bi-lingual strategies into your work, insight into some fundamental Maori cultural beliefs, as well as practical advice on how to engage with Maori.

The next public workshop is running in Auckland Mon 18 June 9am – 4pm

To enrol online or view more workshop dates and locations visit www.awawhenua.co.nz

Contact Tania on tania@awawhenua.co.nz for more information.


  • Date: 19th June 2012
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Place: Waitakere Community Resource Centre, 8 Ratanui St, Henderson (see below)
  • Cost: $40.00

Are you a boss, a leader, a manager or a combination of these?

A high performing team is not just a group of people who have learned to cooperate with each other. True teams have a shared sense of commitment, a high level of trust and effective leadership. This session will help identify the risks and rewards of a team process and begin to define (or redefine) roles.

  • This workshop will focus on the skills needed to effectively motivate and lead a team to get the outcomes you want
  • Identify different leadership/management styles and characteristics
  • Identify your own style
  • Learn how to get your team working well together by being more aware of different temperaments and styles.

Facilitator: Pene Loza, Koru Corporation Ltd

Numbers are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment.

To book contact Mandy Spencer on info@communitywaitakere.org.nz or 09 838 7903

Community Waitakere  Community Training Courses 2012

Date Training Programme (all on Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm)

  • 19th June- Team Building—motivating & leading your team to get the outcomes you want
  • 10th July – Leading change in your NFP organisation
  • 24th July – Media
  • 7th August – Time Management
  • 21st August – Assertiveness
  • 4th September – HR for Boards—how to ensure you get and keep a great board
  • 18th September – Facilitation Skills for Community Workers
  • 9th October – Succession Planning
  • 23rd October – Self Care & Personal Resilience
  • 6th November – Communication—handling difficult situations
  • 20th November – Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Action
  • 4th December –Evaluation

Ways to register: Please advise which workshop you wish to attend and contact us via: Email: info@communitywaitakere.org.nzPhone: (09) 838 7903 Fax: (09) 838 7206, Mail: Community Waitakere, PO Box 21-068, Henderson 0650, Auckland

Payment options: All courses are $40.00 (including GST). Please make payment via:

  • Cheque: Payable to Community Waitakere Charitable Trust
  • Direct Credit: ASB – 12 3039 0827981 00 – with your name as reference.

Inspiring Communities Newsletter No. 31 June 2012


New Zealand Leadership Week  is due for celebration during 22-29 June. Local communities across the country are preparing to celebrate and acknowledge the qualities and achievements of many people who contribute so positively here in Aotearoa. The theme of leadership is to the fore in our minds. This newsletter is a gathering of stories, resources and news about leadership.

When we wrote What we are learning about Community Led Development leadership was a focus, as one of four key themes which we believe are vital to developing communities. We need to intentionally grow “leaderful” communities, which are confident and capable of determining and creating sustainable local futures. We continue to explore the idea of leadership, and this edition includes stories about both personal and collective leadership development journeys.

As an organisation, Inspiring Communities itself plays a number of leadership roles. Our purpose is to grow knowledge, understanding and practice of community-led development in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to notice the difference it makes. We “walk the talk” ourselves; taking a leadership role to profile and promote community-led development, and to model and share community-led development ways of thinking and working.

For example

  • We are working with the Charities Commission to help gather a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between business and organisations with charitable purposes. This will lead the way to further improving connectedness between these sectors, at local, regional and national levels.
  • We’ve interviewed 20 thought leaders, and we are preparing a think-piece about the current context for community-led development in Aotearoa New Zealand. This will provide background and “pointers” for our next book. Look forward to a link to the think-piece in our next newsletter!
  • We continue to work together with Victory Village and Families Commission to develop a set of multimedia resources based on material and interviews gathered at the 2011 Victory Village Forum in Nelson.  These will describe and illustrate family centred, community-led approaches and will provide more in-depth support for practitioners looking to get started or to sustain their work. The resources will also assist policymakers, funders and community leaders to understand why this way of working is so important, and implications for their roles.
  • And like many other passionate organisations and individuals in New Zealand, we too submitted on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children – click here for the link to our submission.

Community-led development depends on a style of leadership which is collaborative and inclusive. This needs active cultivation at all levels, locally, regionally and nationally.

Leadership Week 2012 will be a great opportunity for local communities to profile and celebrate many kinds of local leadership. We look forward to the activities later this month. We hope that this newsletter inspires thought and celebration of the many forms of leadership abounding in our local communities.

Ian, Barbara, Megan, Denise and Patrick
From the Inspiring Communities Team


Manukau East Council of Social Services Inc. (MECOSS)

PO Box 39-266, Howick 2145, Auckland

Office Phone: (09) 5333 685 I Fax: (09) 5333 684

Website:  www.mecoss.org.nz

Family Resilience and Suicide Risk Seminar 15 May 2012

Skylight is partnering with researchers around the country to bring you the latest findings in the areas of grief, loss and change.  You will learn how to turn research and knowledge into everyday practice.

Family resilience, coping and suicide risk: research and practice

  • Date: 15 May 2012
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: The Mercy Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland
  • Cost: $70 (includes afternoon tea and handouts)

This seminar is for anyone who works with children and families! 

In 2010, The Psychology Centre undertook a study entitled Understanding families and suicide risk as part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012.  John Fitzgerald will share the findings of the study which drew information from families that had experienced a suicide attempt, a completed suicide or that included a young person with a mental health concern.

The study identified communication, caring and an attitude of acceptance and forgiveness as key family strengths. The results suggest that social and health providers can strengthen family resilience against suicide risk.

Facilitator John Fitzgerald, PhD. John obtained his qualification in clinical psychology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 1988 and is director of The Psychology Centre in Hamilton. Most of his clinical and research focus is in the areas of child, youth and family psychological health, the application of psychology in primary health care settings, and monitoring change and measuring outcomes of clinical interventions. John and the team at The Psychology Centre have recently completed a research project exploring the role of family dynamics in the recognition, assessment, and management of suicidal young people. Previous research has explored family debriefing after suicide, adolescent help-seeking, and the responsiveness of Emergency Departments to adolescent mental health issues. John is an experienced supervisor and trainer, regularly contributing to the Waikato Clinical Psychology training programme, conferences, and workshops on a range of clinical, professional and ethical issues.

Registration form is available online at www.skylight.org.nz or by emailing pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or calling 0800 299 100

Anger Toolbox for Children Launched

Skylight’s ANGER TOOLBOX handbook (2nd edition) was launched on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Children, Dr Russell Wills, at the Commission in Wellington.

This is very this practical handbook that’s recently been extensively updated, extended and redesigned. It provides practical information and tools to help children and teens through angry times and is written for their parents, carers, grand parents raising grandchildren, family members and whanau, foster parents, schools and all those working with children and young people. It is packed full of helpful information, a wide range of anger management ideas to try, New Zealand support contact information, comments by NZ parents and specialists, wonderful photos and easy to follow diagrams.

For ordering information phone 0800 299 100 or see www.skylight.org.nz

NEW Online NZ Resources for Bullying

Two innovative new bully-focused resources now available for school, community and professional use from Skylight.

With bullying causing deep and ongoing concerns in our New Zealand and Australian communities and schools, Skylight want to let you and your colleagues know that they have  just launched 2 new support resources to assist bullying prevention in both countries.

The new booklet WHO ME? (for 10-17 yr olds) focuses on the bully, giving them better understanding about what bullying is, insights into its effects on themselves as a bully and those bullied, and key steps to help them to stop their bullying behaviour.

When the Bully is Your Child is an 8 page booklet for parents and carers who aren’t sure how best to respond to their own child’s bullying.

These resources are best-evidence and best-practise based, as culturally inclusive as possible and easy to read. Both will be useful for those whose who teach or work with young people and all who work towards bullying prevention in schools, communities and families in any way.

Skylight bullying support resources can be found here. http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

As a national, not for profit charity, Skylight produce high quality NZ resource tools to support children, teens, adults and their families through life’s tough times welcome partnerships with others to ensure our community is well resourced with the information tools they need the most.(www.skylight.org.nz )


Tricia Irving Hendry | Skylight | Deputy Chief Executive
PO Box 7309
Wellington 6242

04 909 7396 (DD)
021 987 995 (Cell)

0800 299 100