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Support Group for Women to Talk about Same Sex Attraction; Auckland


Would you like a supportive women’s space to talk about same sex attraction?

This group is participant directed, a space to explore topics like:

  • What does same sex attraction mean to you?
  • Identity labels…e.g.  Bi, Queer, Lesbian, Dyke
  • Stereotypes and gender stereotypes
  • Being in an opposite sex relationship and having same sex attraction
  • Finding community and dating
  • Being out in society
  • If you want to come out, how to tell family, friends, work colleagues
  • Relationships with women
  • You, your children and a new relationship

This six-week group is facilitated by Cissy Rock and Ellie Lim.  Cissy is a prominent contributor to the Auckland Lesbian scene creating events and support groups.  She enjoys getting alongside people and sharing her experience as a mother, feminist, lesbian, friend and partner.  Ellie works for the Auckland Women’s Centre and has had extensive involvement with rainbow organisations.  She is passionate about enabling women to live the lives they dream of living.

Comments from previous participants:  (I enjoyed) “Being able to connect with people and talk to people who were experiencing similar things to me.  Having experienced people to help us and cheer us on.”  “Really enjoyed (it) and appreciated the professional delivery. Thanks! :-)”

Date: Tuesdays 7 July – 11 August, 2015
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Cost: FREE
Contact: Ellie on 376 3227 ext 1 or email her on womensservices@womenz.org.nz
Come along, ask questions, share, this is a safe, non-judgemental environment. (6 weeks)

The Grief Centre – Upcoming Support Groups

The following groups are planned for March 2014.  Further groups will be held throughout the year and people are encouraged to register their interest in attending a group.  Younger Bereaved Partners.  For those who are 45 and under, and have lost a partner.  This group is planned to start mid March, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Ponsonby.  Group runs for 8 weeks.   

General Bereavement Support Group.  For those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years.  This group is planned to start later in March, Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Henderson. Group runs for 8 weeks.

Seasons For Growth.  For those experiencing a range of loss and change issues, generally other than bereavement.  This will be held at the Grief Centre in Birkenhead and is planned to start early March, Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.  Group runs for 4 weeks. All our groups are facilitated by experienced and qualified counsellors.  A small contribution is requested for group attendance.  As always these groups are subject to sufficient numbers registering before they can proceed.  Please contact us at the Grief Centre for further information or registration.

Phone: 418 1457 or email office@griefcentre.org.nz

Counselling and other services are also available through the Grief Centre.  Please visit our website www.griefcentre.org.nz

Support for Parents of Suicidal Teens Facebook Page Started

A new Facebook page was launched on the 7th of November 2013 to provide a non judgmental support group for parents supporting teens who struggle with suicidal thoughts. A place where parents can share ideas, vent or just get support. This page is about supporting those that are supporting suicidal teens…it is a very long, scary, frightening and lonely road and this group aims to ease that as much as possible.

Created by parents supporting NZ teens, for parents supporting NZ teens, Karen Prosser, one of the organisers says, “I have found that there are often people online during the night…and often that is the time I have felt so alone as well. When you are unable to sleep, the night is a very long time and that is where web based support can also fill a gap.

Visit Support for Parents of Suicidal Teens NZ on Facebook to get involved.

Since it launched on the 7th of November, Support for Parents of Suicidal Teens NZ has over 390 ‘likes’ and a host of useful resources and discussions.

There is also a closed group called Hope For Our Teens, which offers the opportunity for more private discussion that is only visible to other members of the group.


North Shore Whanau Support Group 14 May 2013


  • To be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Venue: Senior Citizens Hall, 5 The Strand, Takapuna (between Takapuna Library and the C.A.B)
  • Time: 6.45pm-9.00pm

The next support group is on 14 May 2013

  • 6.45pm mix and mingle/hot drink
  • 7pm: Guest speaker – Denise Gledhill from Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service
  • Denise’s presentation will cover:
    • The   Consumer Code of Rights from a Consumer &Family perspective
    • Advance Directives
    • PPPR Act especially regarding EPOA:  “how do I go about it & what will it cost me?”
    • Living Wills – Who will look after my child when I’m gone?
    • Health Passports
  • 8pm:  Reflection/questions/answers
  • 8.15pm supper
  • 8.30pm General discussion
  • 9pm End.

For further info please contact Annais or Merle at 09 4142423

Guest speaker coming up in June: Psychiatrist

Topics:  Pharmaceutical medication: use, side effects, reducing meds safely, meds use in relation to cannabis and alcohol use.

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FREE Engage Group Anxiety Programme Starts in Auckland 1 May 2013


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New Monthly Supporting Families Group on North Shore


To be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month

Venue: Senior Citizens Hall, 5 The Strand, Takapuna

Time: 6.45pm-9.00pm

The last support group was on 9 April 2013 and the next is on 14 May 2013.

 Usual Agenda

  • 6.45pm mix and mingle/hot drink
  • 7pm Introduction/setting ground-rules  
  • 7.30pm Presentation
  • 8pm Reflection/questions/answers
  • 8.15pm supper
  • 8.30pm General discussion
  • 9pm End.

For further info please contact Annais or Merle at 09 4142423
Email Annais Allen annais@sfauckland.org.nz 

Women’s Support Group Meets Monthly in Auckland 20 April 2013

Jaagriti’s (Awakening) Women’s Support Group monthly meeting

  • When: 20th April 2013
  • Time : 4pm – 6pm
  • Where: Bhartiya Samaj Hall, 13 May Road, Mount Roskill
  • Guest Speaker: Anjana Sengupta

Be The Change: In today’s world we keep judging others but as Mahatma Gandhi said, we should be the change we want to see. Keeping that in mind, Jaagriti (awakening) Women’s Support Group’s next meeting will focus around how to change ourselves in order to improve our lives and to be an example for others.  Ms. Anjana Sengupta, a very famous Clinical Psychologist will be speaking about Mental Well being and how can we change our lives for a better future.  A surprise singer will be gracing the meeting this time to show us all how to be the change  and how happy we become when we follow our own dreams. Refreshments Provided.

3 Things you need to do right now:

– RSVP to roopaauraap@gmail.com

– Like the Facebook page and Follow the group on Twitter

– Resend this invite to your friends and bring them along

Support Group for Bereaved Parents starts 2 Oct 2012

Have you experienced a bereavement in relation to the death of a child? Would you be interested in attending a support group with others who may have been through similar experiences?

  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm, starting 2nd October 2012
  • Pt Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Pt ChevalierCost: A contribution of $10 per session, where possible, would be appreciated to assist with the group costs.

The Grief Centre is running an eight week group for parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age. The death may have been health related, accidental, or by any other means. The group is being facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors. Each week we will look at different aspects of the grief and loss experience, giving you the opportunity to talk about your loss, and reflect on the changes this has brought to your life. With this may come new understanding of what has happened to you and ways to adjust to this huge loss.

If you are interested in attending the group, or would like more information, please contact The Grief Centre on 4181457, or email info@griefcentre.org.nz. Numbers limited.

Script: A Newsletter for Young Dads

The latest Issue of the Script is out – a newsletter from the Young Dads Group (Supported by The Glen Innes Family Centre – Te Waipuna Puawai – Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust)