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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)

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.


Just a Few Weeks Left to Enrol in Engage Group!


Engage Group’s start date has been moved to the 5th of June to allow the last few spaces to be filled before getting underway. Click here for more information.

FREE Engage Group Anxiety Programme Starts in Auckland 1 May 2013


Click here to find out more about Engage Group and save a copy of the information sheet.


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)