Helpful Links


Tuning in to Kids

Learn helpful ways to teach your children about emotions.  Doing so can boost closeness, communication, and help with behavioral issues.  This programme runs once yearly, beginning in August.  Click on the link below to view more information.

Facing your Fears

This dynamic six week course is designed for children aged 8-10, and a course for parents is run alongside it.  Together these courses help families learn easy strategies for managing worries and enjoying life.

Provider: Catholic Social Services

Parenting Spirited Young People

Taking an alternative approach, this course helps us to explore who we are as parents.  It will help you to tap into your strengths, learning style and personality, to benefit you and your child/ren, regardless of their age.

Provider: Catholic Social Services

Te Puawaitanga: Incredible Years

Provided by kaupapa Māori organisation, this course will give you simple suggestions for parenting your 3 to 8 year old.  The focus is on building a positive relationship, handling everyday situations and knowing what to do when things are tough.

Provider: Te Puawaitanga

Parenting Through Separation

This free 4 hour course will help you understand the needs of your child during and after a separation.  In Canterbury these courses are provided in small groups, over 1 or 2 days, with helpful material to take home.

Provider: Barnardos Ph 03 365 3923

and Family Works Ph 03 366 5472

Christchurch ADHD Parent Support Group

This group has been developed by parents who's children have ADHD or may have ADHD.  Parents connect and share experiences and special guests regularly attend and present.  Parents of any age child are welcome.  The group is informal (no sign up or need to attend every month) and is supported by the staff at Whakatata House.  The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at alternative venues - either Whakatata House or McDonalds on Moorhouse Ave.  This group is free of charge.

Provider: Child and Family Specialty Services  Ph 03 364 0050


If you have a child or children in care, this two-stage course is a chance to learn helpful new skills and techniques.  It involves a mixture of group and home-based sessions, and is free of charge if you have a referral.

Provider: Methodist Mission Ph 03 3751470 email

Dyspraxia Support Group of New Zealand - Recognising Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

Dyslexia New Zealand - Dyslexia Solutions and Assessment