Stormbirds programme for children
Stormbirds is a 4 week small group programme offered for 5-16 year olds and facilitated by trained and police vetted volunteer facilitators. It is usually offered in communities, following widespread natural disasters, like earthquakes, floods and bushfires.
It is also suitable for children following a pandemic. The aim is to validate the participants’ experiences of the pandemic, and give them space to talk, particularly about losses and major family changes that have arisen consequently or subsequently, and to explore the feelings they have, associated with these things. The programme also helps them to review their supports.
Next term, or even late this term, we will continue to run our grief and loss support and education programme. Seasons for Growth, which is a 9 week programme, run in the same small peer group format. There is also further information on this programme on the Good Grief website. We offer this at many schools throughout Taranaki, so parents can find out from school principals, whether they are planning to run a group soon.
Please also contact the Seasons For Growth Coordinators with any queries or to refer a child:
- Sharon Albrechtsen – South Taranaki – 027 534 6067
- Tania Hanlon – Central Taranaki & Waitara – 027 8010 633
- Judy Wood – New Plymouth, Bell Block and Okato – 027 7033 769