Pro­gramme to seek vol­un­teers

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

A Pukekohe grief and loss pro­gramme is seek­ing more vol­un­teers to help change the lives of many who are suf­fer­ing.

The Sea­sons for Growth pro­gramme has been op­er­at­ing for 14 years

The pro­gramme en­cour­ages the at­tendee to re­flect on the changes that have taken place in their lives and how this has af­fected them.

Many of th­ese changes will have brought some sense of loss. When this loss is sig­nif­i­cant it brings with it some level of grief that can have a life-long ef­fect if it is not dealt with ap­pro­pri­ately.

In the Sea­sons for Growth pro­gramme, com­pan­ions at­tend two days of training to help them fa­cil­i­tate small group dis­cus­sions of up to six peo­ple as they jour­ney through their ex­pe­ri­ences of grief and loss.

Pukekohe Com­mu­nity Ac­tion di­rec­tor Jan Wal­lace said: ‘‘All feel­ings are good but they need to be ac­knowl­edged and ad­dressed ap­pro­pri­ately so the per­son can live a full life, oth­er­wise th­ese can come out and be ex­pressed in a neg­a­tive way lead­ing to in­ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pres­sions of frus­tra­tion and anger or, equally dam­ag­ing, with­drawal and de­pres­sion.’’

The pro­gramme has im­pacted the lives of ap­prox­i­mately 1500 at­ten­dees and runs over a sixweek pe­riod for adults, or an eight-week pro­gramme for chil­dren.

Over the past year more than 120 peo­ple have at­tended the pro­gramme.

Com­pan­ions al­ways work in pairs and new com­pan­ions will be taught by ex­pe­ri­enced com­pan­ions. The group wants to re­cruit more vol­un­teers to work with both chil­dren and adults.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Jan Wal­lace at pukeko­hecom­mu­nity­ac­

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