Great par­ents grow great kids

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

Mana Par­ents Cen­tre is on the look­out for a few good men and women.

The cen­tre is run by vol­un­teers, and will soon have gaps as par­ents move on to other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Cen­tre man­ager Joan Hay says this is a great op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with a hugely ben­e­fi­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion and to take on fun and re­ward­ing roles.

‘‘At par­ents’ cen­tres we be­lieve that great par­ents grow great chil­dren, and a part of this is ob­vi­ously fo­cus­ing on the great par­ents that are out there and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that Par­ents Cen­tre can pro­vide for them.

Mana has been a very strong cen­tre, sup­port­ing par­ents in Porirua for over 50 years and run an enor­mous num­ber of ser­vices for lo­cal par­ents.’’

Run­ning the cen­tre re­quires a wide range of tal­ents, and there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teers to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and skills in event man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing, spon­sor­ship, news­let­ter edit­ing, writ­ing, ac­count­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion, pro­ject man­age­ment, and more, she says.

Liz Hib­berd, who runs child­birth ed­u­ca­tion classes for the Cen­tre, says the work and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Cen­tre’s vol­un­teers is im­pres­sive.

‘‘The roles are so widely vary­ing and we have had some re­ally in­no­va­tive peo­ple who have used the Cen­tre as a step­ping stone from par­ent­hood back into the paid work­force.

‘‘This has seen our cen­tre go from strength to strength and of­fer an in­creas­ing va­ri­ety of classes, in­clud­ing pos­i­tive dis­ci­pline and tantrums, baby sign and fit­ness classes for new mums. The driv­ers have been our com­mit­tee mem­bers who want to pro­vide the best ad­vice and sup­port they can to par­ents in the com­mu­nity.’’

Ms Hay says many peo­ple will be fa­mil­iar with the work the Cen­tre does in the com­mu­nity, but may not re­alise how much of that is be­cause of vol­un­teers.

‘‘Our com­mit­tee mem­bers re­ally man­age the most in­cred­i­ble roles at the same time as be­ing par­ents.’’

‘‘And the com­mit­tee has a lot of fun while they are at it,’’ she says.

Mana Par­ents Cen­tre is hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing to plan the Cen­tre’s on­go­ing man­age­ment and to wel­come new peo­ple to their team– July 19, 7.30 pm, at 13 Ma­rina View, Bridge­point Com­plex, Mana. Con­tact Joan Hay j.hay@par­ents­cen­ or 233 2022 x 803.

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