Help, sup­port for fam­ily with new­born

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SUP­PLIED

Taranaki fam­i­lies strug­gling to cope with dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and a new born baby now have some­where to turn for help.

Nur­ture Taranaki is an early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme that has al­ready seen great re­sults in Can­ter­bury for more than 20 years op­er­at­ing as Early Start.

TSB Com­mu­nity Trust has part­nered with Te Puna Trust to pro­vide the pro­gramme. Te Puna Trust is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion man­aged by the Taranaki Po­lice Youth Devel­op­ment of­fice.

The pro­gramme is of­fered to first time preg­nant women who would ben­e­fit from long-term sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and one-one par­ent­ing ed­u­ca­tion. The sci­en­tificbased cur­ricu­lum of the PIPE par­ent­ing pro­gramme that runs in­side the service, is prov­ing very in­ter­est­ing, fun and worth­while for the par­ents who have been in­volved over the past year.

It is now widely ac­cepted that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most in­flu­en­tial in the long-term well-be­ing of that child and the later adult.

Nur­ture Taranaki ad­dresses not only par­ent­ing but many as­pects of

Help is avai­il­able for first-time mums.

the en­vi­ron­ment that can con­trib­ute to well-be­ing, in­clud­ing home bud­get­ing, nu­tri­tion, re­la­tion­ships and other fac­tors that a par­ent may be cu­ri­ous about.

Places on the pro­gramme are avail­able in the Waitara and Bell Block ar­eas, so re­fer­rals are now be­ing ac­cepted by Te Puna Trust Nur­ture Taranaki, from fam­i­lies, schools and any sup­port ser­vices.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact;

Jo Pat­ter­son – jo.pat­ter­son@tepuna­trust.org.nz P: 027 896 1666, or

Tracy Col­lier – tracy.col­lier@tepuna­trust.org.nz P: 027 896 1667.

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