Children's Support Groups

 

Skylight support groups have been specifically tailored for young people and children. Skylight’s support groups help children and young people to better understand and express their experience of grief in a supportive, practical and interactive environment.    

               
Our support groups are limited to small numbers to maximise individualised attention. We also provide support for parents and carers alongside the children’s programme.

 

Group Schedule TBA

Currently there are no children's support groups scheduled while we apply for grant funding.

 

Family Change Group (held during school holidays)

This group supports children aged 6 - 12 years old, who are affected by a family break-up. The main aims of the group are to help normalize the experience of family break-up for children, and to help them externalize and process feelings related to their experience in a safe way. The group includes an initial pre group interview, followed by three, three hour consecutive sessions. 

Huge thanks to the Margaret and Winton Bear Chartiable Trust for part funding this group. 

Dates: To be advised

A pre-group interview is held with a parent or caregiver before the group starts. This aims to assess the suitability of the programme for the child/children. Please note that six children are needed for this group to go ahead.

 

Bereavement Group 


This group supports children aged 6 - 12 years old, who are bereaved. The main aims of the group are to help normalize the experience of losing a loved one for children, and to help them to externalise and process feelings related to their experience. The group includes an initial parent pre-group interview, followed by three consecutive child group sessions between 9:30am-12:30pm.

We are grateful for the Joe Aspell Trust (via the Wellington City Council) for part funding this group, allowing it to be free of charge for attendees.

Sharing the Journey

This group supports children aged 6 - 12 years old, who have a parent with mental health issues and/or addiction. The main aims of the group are to help normalise the experience of living day to day with a parent with a mental health issue and/or addiction, and to help the children to externalise and process their feelings related to their experience in a safe way. The group includes an initial parent evening session, followed by three consecutive child group sessions between 9:30am-12:30pm. 

We are grateful for the Joe Aspell Trust (via the Wellington City Council) for part funding this group, allowing it to be free of charge for attendees. 

Thumbs Up (held during school holidays)

This group is for 6-12 year olds with Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The main aims of the group are to normalize ‘having a learning difficulty’ for the children and to help boost their self-esteem, as well as teaching the child strategies to cope with strong emotions. The group includes an initial parent evening session, followed by the two consecutive child group sessions between 9:30am-12:30pm.

Along The Track (during school term)

This an individual or sibling group that is composed of 9 sessions: a parent/caregiver session, 7 sessions with the child/siblings then a family/whanau session. The course is for children aged 6 - 12 years old, and their brothers and sisters or cousins, who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence. The main aims of the group are to help normalise the traumatic experience of witnessing/experiencing domestic violence for the children through helping them to understand that “violence is not ok” and supporting them to externalise and process their feelings in a safe way.

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