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Equipping men to face the challenges of parenting is the vision of Good Fathers, a programme run in the Wellington region as part of Presbyterian Support Central’s Family Works social services.
Developed by Family Works senior counsellor, Rick Wildman, the programme aims to provide a space for fathers to explore their feelings and attitudes to their children, partners and families with the support of a peer group. It encourages men to become better role models by helping participants change anti-social behaviours that can lead to abuse or violence.
Paul Butler, who attended the Good Fathers programme in 2010, described the course as “not simply about improving relationships with our children, but also with our partners and our wider whanau and friends.”
Good Fathers, which has recorded 85% completion rates at its sites in Upper Hutt and Featherston, extended its reach to Wainuiomata in 2012.
“Offering the course in a third town enables Family Works to reach more men who may benefit from the programme,” said Amanda Shrapnell, Fundraiser at Presbyterian Support Central in Wellington.
A donation from The Tindall Foundation through its Faith Funding Manager, Presbyterian Support, enabled Good Fathers to be run in all three locations.
For more information contact:
Amanda Shrapnell, Fundraiser, Presbyterian Support Central
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