News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Conference Aims to Build Resilient Connected Teen Whanau

22 July 2014

Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust Conference Aims to Build Strong Resilient Connected Teen Whanau

Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust’s Manager, Cinnamon Whitlock has expressed her support and acknowledged the bravery of Georgia Hagerman in sharing her story in the media. “We wish Georgia all the best on her new journey of motherhood,” she says. “We are very grateful to Georgia for sharing her story and highlighting the challenges teen parents face.”

Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust (Thrive) is a non-profit organisation which supports young people to thrive and be confident as parents. While teen pregnancy numbers in NZ are declining there is still a lot of teen parents who need support and assistance. In the year to end of September 2008, 5,209 teenage women gave birth; while during the September 2013 year, this number had fallen to 3,414. Thirty per cent of pregnant teen mums are based in Auckland with others being located in high deprivation areas across the country.

In response to the need for support that young parents require Thrive is hosting its inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference on 24-25 September in Auckland. It will provide a major gathering point for a wide range of people involved in working in the area of teen pregnancy and parenting.

“The kaupapa of the conference takes a cross sector approach, recognising the importance of the health, education and social services sector in whanau transformation. By collaborating with teen whanau and across sectors we aim to build strong resilient connected teen whanau.”

Thrive offers a range of services for young mums and dads including antenatal classes, support groups for mums and dads, parenting programmes and social work assistance, in particular in bringing together a range of agencies to help teen parents with the challenges they face in dealing with access to housing, benefits and other social services.

“Georgia is very lucky to have such great family support. Unfortunately for many young mums and dads having a young baby is an extremely difficult time. Particularly when family struggle to come to terms with the baby, or turn their backs on the teen parents. Alongside this we have a young mums struggling with body image, social stigma and isolation.” says Ms Whitlock.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news