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

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news