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Salvation Army courses aim to create happy homes

Community ministries manager Davina Plummer. File image/SunLive.

Two Tauranga Salvation Army courses aimed at building resilience and improving their relationships are open for enrolments.

The Positive Lifestyle Programme and Building Awesome Whānau begin next month at The Salvation Army on the corner of Cameron Road and 5th Avenue.

The Positive Lifestyle Programme participants a practical 8-week course in developing skills promoting self-awareness.

“A lot of people are overwhelmed by anger, grief and loss, and just don’t know how to escape these feelings,” says Tauranga Salvation Army’s community ministries manager Davina Plummer.

“The PLP is a great opportunity to take stock of where they are at and why they do what they do. Often we carry on in life repeating whatever we were raised with or have learnt, and don't have an opportunity to consider the impact of the experiences we have had or to dream and plan our own future goals.

“This, in turn, leads to happier whānau and optimism for the future.”

Separate women’s and men’s courses are run by a trained facilitator. Topics include stress management, building self-esteem, assertiveness, grief, anger and conflict resolution, and goal setting.

The next women’s course begins on February 16, the first men’s course will begin in the second term.

A course designed to help whānau raising tamariki aged 0-12 years will begin on February 11.

Tiaki Tamariki Māia – Building Awesome Whānau includes practical ideas and positive stories from parents still on the journey with their own tamariki.

The course facilitator supports participants in their journey with their whānau. Session topics include building your family on aroha, protecting your whānau, creating boundaries, creating and maintaining a positive atmosphere in the home and communication.

The course is for parents and caregivers and runs over six sessions.

For more information email: tauranga.cm@salvationarmy.org.nz or phone (07) 578 4264 and choose option 3.

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