Salvation Army courses offer hope for whanau

Tauranga Salvation Army community ministries manager Davina Plummer.

The Tauranga Salvation Army is running two courses aimed at building resilience and improving people’s relationships.

The Positive Lifestyle Programme and Building Awesome Whanau will be held at The Salvation Army on the corner of Cameron Road and 5th Avenue.

The Positive Lifestyle Programme offers participants a practical eight-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 community ministries manager Davina Plummer.

The course is a great opportunity for people to take stock of where they are at and why they do what they do, she says.

“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 whanau 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 whanau raising tamariki aged zero to 12 years will begin on February 11.

Tiaki Tamariki Maia – Building Awesome Whanau 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 whanau. Session topics include building your family on aroha, protecting your whanau, creating boundaries to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, creating and maintaining a positive atmosphere in the home, communication and living in the big, wide world.

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

For more information email: or phone: 07 578 4264.

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Posted on 13-02-2021 18:44 | By overit

A lot of this stuff should be taught in school.