Frequently asked questions
What Parenting Courses can I do?
We have Toolbox Parenting courses every term. Baby & Toddler Years covers ages 0 to 5, Building Awesome Whanau 0-12, and Teenage Years 12+. These are run every term for 6 weeks. Baby & Toddler on Monday night from 7 pm to 9.15 pm, Building Awesome Whanau is on Friday morning 9.30 am to 11.30 am and Tuesday night 7 pm to 9.15 pm. Tweens and Teens is on Wednesday night 7 pm to 9.15 pm. To register please provide your name, address and contact number on this form. The course cost is a sliding scale from gold coin donation up to full price of $75 or $110 for a couple. Free to foster parents and caregivers.
Can I do a Parenting Through Separation course with you?
Yes, we run regular Parenting Through Separation courses at least 1 x per week each in New Lynn and Mt Eden and regularly in Helensville. These are run alternating weeks 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays or weeknights 6 pm to 10 pm. To register, we need a full legal name, contact number, address, email and date of birth. We also need to sight a photo/legal ID.
What does Lifewise Family Services do?
We offer social work support to families living in West Auckland for the following: Parenting, Advocacy, Budgeting, Family Violence, Community Respite. We run Toolbox Parenting and Parenting Through Separation courses for anyone in Auckland.
We also provide foster care for children who are unable to stay with their families and who are in the care of Oranga Tamariki.
I need a food parcel, how do I get one?
We provide support to access food parcels from our service to families living in West Auckland with children and who are engaged with our services as a client. If you don’t fall into this category you can go to Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and they will make a referral on your behalf straight to the food bank.
Do you have housing available?
No. But if you are homeless, we can refer you to someone who could help.
If you are a family living in West Auckland and there are children at risk then we can take a referral for social work support. If you don’t fit into that category then we provide you with contact details for other services.