We offer a comprehensive one on one - wrap around service for teen parents to be and new parents who are facing challenges that range from connecting to a LMC (lead maternity carer) finding housing, sorting out financial support, furthering your education, accessing parenting courses, ordering baby equipment and baby clothing to connecting teen parents to local community services.
Our skilled workers, kaimahi are there to build a strong relationship with you so that teen parents and their babies can access and receive information, support and assistance.
Thrive offers support services to teen mums and teen dads who are either expecting their first child or are already new parents. Thrive aims to provide a full service where expectant teen parents-to-be can be given information on teen-centred pregnancy and parenting programmes and offer intensive social support (if eligible) with experienced social workers and case workers.
Thrive regularly run groups for young mums and young dads, aimed at fostering and strengthening social connectedness, cohesion and to reduce social isolation.
Thrive enables young parents to identify their strengths as young people and as young parents through group discussions and/or one-on-one intensive client interventions. Thrive also encourages teen parents to foster and build strong relationships with their whanau, families and friends through active participation. Thrive follows the innovative parenting practice principles that were developed under the highly successful SKIP (Strategies for Kids Information for Parents) and the Pepi initiatives.
Thrive was established in 2010 following the highly successful Auckland Women’s Centre (AWC) ten year Teen Parent Project. Following upon the success of the project an 18 month collaborative community research project was completed with the findings calling for an independent, Auckland-based teen parent service. In 2011, Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust opened its doors to teen parents and their children across West and Central Auckland. Over 500 teen parents have accessed the suite of services offered by Thrive, with many young parents going on to flourish, thrive and succeed.
We're an organisation that prides itself on having the following values:
Hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.
To love, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.
To be true, valid, honest, genuine, sincere.
To be correct, true, upright, right, just, fair, accurate, appropriate, lawful, proper, valid.
Relationships, kinship, sense of family connection - a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging.
Thrive is led by our CEO and the Board of Trustees. Photo below shows the following:
Cinnamon Whitlock, CEO, Josie Smith, Chairperson, Dr Jade Le Grice, Tina Barclay, Te Miria James-Hohaia.
Natalie Vincent (not present for the photo)