Community of St Martin @ St Chad's

Anglican Parish of Sandringham and Mt Roskill

Call for Volunteers

Seasons Central-West St. Martins at St. Chads 861, Sandringham Rd, Sandringham, Auckland Supporting Children Living with Loss and Change Seasons Central-West runs the Seasons for Growth® grief and loss peer-support programme for children and teenagers who are missing someone significant from their lives, due to a death, parental separation or any other major change/loss. This programme provides the children an opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to such experiences in a healthy way.

If you enjoy working with children or teenagers, can commit to 2-3 hours a week during school term and you know what it’s like to miss a loved one PLEASE consider becoming a Seasons Companion/Volunteer and make a huge difference in the lives of hurting children. We provide a two-day training/workshop for those who can commit to at least one term per year.

Seasons for Growth is delivered in Central and West Auckland schools that have a need. It is an 8-week programme with each session running for one-hour, once a week, on the same day and time during school term. You will facilitate small groups of four to seven children of similar age, with another trained Volunteer/ Companion supporting the children using a wide range of activities that encourage the sharing of experiences and help them learn the process of grief. Topics include feelings, telling our stories, memories, change, strengths and resources.

For more information please contact the Coordinator Malini Malur, on 021342851 or email

Enquire today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Co-ordinators, Companions and local management committee members involved in delivering Seasons for Growth programmes within the greater Auckland region gathered in what was a wonderful opportunity to interact, share experiences, form connections with other Companions and develop professionally. 

The keynote speaker was by video conference with Professor Anne Graham, author of Seasons for Growth. 

Other presentations included: Safety – Jacolize Becker, Children and Family Ministries Facilitator and Rose Stanley, Author. Group management skills. Strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour. Interactive discussion in groups. Mindfulness activity. Sharing and presenting activities and ideas – Spring and Summer were among the many activities shared that day. 

To the organisers Bruce Owen (Chair), Jillian, and Claudette, who put together an excellent programme enjoyed and valued by all, thank you. 

Seasons for Growth

St Martin’s @ St Chad’s has established a Seasons for Growth programme for children and young people in the Central-West area of Auckland City. 


Seasons for Growth is an innovative grief and loss education programme that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (aged 6-18) who are dealing with significant life changes by exploring the impact of change and loss on every-day life, and learning new ways to respond to these changes. Trained adult ‘Companions’ facilitate the small group programme, where participants support and learn from each other in age appropriate and engaging activities. Young people learn that they are not alone in dealing with the effects of change, loss and grief and build their communication, decision making and problem solving skills within a supportive peer group.


The programme coordinated from St Martin's @ St Chad's is delivered in schools to groups of 5—6 children of similar age. The children are referred to the programme by parents, teachers or social workers because of some behavioural change which seems to stem from the recent loss of someone important in their lives. This loss may be because of death, divorce or imprisonment of the significant person.

We employ a dedicated, part-time Co-ordinator to run the Seasons for Growth programme. She leads a group of volunteer companions who deliver the programme which runs over 9 sessions during a term.






For more information about Seasons for Growth, or becoming a volunteer, please contact Malini Malur, Programme Coordinator, Email:, Phone: 021 342 851.

Illustrations by Stephen Michael King, drawn specially for Seasons for Growth

Farewell to our Development Coordinator, Rene du Plessis

On Friday,  7 July 2017 Rene du Plessis, our faithful Development Coordinator, leaves her role with Seasons for Growth as she takes up a full time role teaching in a tertiary enviroment. Rene has been with Seasons Central-West since October 2014. She has set up and developed a number of systems in this time. She will be missed, both for her skills and experience, and for her friendly personality. Go well Rene.

The Seasons for Growth High Tea at St Martin's @ St Chad's on 11 December 2016