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.