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Family Works asks: what about the girls?
Programme facilitators Robern Austin and Shelly Evans.
Programme facilitators Robern Austin and Shelly Evans.

How do we teach girls to become strong, confident young women?

It’s about building their self-esteem and addressing their physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing, according to Family Works social worker Shelly Evans. But doing that can be tricky.

That’s why Family Works is offering a free programme for 13 to 15 year old girls in Wainuiomata, called ‘What about the girls’.

“The ‘What about the girls’ programme gives girls the tools they need to help them with their self-esteem, with issues of bullying, to help them communicate better and to grow in self-confidence and self-respect,” Shelly explains.

This is the first time Family Works has offered the programme in Wainuiomata, which aims to teach girls about healthy relationships, gaining confidence, dealing with bullying and more.

The free 10 week programme starts on Tuesday 12 May at 4pm, and consists of a weekly two hour session.

“The sessions involve one hour of learning and one hour of fun, including crafts, makeup, baking and so on,” explains Shelly.

“The topics we cover include health and relationships, self esteem, self defence, careers and drug and alcohol education, and there is a graduation ceremony at the end of the programme.”

The ‘What about the girls’ programme will be held at Family Works Wainuiomata, located at 102 Main Road, on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm, starting 12 May to 14 June 2015.

To register for the programme call 04 528 4164, email or click here.

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