Classes/Support Groups/Activities

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Bookings are essential for all courses/workshops (except yoga). Enrolments are confirmed on payment of course fee. Fees are on a sliding scale, with students and beneficiaries paying the lowest amount.

Your place is not guaranteed until payment is received. Payment is due seven days prior to the commencement of the course/workshop. Enrolments accepted only with payment of course fee. If classes are cancelled you will receive a full refund. Withdrawals up to five working days prior to the commencement of a course attract a 75% refund. Withdrawals later than five days prior to the commencement of a course attract no refund at all. We believe this policy to be considerate of tutors contracted to prepare courses and to the administration of the programme. Phone for further information 376- 3227 xtn 0 or email info@womenz.org.nz

FEES

We try to keep our fees reasonable and affordable for those interested in attending our wonderful classes. Some of our course fees are on a sliding scale to take into account different levels of financial well-being, so that women on a low income can still afford to attend. As a gauge of how the sliding scale works, we expect that women in full time employment would pay the full amount of the course fees and women in part-time employment pay somewhere closer to the mid-range if they can’t afford the full fees. It would be appropriate for students and beneficiaries to pay closer to the base end of the scale as we are committed to making these courses affordable. Ideally, we would hope that women pay within the scale appropriate to their income and with respect to our tutors and the Women's Centre.

Cash or cheques are happily accepted at reception however we do not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities here, sorry.

Please make cheques payable to Auckland Women’s Centre and address them to:

PO BOX 78 271
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1245

We accept credit card payments via website enrolments, just click on the enrol button and enter in your details and the amount you wish to pay and you will go through to a payment screen.

Alternatively, you can pay by depositing money into our bank account:

Bank A/c no: 12-3012-0782605-00
A/c Name: The Auckland Women's Centre Incorporated
Please use your name and the name of the course as the reference.

 

Have you attended one of our courses/workshops but didn't get a chance to give us feedback? We'd love to know what you thought...please take a few minutes to fill out our evaluation form.

Classes

Amazing Assertiveness

Instructor - Carol Rewega

Find it hard to say NO? Feel resentful that people take advantage of you? Don’t seem able to get what you want? Keep things bottled up, then find yourself “exploding”? Feel that people don’t listen or take you seriously? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then this is the course for you.

Join other women in a supportive environment to find out how to make positive changes in your life through being assertive.

Fun, informative and really helpful! (7 wks)

Date:   Tuesdays, 28 February - 11 April, 2017
    Please enrol before Tuesday 21 February
Time:   6.30pm - 8.30pm
Duration:   7 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    Sliding scale $70 - $140
    If you would like to enrol but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

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Building a New Life After Separation

Tutor - Wende Jowsey

Divorce and separation can be opportunities for tremendous self-healing. Unfinished mental and emotional baggage doesn’t have to keep us stuck.  Whether you've been separated for 5 weeks or 15 years, learn how forgiveness unlocks keys to new freedom and release from the past. (1 day)

Date:   Saturday, 29 April, 2017
    Please enrol by Friday 14 April
Time:   9.30am - 4.00pm
Duration:   1 day
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    Sliding scale $30 - $70
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

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Girls' Self-Defence (7-12 years)

Tutor - Morgan Libeau

Give your daughter the opportunity to learn: to identify unsafe/safe people and situations, ways to resist unwanted/uncomfortable touch, how to use verbal and physical ways to deal with assault/abuse, how to say NO! in unsafe situations, remain calm, and tell a trusted adult.

A serious subject dealt with in a fun way for girls aged 7-12.

Comments from previous participants about what they liked:

"I loved the feeling that I used to be someone small and shy, but now I feel clever and strong and brave!  It was fun and I wo't forget it! That's a promise".  D aged 12.

"I liked how we learned about a stranger approaches you...you know what to do and I liked how we did the punches and kicks. Self Defence  Rocks". J aged 12.

"The class was great. I learnt to punch and kick properly. I learnt it's my body. I learnt shouts, yells and blocks." H aged 9.

Comments from  parents/caregivers: 

"Boosted self and other awareness. Improved self confidence. Thanks"

"Confidence in her ability to deal with 'difficult situations' and more awareness that these exist! Enjoyed seeing her strong and powerful." 

"(name) has experienced an increase in confidence subsequent to her first self defence course. In addition she takes more pleasure, satisfaction and interest in her own physical strength and prowess.

A bit about Morgan Libeau:

Morgan is a qualified Self Defence Tutor who has been teaching for many years. Initially she taught women and girls Self Defence but for some years has now concentrated only on the children's class.

Morgan has written a number of books for children and young people on issues of sexual abuse, therapy and court preparation for child witness's. She believes that if information is given to children appropriately it will make them feel safe instead of scared, enabling higher self-esteem and confidence.

Dates   Friday 24 March, 4.00pm - 6.00pm and
    Saturday 25 March, 10am - 4.00pm. Parents and caregivers are invited to be present and participate from 3pm-4pm on the Saturday.
    Please enrol before Friday 17 March.
Duration:   One and a half days
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:   $50 per girl, $90 for two sisters, $130 for three sisters
    If you would like to enrol your daughter but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

 

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Aroha Dance

Instructor - Rosanna Marks

A fusion of 2 ancient spiritual modalities designed to educate, deeply heal & free the feminine form. This practice will empower women in a safe and caring environment.
During this 5 week course you will learn ancient Tantric philosophy; essential knowledge on the 7 chakras, Mudra, breath work, movement, connection, how to view your body as a sacred space, body image, honouring and sisterhood. You will also learn beautiful & simple Bellydance routines & rituals that reflect each chakra, and the elements of earth, water, air and fire.

These classes are for every woman; any gender, age, size or shape who wish to learn the sacred, ancient secrets of feminine vitality, movement & expression.

Rosanna has been Bellydancing for over 11 years, enjoying dance as a form of self-expression & self-love. Bellydancing is her passion - a wonderful way to communicate earthy, feminine sensuality and to teach other women how to enjoy and appreciate this mysterious and alluring dance form for health, happiness & wellbeing. Rosanna focuses on the strong healing aspect of Bellydance & Tantra, and how the powerful combination assists to connect women to their own internal energy centres for vitality, empowerment and strength.

Aroha Dance – Each step we take brings empowerment, self-love & truth. (5 wks)

Date:   Fridays, 10 March - 7 April, 2017
Time:   6.00pm - 7.00pm
Duration:   5 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $10 per class
    $5 for beneficiaries and low income 
For further info:   Contact Rosanna at info@arohalove.co.nz or 0800mindbody

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Restorative Yoga

Tutor - Simone Bonny

Open to all women, any age, health, size and physical capability.  Small classes taught in a friendly, relaxed environment with careful adaptation of postures to suit individual needs.  Realigning, eliminating stress, strengthening and rejuvenating.

With over 20 years teaching experience,  Simone guides in the correct use of breath, linked to simple postures and gentle flowing sequences.

If you have any serious health issues or injuries, please be sure to discuss these with Simone when booking.

Date:   Every Tuesday morning starting 14 February, 2017
Time:   9.30am - 10.45am
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    $120.00 for 10 class concession card 
    or attend on a casual week-by-week basis for $15 per class
For more details:   Contact Simone on: 021 776 119 or sbonnyyoga@gmail.com 

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Understanding Money

Tutor - Lisa Dudson

A two hour workshop for women who want to learn about budgeting, revolving credit, KiwiSaver and any other money-related matters. Lisa Dudson of Acumen Financial Planning is passionate about sharing her knowledge on making the most out of your money. Bring your questions, pen and paper and get ready to be inspired. (2hrs)

Date:   Monday, 8 May, 2017
    Please enrol by Monday 1 May
Time:   6.00pm - 8.00pm
Duration:   2 hours
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    Sliding scale $10 - $30
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

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Memoir Writing

Tutor - Maria de Jong

For some adults memoir writing can be a therapeutic experience that helps them to heal themselves psychologically. For some women it can be an empowering experience as it gives them the opportunity to tell their story. For others, it can be an enjoyable and reflective process, and an outlet for creativity. The course will provide intellectual stimulation and an opportunity to improve their writing and literacy skills. The aim is to empower women to find their voice, their own unique writing style and to encourage them to begin writing their memoir.

Maria is the author of several biographies and family and business histories. She is passionate about preserving history for future generations, and has a special interest in Māori and Pacific Island History. Bring a notebook and your favourite pen. (7wks)

Dates   Tuesdays, 2 May – 13 June, 2017
    Please enrol by Tuesday 26 April
Times   7.00pm – 9.00pm
Duration:   7 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:   Sliding scale $70 - $140
    If you would lilke to enrol but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

 

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CV and Job Interview Skills

Tutor - Wendy Rowe

This workshop is aimed at helping women identify their transferable skills, produce a marketable CV, prepare for job interviews, and build their confidence to achieve their potential.

Whether you are re-entering the job market after years of putting your career on hold while attending to parenting and family needs, creating a CV for the first time, or if you just want to take the next step, this is a new workshop which has been created just for you. (3.5 hours)

Comments from previous participants:

"Excellent prep and support stuff provided for us to take away. Extremely helpful."

"Motivating!"

"Fantastic tutor who genuinely wants to see women succeed."

Dates:   Saturday 20 May, 2017
    Please enrol by Friday 12 May
Times:   9.30am - 1.00pm
Duration:   Half day
Location:   Auckland Women's Cente, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Cost:   Sliding scale $20 - $60
    If you would like to enrol but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 0

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Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori: Beginners

Tutor - Anita Simpson

An introduction to Te Reo Mâori and Tikanga Mâori (language and customs) through participation and conversation. You will learn correct pronunciation, a karakia (prayer), waiata (song), mihimihi (formal greeting/introduction) and various forms of greetings and useful phrases and sentences. The content of the 6-week course will be shaped by the participants needs. All of this in a welcoming environment.

Date:   Mondays, 22 May - 3 July, 2017
    Please enrol before Monday 15 May
Time:   6.00pm - 8.00pm
Duration:   7 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    Sliding scale $60 - $120
    If you would like to enrol but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

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Get Knitting

Tutor Barbara Woodman

Come and learn to knit and create your own projects. Even if you have never tried knitting before, the teaching will start with the basic stitches, understanding how knitting works, following patterns and fixing mistakes and each week you will increase your skills. The class will be small so that you get the individual support as you need it. Barbara will offer suitable projects to work on or you can bring your own patterns or ideas. Enjoy the company of other learners and get inspired by the shared passion for making your own unique items. (6wks)

Dates   Mondays, 10 July – 14 August, 2017. 
    Please enrol before Monday 3 July.
Times   7.00pm – 9.00pm
Duration:   6 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:   Sliding scale $70 - $140
    If you would lilke to enrol but can't manage the full cost of the workshop please contact us about a reduced rate.
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

 

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Self Defence For Women

Tutor - Barb Wallis
Learning to defend yourself is empowering.  Join us for this practical workshop to learn mental, verbal and physical self defence in a supportive environment. Build on your existing skills or learn new ones.  For women of all ages. (½ day)

Comments from previous participants:

“I enjoyed getting to physically practice the things we learnt.”

“It was valuable learning vulnerable parts of the body and how to attack these areas of an attacker.”

Date:   Saturday, 5 August, 2017
    Please enrol by Friday 28 July
Time:   1.00pm - 4.00pm
Duration:   3 hours
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    Sliding scale $40 - $60
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 0

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Self-defence for Teenage Girls

Stepping Out Self Defence Course run by Morgan Libeau

This one day workshop for girls 13-16 years is designed to increase confidence and enhance self-image.

Encouraging a heightened sense of themselves and their capabilities enables young women to step out into the world feeling positive and proud.

Aim of workshop:
To foster positive self-image
To encourage safe, sensible decision making
To reduce anxiety, fear and misinformation
To increase feelings of safety

Activities centre on:
Body pride
Verbal assertiveness
Physical techniques
Identifying and acting on feelings
Information on laws and rules
Decision making

 

Comments from previous participants:

“I enjoyed becoming more confident, strong and brave.”          

Date:   Date TBA, please enrol by contacting Morgan directly on the details below
Time:   10.00am-4.00pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre
Cost:   $45
Bookings essential:   Yes
For more details:   Please contact Morgan, phone 849 6522,  text 029 210 5430 or email mlibeau@xtra.co.nz
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Support Groups

Questioning? and more...

Facilitators - Cissy Rock and Ellie Lim

Would you like a supportive women's space to talk about same sex attraction?

This group is participant directed, a space to explore topics like:

  • What does same sex attraction mean to you?
  • Identity labels...e.g  Bi, Queer, Lesbian, Dyke
  • Stereotypes and gender stereotypes
  • Being in an opposite sex relationship and having same sex attraction
  • Finding community and dating
  • Being out in society
  • If you want to come out, how to tell family, friends, work colleagues
  • Sex with women
  • Relationships with women
  • You, your children and a new relationship

This group is facilitated by Cissy Rock and Ellie Lim.  Cissy is a prominent contributor to the Auckland Lesbian scene creating events and   support groups.  She enjoys getting alongside people and sharing her experience as a mother, feminist, lesbian, friend and partner.  Ellie works for the Auckland Women’s Centre and has had extensive involvement with rainbow organisations.  She is passionate about enabling women to journey their lives with strength and support.

Come along, ask questions, share, this is a safe, non-judgemental environment. (7 weeks)

Comments from previous participants:

(i enjoyed) "Being able to connect with people and talk to people who were experiencing similar things to me.  Having experienced people to help us and cheer us on."

"Really enjoyed (it) and appreciated the professional delivery. Thanks! :-)" 

Dates:   Tuesday 20 June - 1 August, 2017
    Please enrol by Tuesday 13 June
Times:   7.00pm - 9.00pm
Duration:   7 weeks
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Cost:   Free
To enrol:   Click on the enrolment button below, email womensservices@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 ext 1

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SKIP Single Mums Central East

By single mums for single mums. Facilitated by local mum Nicola, supported by Rochelle Carr, SKIP Coordinator

Feeling isolated or struggling with your family? Want to spend some time with other single mums, gain support and share a laugh?  

Come and meet up with local mums. Being with other mums in similar situations can be really fantastic for support, connection and sharing survival secrets.

Join in on any session. Meet new people, share, and learn something new. You are welcome with or without your children. This is part of the SKIP Single Mums' Positive Parenting Project with the AWC 

Date:  

Fortnightly on Sundays, 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 12 March, 26 March, 9 April. Continues in term 2.

Time:   2.00pm - 3.30pm
Location:  

Pakuranga Library, 7 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga

Register:  

Yes please

Cost:    FREE
For more details:   Contact Rochelle on: 376-3227 x 2,  027-460-5632 or skip@womenz.org.nz
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SKIP Single Mums on Sunday

For single mums by single mums.  

This is a friendly and relaxed afternoon in a supportive and non-judgemental space for single mums with children under 5 years. Expand your informal support network and work through positive parenting strategies with the SKIP Coordinator. Lots of toys for the children to play with and often we have giveaways for families. Part social, part workshop.

This is part of the SKIP positive parenting project which emphasises the six things children need to grow into happy, capable adults.  SKIP focuses on families with children under 5 years old and the principles are so good that they can be used with any age group and in any relationship.  Getting together is one of the best ways to gain parenting support and strategies to raise our children in a loving and nurturing home. There is a lot of free SKIP positive parenting booklets, posters and magnets for you to take home too.  Often there will be giveaways you can take home for you and/or the children. 

Date:   Last Sunday of the month, 26 February, 26 March, 30 April, 28 May, 25 June, 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 29 October, 26 November
Time:   2.00 - 5.00pm
Duration:   Ongoing
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn
Cost:    FREE
Bookings essential:    Yes please
To enrol   Click on the enrolment button below, email info@womenz.org.nz or call 09 376 3227 xtn 2
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Activities

Rainbow Women's Social Night

All Queer, Lesbian, Bi and Trans Women Welcome

Come and join Ellie at the Auckland Women’s Centre for an evening of DVDs or games.
 
Relax, chill, unwind and socialise… just rock on up, we’d love to see you. Bring your dinner if you would like to.
 
We alternate the nights, watching DVD's one month and playing Games the next month.

For more info or to be added to our  contact list for this group please email us or phone 376 3227 extn 1

Date:   Last Wednesday of every month 
Time:   7.00pm-9.30pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre
Cost:   Gold coin - $5 (sliding scale)
Bookings essential:   No but if you'd like to be on our email reminder list let us know
For more details:   Phone Ellie on 376 3227 xtn 1 or info@womenz.org.nz

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SKIP Community Garden AWC - Hosted by Single Mums

Hosted by SKIP Single Mums

Participation is welcome from all the community in this magic garden. SKIP Single Mums host a child friendly garden in front of the Women’s Centre. Get involved in planting, growing, weeding, eating, and enjoying. We have a shared lunch at 12.30pm using something from the garden.  The raised garden beds are child-friendly.

Check out and like the Facebook page SKIP Community Garden at Auckland Women's Centre  https://www.facebook.com/SKIPCommunityGarden

This is part of the SKIP positive parenting project which emphasises the six things children need to grow into happy, capable adults. 

Date:   The second Saturday of the month, 11th February, 11 March, 8 April
Time:   10.00am - 1.30pm.  Light lunch straight from the garden at 12.30pm
Location:   Auckland Women's Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Cost:   FREE
Bookings Essential:   Yes, please register below
For more details:  

Rochelle ph 09-376-3227 ext 2, m 027-460-5632 skip@womenz.org.nz

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Single Mum Matters

By single mums for single mums, facilitated by Jojo Vernon.

This workshop is run over three sessions.

Meaning:"Single Mum" - what does it mean? What abilities do we bring to our role and family? 
Values: What values sit behind our strengths? What parenting types do we most often work from?
Challenges: How can we manage our daily challenges? When are we most at risk of acting outside of our values?

Onsite childcare can be provided if you can't find care for your little ones.

A single mums meetup group will follow on from these sessions.

This is part of the SKIP Single Mums' Positive Parenting Project at AWC

Date:  

Saturdays, 18th February, 4 March and 18 March

Time:   3:00pm - 4:45pm
Location:  

102 Main Highway, Ellerslie

Register:  

Yes essential

Cost:    FREE
For more details:   Contact Jojo Vernon on: 021-0872-4617 or Rochelle on: 376-3227 x 2,  027-460-5632 or skip@womenz.org.nz
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