SKIP Positive Parenting - Single Mums

Our SKIP Positive Parent Project centres on single mums. It is designed to enable single mums to create, participate in, and lead community based activities such as meet ups, workshops, family fun days and events, which support them to build nurturing relationships with their pre-school children and each other.

Single mums tell us they love the Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents Project because it is non-judgemental, identifies and draws on their strengths, builds solid connections, and uses the power of conversations and humour. Every positive change is affirmed and celebrated.

Reducing isolation, increasing informal support networks and being in a non-judgemental group of women in similar situations is important.  What do you want or need in your community for parenting support and fun?  We would love to hear from you about your ideas and support how we can.  Contact Rochelle skip@womenz.org.nz

Auckland Women’s Centre is committed to contributing toward positive parenting in Auckland.

We offer these services and resources to single mums and their whānau in the community and we undertake to ensure that they are ethical, confidential and accessible.

Thank you to SKIP Ministry of Social Development for the continuing funding and support of the SKIP Single Mums AWC project.

For more information or to register please email skip@womenz.org.nz

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Parent-led activities and groups

Local mums host parenting support groups in their community:

We support single mums to set up and lead small groups in their community.  Being with other mums in similar situations can be fantastic for support, connection and positive parenting information. By creating informal support networks through SKIP,  families are strengthened.

Groups are currently located in

  • Papatoetoe
  • New Lynn
  • Pakuranga
  • Birkenhead

with more to come.

Would you like to be a Parent Peer Supporter?  

Are you reliable, motivated and keen to see your community connected? SKIP Single Mums AWC is looking for more parent leaders to be alongside parents of children 0-5 years old in their communities. Parent Peer Supporters will need to be available to host and facilitate small weekly or fortnightly groups.

Please contact Rochelle on skip@womenz.org.nz or 376-3227 ext 2. We would love to hear from you.

SKIP Community Garden: 

SKIP Single Mums have built a simple child friendly garden space in front of the Women’s Centre. This is a collaboration with the community and SKIP Single Mums. Participation is welcome from all the community in this magic garden.   We meet every second Saturday of the month 10am-1:30pm. All welcome. https://www.facebook.com/SKIPCommunityGarden

This is a great way to connect with community, create informal support networks and add to the creative development around positive parenting.

Previous community-led actions have been:
Caught Being Good at the Night Markets
Ambury Park Meet Up for South Auckland Mums
SKIP Single Mums Easter Egg Hunt
SKIP Single Mums Christmas
Mt. Roskill family-friendly shopping project

Outreach Workshops

SKIP Single Mum Positive Parenting workshops are available throughout Auckland. We provide a range of opportunities for participation, presentations, interactive workshops, and parenting programmes which focus on positive parenting for single mums with children aged between 0-5 years.

Session are

  • Free
  • Include onsite childcare
  • Held during the daytime
  • Tailored for your community

SKIP Single Mums AWC works in collaboration with single mums, other agencies, and communities. Please contact us if your agency or community group would like to partner with us and create something in your community focusing on positive parenting.  The following are several organisations which SKIP Single Mums have collaborated with.

  • Odyssey Family House
  • Mangere Women's Refuge
  • Roskill South Oasis Hub Early Years Service
  • Massey Community House
  • Orakei Community Centre
  • Ranui Baptist Community Care
  • Somali Women's Group
  • HIPPY
  • Kelston Community Hub
  • Waitakere Women's Centre
  • Glenavon Pre-school
  • Safari Playgroup

Single Mums Working Groups @ AWC

We have supported single mums by providing a relaxing place to meet up with other single mums.  In these working groups we focus on different themes such as managing anger, stress, stigma, coping at transition time, family traditions, how to talk about Dad, food and nutrition, and personal stories of single motherhood, and parenting.  Single mums share their experience, expertise, and questions.  We can walk away with an extra level of understanding and confidence after discussing these topics.  These are parent focused sessions which are co-created and co-facilitated by single mums.  We invite and welcome your ideas, input, and leadership.  

All session are free and have on-site childcare.

Single Mums Sunday Meet Up@ AWC

Single mums have created monthly playgroups on a Sunday afternoon to meet other single mum families socially. A simple bbq, sauce and bread, coffee, tea, and afternoon tea is provided by Auckland Women's Centre in our warm and comfortable environment.  There are plenty of great toys for the children.  Single mums are welcome to even if their children are not with them at the time of the meetup.

All session are free.

Single Mum Family Events

There are a range of community and family events for single mums and their children. Fun events such as Single Parent Family Fun Day, Single Mothers’ Day,  Single Mums Kids' Disco, Single Mums Kids' Movie Nights are a great way of enjoying single mum family time.

SKIP Positive Parenting connects with the wider community through community events such as the Toddlers’ Day Out and Great Parenting Fair, the Grey Lynn Community Festival, and Molley Green Neighbourhood Day.

SKIP Single Mums Social Media

Join our Facebook page to connect with other single mums, share your experiences and parenting tips, and get positive advice from other single mums and organisations, what works, and what we can do differently. We do a very important job as single mums, so connecting with others can be a great way of celebrating our successes!

Join us at www.facebook.com/SKIPSingleMumsAWC
For mums who have already participated in one SKIP Single Mums session we have a closed Facebook group where we can continue connection and conversation in a safe setting. 

We also regularly contribute to the Solo Parents NZ closed Facebook group. 

Single Mums Agency Network

We host four Single Mums Agency Network Meetings per year for professionals and volunteers who work with single mums to

  • explore innovative approaches to promoting positive parenting amongst single mums
  • create a positive culture of seeking, sharing and receiving parenting education
  • provide information and support
  • build good relationships between professionals
  • encourage more partnerships and collaboration amongst the professionals and the agencies
Are you reliable, motivated and keen to see your community connected?
Would you like to lead or join a group?