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Family Support Service This free home-based service was established in 2002 and originated from the ongoing casual support requested by parents from our After School Programme due to a lack of practical support from agencies in the Woolston and surrounding areas. Since then there have been approx 80 – 100 families per year that have accessed this service, directly benefiting approx 170 – 200 children per year. Families are able to self refer and the service provides general and practical support for families in areas of crisis management, parenting skills, behaviour management strategies, home management skills, basic financial management and advocacy.:

Taking a step back in Time: WDP was originally developed from a meeting of agency representatives in 1987 in response to a perceived need in the Woolston area, specifically in relation to alcohol + drugs. This collaborative inter-agency group identified the need for a ‘resource’ for young people e.g. availability of drop-in counselling services and access to a variety of health professional services. In 1988, WDP became incorporated and employed a co-ordinator and youth worker. Services provided included a teenage Friday night drop-in, a joint holiday programme with the Community Centre and the instigation of ‘Hoheria House’, accommodation for young women in crisis situations along with community events. In 1990 the After School Programme (ASP) came into existence for 5 to 13 year olds. (The 2nd after school programme founded in Christchurch)