Support for Young Parents

Our Young Parents service offers individual and group support to help mums and dads make thoughtful choices.

Our young parents service offers individual and group support to help mums and dads make thoughtful choices. We provide support for individual parents in a number of areas like parenting, relationships, tenancy issues, budgeting, health and pregnancy issues, job search support, problem solving and goal setting.


The Young Parents to Be program, a partnership with Plunket, is a youth friendly pregnancy and parenting programme for people up to age 23, held at St John of God Waipuna.

Through the program, young people have access to education and support to help develop their parenting skills. They also have access to other social work and support services at St John of God Waipuna and Plunket.

We provide transport to and from the course as well as a healthy meal, helping to provide a welcoming and supportive environment that connects young people.


Start date: 24 May 2017

Day: Wednesdays 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Duration: six weeks

A light meal is provided

For booking or enquiries:

Phone: 0800 291 658
SMS: 027 275 8477

Infant Massage Instruction

This is run by certified infant massage instructor. Learn how to massage and help your baby to sleep peacefully, cry less often and improve overall health. Connect with other parents who have young babies. This is a group for parents of babies that are newborn to 6 months.


Start date: 25 May 2017

Day: Thursdays 10.30am to 12.00pm

Duration: five weeks

Morning tea Provided

ME – Managing Emotions to Thrive

This is a certified course which looks at: management of anger and difficult emotions; personal wellbeing and relationships. It aims to help you flourish in your relationships and as a family. This group is facilitated by Enabling Youth on site at St John of God Waipuna.


Start date: 10 May 2017

Day: Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.00pm

Duration: eight weeks

Morning tea provided 

Young Parents Breastfeeding Support

Waipuna has qualified breastfeeding peer support counsellors. Please call Waipuna and ask for Jaime if this is something you need. You will be connected with a peer supporter.

Interested in being trained as a breastfeeding peer support counsellor? Let us know and we will get you the info for the next training.

Mellow Parenting

This is a relationship based parenting group that supports creating a positive relationship between you and your child.


Each group will include and activity and lunch time with your child as well as time for parents to discuss parenting topics together. Dad’s are welcome to the parenting aspect of the group. Call Waipuna for more details.

The next group for Mellow starts term three. Interested? Please call and ask for your name to be put on the list.

Topics include: trust, child development, bonding with baby, playing, feeding, childhood illnesses, safety in the home, family, self esteem, the future.


Please make groups a priority. People in the group rely on everyone being there and you need to keep regular childcare attendance.

Getting to groups

We prefer you make your own way or carpool here if possible. Buses 80 (Lincoln to Parklands) and 145 (Westmorland/Eastgate) and YellowLine stop close to Waipuna and the Orbiter stops around the corner on Kerrs road. See the Metro websites route planning page.


There is plenty of parking here. We have limited spaces to pick you up by van if you are not able to bus or drive. Please let us know when you enrol if you need support with transport

Little Owls Preschool

Little Owls is our early education centre at St John of God Waipuna in Avonside, Christchurch. 

Refer to us

Young Parents Development Service referral form

Housing Opportunities for Parental Enhancement (HOPE) referral form

Child protection

St John of God Hauora Trust's Child Protection Policy helps ensure the safety and protection of children. The policy provides guidelines for our caregivers to ensure correct and effective processes are in place when there are concerns for the safety or wellbeing of children.

More information about St John of God Waipuna

Tel: 03 386 2159