We have spent our lives living in a different world to the family life fostering has given us a glimpse of. These ‘hard to reach’ families are far outside our normal circle of influence and are challenged with deep-seated needs. For many of these families, the future is impossibly bleak and their homes bear witness to some of the most harrowing social statistics in New Zealand.
We don’t have all the answers and we certainly do not feel even remotely prepared to help, however fostering has opened our eyes to the great need and it breaks our hearts. We want to try and do something about it.
We have set-up a new charitable trust to enable us to reach out to these families in the area of parenting, marriage and family relationships. We have named it The Bright Vision Charitable Trust.
We are working closely with The Open Home Foundation, The Parenting Place and Te Whakaora to access the material and networks needed. It appears that we have also obtained a track-record that will help us be trusted and accepted by Bay of Plenty social services and community.
The Bright Vision Charitable Trust will be working with vulnerable and disadvantaged families in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
The Trust will be using a combination of course material, one-on-one coaching and an emotional healing program to go deep and partner long-term with parents.
A key delivery component is the Building Awesome Whanau course which is part of The Parenting Place’s toolbox family. It is a six-session course that provides positive, practical and fun parenting advice and learning.
Building Awesome Whanau was created in response to repeated requests from Māori and social service agencies for a parenting programme that specifically meets their needs. Click here for more information.
In time Bright Vision will also add an emotional healing programme to restore emotional competence and resilience in high-risk parents.
Intended Beneficiaries of our Work
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged parents and whanau
- Children who are unsafe at home
- Local community by working to build stronger, healthier and more positive family units
The Bright Vision Charitable Trust is currently registering for charitable status. Funding will be sought from private, public and government sources.
In 2016 Bright Vision will begin running Building Awesome Whanau courses, taking the opportunity to connect itself further into the community.
Strategic partnerships will be built to maximize reach and impact and Bright Vision is at the planning stage with some high profile organizations.
Monitoring outcomes will be a key focus from the beginning and in the first year feedback forms and personal interviews will be used as the primary measures of outcomes.
As the launch year, 2016 is really about establishing the Bright Vision model and systems to ensure a positive and beneficial outcome for the community.
Would you like to find out more? We’d be happy to chat in person, or by phone. Send Mike a quick note here and he’ll get in touch.
Please take the time to read through the information on this site and let us know of any questions.