The Bright Vision Charitable Trust works with whānau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Started by Mike and Julie Edwards, the aim of the trust is to partner with other organisations to create a community where our tamariki wake up with hope. The primary way Bright Vision works is through parenting and marriage programs delivered relationally in primarily small group settings.
Bright Vision has developed a program for young expectant mothers called Hapai Mama. It incorporates antenatal with parenting in the first 30 day’s, along with traditional Maori parenting to really set a mother up well for her journey into motherhood.
Another program Bright Vision deliver is Building Awesome Whanau, 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 for parents of all ages.
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.
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
Natalie has worked within the social services sector for 18 years both in New Zealand and overseas. She has a passion for working with services who support, encourage and empower marginalised and vulnerable people and especially children. She has been the managing director for her own agency, Small Seedlings in Australia for 8 years and worked extensively as a consultant in the Child Protection sector. She is currently the National Practice Advisor for Open Home Foundation working in the Northern region.
Julie runs a busy household and works along side Mike as a family coach. She home schools their six children and opens her home to many foster children every year. Their home is always full of extra families who enjoy hanging out and relaxing with the Edwards family.
Mike is an experienced business coach and marketer. Mike has worked for a number of innovative New Zealand companies like Comvita, Freshmax, Café Direct and Sequal Lumber. Mike and Julie have been married for over 20 years and have 6 children. Over the years they have fostered many more children through The Open Home Foundation and given their time as parent and family coaches.
The Bright Vision Charitable Trust is privately funded. In the future, as the reach of the trust is extended, further funding will be sought from private, public and government sources. You to can help.