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A Girl Called Hope

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    A Girl Called Hope is a non–profit organisation working with young women who are motivated for change and facing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, disordered eating and low self-image.  

    Through our holistic wellbeing programmes we provide reflection of one's own journey, learning of healthy coping tools and positive life-skills, and opportunities to develop healthy connection with others.  We do this by providing a place to heal and strengthen based on the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of health. 

    Our Residential Wellbeing Programme is voluntary for young women of Aotearoa aged 16 - 28 years.  The Residential Wellbeing phase is for 16 weeks where participants live on-site engaged in daily routine promoting lifestyle balance physically, mentally & emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  The Home is located on the North Shore of Auckland.  A further 8 weeks of remote counselling is offered as part of the 12 month Transition Support phase when participants have returned to their communities.  Regular weekend leave for participants is part of the programme and ensures a strengthening connection with whanau and community.


     The Team consists of:

    • The Intake Coordinator who assists applicants to the Residential Wellbeing Programme to ensure suitability to meet their current needs.
    • In the Home the Wellbeing Programmes Assistants, Household Manager, Counsellors and Kaitautoko all work to provide a holistic programme within a safe environment.  A qualified nutrition health professional is contracted to A Girl Called Hope part–time and residents access external medical services as required.
    • The Transitional Support Coordinator provides support for Accountability Mentors as part of our awhi of programme participants back in their community.
    • The Team is supported by the Wellbeing Programmes Manager, Makerita Siaosi (who is responsible for wellbeing programme staff and therapeutic oversight), and the Executive Director, Kerry Petrie who has oversight of the organisation and accountability to our Board of Trustees.


    Voluntary Residential Wellbeing Programme

    A Girl Called Hope exists to see young women reach their full potential through participation in a voluntary structured, residential wellbeing programme. The programme is open to women aged 16 – 28 years, from anywhere in Aotearoa, and consists of the following three phases:

    - Intake
    - Residential Wellbeing 
    - Transitional Support

    Participants enter a welcoming home-like environment that is a safe space to learn tools and techniques to bring change.  Through the experience of living in community on site (Auckland) for 16 weeks, participants learn to engage healthily in respectful and boundaried relationships with each other and staff.  Individual counselling, group process, staff coaching and self-discovery through the life development and skills classes is part of a typical week.  Regular set weekend leave is part of programme to remain connected to whanau/support network. 

    8 weeks of remote counselling is offered upon return to community, as part of our 12 month Transition Support phase.

    The wellbeing programme has been developed to encompass life skills development, career advice, communication skills and emotion regulation skills.  The practical skills of cooking, cleaning, and budgeting are also integrated into the wellbeing programme. Each young woman participates in the daily running of the home, and is involved in recreation that includes team building and community activities. Access to other health professionals is available as required.

    An Accountability Mentor is also offered as part of the Transition Support phase, alongside support from our Transitional Support Coordinator.


    The programme is provided free of charge for young women aged 16 to 28 years.  Residents are responsible for medical costs, travel costs for weekend leave and personal cares expenses.  Donations towards the running costs are expected from residents and/or their support people (similar to school donations) and this is discussed during the application process.

    Age groups

    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke