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A resource building programme to reduce stress and build resilience.
For families and whanau of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
begins Saturday July 24th 2021 (3 sessions)

The programme, adapted from Gabrielle Young’s Thrive, is based on the latest research from the following fields:
• Wellbeing Science • Positive Psychology • Neuroscience
• Psychology of Change • Mindfulness • Compassion Science

The programme caters for people at all different stages of their wellbeing journey and lives. The aim is to inform participants about how they are wired and what actions they can take to maximise wellbeing regardless of life circumstances. Participants will learn a wide variety of practices they can incorporate in their daily lives depending on what they feel drawn to and find the most useful.

Facilitators: Gabrielle Young and Jules Garland
Gabrielle Young has been facilitating groups and working with organisations, teams and individuals for over 25 years. In the last 5 years she has developed and run resilience and wellbeing programmes for organisations. She is passionate about walking the talk and has re-orientated her life to ensure that she manages her own wellbeing effectively including being in nature, connecting more with others and doing life enhancing work.
Jules Garland works in the disability field and has a son with ASD in his early twenties. She has direct experience of the pressures that can lead to feeling stressed when parenting a son or daughter with a disability. She has a public health and health promotion background and qualifications, has studied Positive Psychology and is a trained teacher of Mindful Self Compassion. She has been thrilled to see the positive impact of her own wellbeing journey on her son.

This is a FREE programme. The personal benefits are enormous. We ask that you commit to attending all three sessions.

3 Session Programme:
Session 1
Saturday July 24th 9.30–4.30pm
in person - 497 Remuera Rd

Session 2
Choose either -
Monday 2nd August 6-8.30pm
Saturday 7th August 2-5pm
in person - 497 Remuera Rd

Session 3:
Choose either –
Wednesday 25 August 6-8.30pm

Saturday 28th August 2-4.30 pm


To register and for more information:

027 625 7994  

With thanks to Te Pou for funding

Advocacy Skills
Developing advocacy skills to implement the UNCRPD one person at a time

This training is for whanau and staff of disabled people and for people working in advocacy roles in disability services. Relevant articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be used as a bridge to the practical application of advocacy.

Topics include:

  • Essential components of advocacy
  • The place of empowerment and rights
  • Strategies for negotiation


  • John Armstrong and Bob Lee (both from Australia)
The day will be a mix of presentation, audience participation, story-telling, and group work.

Friday, September 13th, 2019. 9.30 am till 5 pm Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom
Lunch will be provided. Cost-free of charge thanks to funding from Te Pou

Places are limited. Registration essential.

Please email Jules for further information and to register.

Past Events

Christmas Event
Sunday 27 November 2016

60 people attended our celebration on Sunday November 27th. A big thank you to Susan and Sue for allowing us to show the documentary film "Susan's Holiday" at our Christmas event. This professionally made short film is about Susan's first trip to the snow in Tongariro National Park that she took with Sue and family in winter 2016. Susan and Sue described the planning and saving involved and noted within the trip a number of additional 'firsts' for Susan such as eating breakfast out in a cafe, and staying a night in a motel. The film was very well received (note enthralled faces glued to the big screen) and many people said afterwards how inspired they were.


Relationships and Valued Roles
Saturday 30 April 2016 

Facilitators Jules Garland and Fran Hartnett
As part of the workshop we viewed the short film "Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community" that illustrates one man's community integration through strong community relationships and valued roles. This story was told at the Social Role Valourisation conference in  USA in 2015. At the centre of the story is Citizen Advocacy. 


Citizen Advocacy Pot Luck Dinner

Location: All Saints Church, corner Ponsonby Rd and Cowan St, near Three Lamps, Ponsonby. 
Date:  Sunday 23 July 2017, 5pm.

We hope all advocates and protégés will attend and enjoy an evening of friendship and fun.



Workshop in Australasia for first time

“How to Function Morally, Coherently & Adaptively in a World that is Dysfunctional, Including its Human Services” 

Sydney July 3-9, 2017  more information


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Invitation - Citizen Advocacy Auckland


Alison - 50 Years Under the System


Strategies to Build Relationships -  Janet Klees

A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorisation Theory - Joe Osborne

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From Cranky to Feisty: Difficult, Lonely Old Lady to Interesting, Engaged Elder 

Tom Doody from North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy USA   

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The Application of Social Role Valorization in Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability – An Overview -  John Armstrong, Senior SRV Trainer  

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