A tailored men-only programme run by Taranaki Women’s Refuge to help men make positive changes about how they think, feel and behave in a relationship has received support from Te Karaka Foundation.

David Younger

“Projects to strengthen families are well supported by our generous donors and we were impressed by the positive outcomes this programme is achieving,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Into its fourth year, ASPIRE began as a pilot programme, and now runs 20 hours a week from the Taranaki Women’s Refuge community office. The programme is free, voluntary and is delivered by highly qualified and very experienced social worker David Younger.

“The funds we were granted will mean that men within our community will have a place to go to receive appropriate support, to help them understand their behaviour in relationships and to learn tools to support change,” says Taranaki Women’s Refuge Relationships Manager Shona Smith.

In the programme men learn about relationship dynamics, work on their communication skills and have support to make positive changes in a relationship.

“We are very grateful that Te Karaka Foundation also see the value in this programme and we’re thrilled to receive funding to support its continuation.”

Funding for this programme has come from generous Te Karaka donors and the Tindall Foundation Local Allocation Committee, which is overseen by Te Karaka.