Whatever you're going through, there are support agencies in Marlborough that can help.
Young people can access counselling.
This isn't a crisis service, but they offer counselling or social work support for young people and their families. You can self-refer.
(03) 578 6491
Located at the Health Hub, 22 Queen Street, Blenheim
Birthright gives support to one-parent families and their children. They offer home-based support and parent education, family social events, life skills, advocacy, newsletters, and subsidised holiday camps. This organisation works to ensure children of one-parent families have the same rights and privileges as all children. There are also subsidised extracurricular activities e.g., sports etc. They offer free counselling.
0800 457 146
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
CAB provides a free impartial and confidential service of information and support.
25 Alfred Street
03) 578 4272
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Hours: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Community Law Marlborough
Phone: 03 577 9919 or 0800 266 529
This organisation gives legal information and advice, legal education and legal assistance for individuals and community groups.
14 Market Street, Blenheim
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529
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9:00am – 5:00pm Monday - Friday.
2 Redwood Street, Blenheim
Phone: 03 578 5395
Drop in Centre
- Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 1.30 pm.
- Wednesday open till 5.30 pm when an evening meal is provided.
- Free board games 10.00 am Thursday.
- Free exercise classes 10.00 am Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
- Cheapest food in town, koha appreciated.
- Free bread 8:00am.
- 8:30am Koha café - free soup and a roll. Breakfast, lunch and snacks for a donation.
- Wednesday 5:30pm, two course dinner for a donation.
- Food bank referrals available.
Maataa Waka Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust
They accept referrals from any source including self referral.
All services are delivered under a Kaupapa Maori model of practice.
The youth services that they offer are:
Youth Social Service
Support to youth between the ages of 12 – 16 on a one to one basis or group setting. The service provides a planned approach to address immediate issues, goal setting for the future, positive activities and role modelling.
Youth Programmes – Hapai Pukuriri
This is a group programme held for two hours over an eight week period exploring anger, including recognising triggers and strategies to manage own anger.
E Tipu e Rea
This is a five day programme held every school holidays for youth between the ages of 12 – 16. The programme is marae based and focuses on learning marae tikanga, whakapapa, as well as fun activities such as waka ama, fishing, trips to the Pelorus River, finishing with a poroporoaki where youth participate in preparing and cooking a hangi to celebrate with their whanau.
Fresh Start programmes
Support to youth and their whanau who have entered the youth justice system.
This is an alternative education programme based on Tikanga values and cultural practices for youth between the ages of 13–17. The aim of the programme is to identify individual talents and goals, develop a plan inclusive of the whanau to support the youth to reintegrate back into main stream school, or a pathway to achieve the necessary qualifications to commence a course or move into employment.
Contact details for Maataa Waka are:
56 Main Street,
C/O Marlborough Migrant Centre
21 Henry Street (corner of Henry and George Streets)
(03) 579 6410
022 657 9018
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Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Open Home Foundation Marlborough
Social Work Services for children and families at risk in our community, including social work support, respite care, foster care and mentoring for families and youth. There is also youth mentoring for at-risk young people.
(03) 578 0807
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Marlborough Girls’ College Chaplain
You can make an appointment through the guidance counselor. Lynda Moses is at the College Monday and Tuesday afternoons and all day Wednesday. She works at guidance, so you can leave a message there.
21 McLauchlan Street
(03) 520 8448
Peer Support Programme
When students request help from peer supporters in the local colleges, they can be given; a listening ear, a clear view of choices they have, accurate health information or be advised/accompanied to seek help from appropriate referral agencies/school staff.
- Helen McLean – Public Health Service (PHO)
(03) 520 9887
- Julie Saul – Marlborough Girls’ College
(03) 578 4031 [Ext 872]
- Eric Newham – Marlborough Boys’ College
(03) 579 0119 [Ext 2010]
- Julie Bousquet – Queen Charlotte College
(03) 573 6558 [Ext 826]
What's up is a free counselling service for young people. They are there for support, or someone to talk to.
The online chat option is also available.
0800 942 8787
1:00pm - 11:00pm
0800 88 33 00
Women's Refuge and Sexual Assault Resource Centre
Offering refuge for women and support services for those affected by sexual violence.
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
(03) 577 9939
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This is a youth helpline with counselling and support services and information about all sorts of topics concerning to teenagers, plus has links to other website.
24 Hour Counselling
0800 376 633 / 0800 YOUTHLINE
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