Seasons North Taranaki is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing support for children in times of need.
A decade after it started in New Plymouth the peer support programme has helped 660 children deal with grief and loss.
Seasons North Taranaki co-ordinator Diana Lawrence calls its effect on the children "magic and life-changing". In the past 10 years, 493 children have attended 163 programmes at 17 different schools and after school centres.
"Children understand that there are others in similar situations. Magic happens when children share their stories in a caring environment with each other," Lawrence said. "The main feedback we get from parents is that children who have been through the course are more open, they know it's OK to talk about their feelings, they are calmer and happier."
In central and south Taranaki, 168 children and adolescents, as well as 20 parents, have been helped in 50 programmes, including nine run at schools since it started six years ago.
To celebrate 10 years in New Plymouth, Seasons is having a function tonight at the Plymouth Hotel.
- Taranaki Daily News
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