Day Programmes

Classes and activities can be used by people in different ways to increase their wellbeing. For some people, the connections and confidence built in an understanding and supportive environment are key. Others appreciate the learning involved or the structure built into their week of having somewhere meaningful to go, especially when facing difficult situations in their life or with their health.

We offer a range of activity-based and recovery-focused day programmes. These are very well received by people who may be looking for a range of things; connection, laughter, activities for during the day, new skills, and hobbies to improve their life and wellbeing. 

Our Whariki Whaiora Family and Community Centre is a community-based service located in South Auckland. It is peer-run, with all staff bringing a personal understanding of living with mental wellbeing and/or substance challenges.

Whariki provides education programmes, advocacy, life skills, activities and peer support for people living with poor mental health and their families/whānau. We also have the Recovery Education Hub, (The REd Hub), based in Whangārei for people experiencing mental health challenges; Concrete Jungle and PeerZone in the Central region, and Tiakina Wellbeing Programme for youth in Christchurch; and others.

Activities that our free day programmes may have on offer include:

  • Art therapy
  • Arts and crafts
  • Basic cooking
  • Gardening
  • GROW (A 12-Step Programme)
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Literacy and numeracy training
  • Men’s group
  • Men’s peer support group
  • Mosaic making
  • Music classes
  • Māori workshops
  • Pottery
  • Relaxation classes
  • Self esteem
  • Tai Chi
  • Understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Volunteering
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training
  • Women’s group
  • Work readiness