HEI MAREIKURA, HEI MAURORA – WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

This is a free community based programme offered to women living in the West Auckland area.


The programme aims to impact mental well-being by supporting women to find their purpose, become more engaged in their daily activities, create contribution pathways, nurture optimism and become confident and competent in their chosen activities. The programme aims to support sustained change over time by helping women put these skills and strategies into daily practice. The programme empowers women so they are able to make positive choices for themselves and their families. We work to a theory of change co designed alongside the first group of women participants, with the outcome of the programme being ‘West Auckland Women living lives they value’.


A coaching approach is used to give women in the West Auckland community the confidence, skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams, hopes, personal, and career or study goals.

The programme consists of an initial workshop and then weekly one to one coaching sessions are offered the next 8 to 12 weeks, while women work on setting and achieving personal goals with a community coach. When women have completed the coaching they then transition into the Alumni part of Hei Mareikura Hei Mauriora which has elements of social, development and community engagement activities.


Hei Mareikura, Hei Mauriora is both flexible and responsive to women who find themselves in a cycle of poverty and vulnerability.  The long-term vision of the programme is to disrupt inter-generational negative cycles by empowering women in the community to have choices and a voice in their future. This initiative has been co-designed with women from the first cohort and adapted as each of the subsequent cohort navigate their way forward. We therefore co-create with participants and adjust along the way to ensure we stay relevant.

This programme creates a supported pathway of transformation with significant, positive and sustainable change in the lives of the women we work with.

The programme aims to impact women’s lives across four domains of wellbeing: self-awareness; connections; new ways of being; and living lives of value.

Personal coaching is underpinned by evidence. When someone identifies what’s important to them, chooses goals and has the support, confidence, environment and resources to take action, then that person has a much higher chance of making sustainable change.

SELF AWARENESS

Participants in the Hei Mareikura, Hei Mauriora programme are supported to increase their self- awareness by understanding their strengths, identifying their needs, creating a strong cultural identity and identifying their values.


CONNECTIONS

Why is connection important? Strong community relationships and connections can create a range of significant benefits to people’s lives. These include dramatic increases to wellbeing, more active citizenship and economic advantages. One pilot study has found that strengthening people’s social networks reduced people’s use of certain health services by up to 34%. Participants in Hei Ma¯reikura, Hei Mauriora are encouraged to build supportive and rewarding relationships and connections with whanau and family, social networks and community providers.


NEW WAYS OF BEING

The Hei Ma¯reikura, Hei Mauriora programme supports participants to set new goals and pathways, confidently interact with family, friends, community and community services, and change or modify unhelpful behaviours.


LIVING LIVES OF VALUE

Why is this important? Those who live a life that they feel has value and purpose are more likely to have greater levels of mental and physical wellbeing, express greater life satisfaction, be more emotionally resilient and be better equipped to work through stressful life events.


The Hei Ma¯reikura, Hei Mauriora programme aims to impact mental well-being by supporting women to find their purpose, become more engaged in their daily activities, create contribution pathways, nurture optimism and become confident and competent in their chosen activities. The programme aims to support sustained change over time by helping the women put these skills and strategies into daily practice.


If you think this is something you would like to be part of, please make contact with the Coordinator Rebecca 09 838 4820. We would love to hear from you.


If you are an organisation who thinks this kaupapa might benefit and support the mahi that you do, please make contact with Kathryn Lawlor on 09 838 4820 to discuss how our mahi might support your mahi.


To find out more contact us 09 838 4820” style=”” class=”link–external” data-brz-link-type=”external” >(09) 838 4820 or ” style=”” class=”link–external” data-brz-link-type=”external” >info@mphs.org.nz