A word from Dr Geoff Bridgman, Lecturer Department of Social Practice Unitec and Chair of Violence Free Communities:
Early Childhood intervention through education programmes for children and their parents, building up community resilience through relationship building events and teaching children and the community how to resolve issues around bullying and conflicts are ways in which we can prevent violence.
Our projects such as Toddler Day Out and Great Parenting Fair, Our Amazing Place Community Treasure Hunts, and Bullying Not Our Future are just some of the ways in which we outreach to our wider community and make a difference. Our commitment is to refining great programmes or events, researching their effectiveness and creating clear operations manuals which can be easily transferred to other areas and communities. These successful programmes and events are now happening nationwide. We have always placed a strong emphasis on the importance of collaboration and this has proven to be the best formula. Engagement and collaboration make for resilient communities. We have created a wonderful resource called Jade Speaks Up, which is helping children around issues of domestic violence, giving them education and tools to help deal with frightening situations and how to keep themselves safe.
We invite you to have a look at who we are and what we are doing, with some of our past achievements and future plans: