Susie Gunn - SuperGrans Mentor (left) and Julia Crasborn - SuperGrans Coordinator

A free mentoring service for Hawke’s Bay will see women of all ages develop life skills through one-on-one support and workshops. 

SuperGrans, a new venture by Heretaunga Women’s Centre, launches on February 25 and will be available to all women in the region. 

The much needed programme will empower local women to gain knowledge and skills to improve their daily lives, both in their personal and professional lives. Mentors in the programme are women from a range of ages and backgrounds, who will walk alongside other women and support them to grow their skills, including cooking healthy meals on a budget, gardening, CV writing, applying for jobs, budgeting, sewing and much more.

Women can self-refer to the programme or be referred by other organisations and agencies. Each woman referred meets with the Heretaunga Women’s Centre SuperGrans coordinator to identify what they need and the goals they want to set, before being matched with an appropriate mentor. 

Centre Manager Amanda Meynell says the programme is long overdue and will offer an essential service. “We saw a need in our community with women coming to the centre requiring support but not requiring agency interventions or counselling.” SuperGrans fills this gap by providing good support around life skills, says Meynell.

Volunteers for SuperGrans can be any age, and don’t need to be grandmothers. They are women in our community who have skills and experience they would like to share with other women.

Heretaunga SuperGrans is affiliated with the national organisation of SuperGrans Aotearoa.

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