Parent Port - A Lifeline for Families with Preschoolers
There’s nothing like those early days when your baby is born. Every moment is precious and it is a real bonding time as you get to know a brand new little family member. It can also be a really challenging time, getting through the week isn’t easy when you aren’t even sure what day of the week it is. New parents are also often isolated and need emotional support as they adjust to a whole new way of life. Parent Port North was first established by Homebuilders in 1997 to help parents and caregivers get through those first few years. It is a free service that offers practical assistance and support to new parents by helping with childcare, light housework, washing, and cooking. Parent Port’s services cover a wide area from Puhoi all the way to Paparoa on south side of the Brenderwyns. They are a not-for-profit community organisation, funded by various community schemes including Foundation North, COGS, Grassroots Auckland Giving, the Lotteries Grant Board and the Sir Logan Campbell Estate.
Co-ordinator Di Julian has been involved with Parent Port for over eight years and organises the funding applications as well as working hands on with families in her area. “What I love about Parent Port is that we are not means tested and we don’t have a huge amount of paperwork, so we can help anyone who needs support. All they need to do is call us and we can set everything up for them in a few minutes.” All of the Parent Port helpers are police checked and are very experienced. Every family with children under five is entitled to 12 hours of free assistance so if you have to attend appointments, need to shop, or just need a rest, give them a call today.