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Young people

Support, advocacy and resources for our community’s youth.

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Highbury Whānau Centre

155 Highbury Avenue

Provides counselling, education, support and advocacy for children and young people (aged seven to 24) who are struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety conditions including panic attacks
  • Trauma
  • Managing emotions and behaviours
  • Anger
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Self-harm and suicide ideation
  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Offending

The community centre promotes and provides opportunities for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau to enhance wellbeing. Services include counselling, psycho-education, mentoring and youth work, support and advocacy, after-school programmes, holiday programmes, rugby league club, combat room Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, touch rugby, Te Reo Māori class and Te Hiringa alternative education services.

Referral yypes: GP, DHB clinical services.

Referral Process: Services are for children and young people aged 7-24 years. Referrals for youthwork can be from self-referral, whānau, schools, Oranga Tamariki and other community services. Referrals for counselling are through GP referrals to THINK Hauora.

Level 2: Alternative education will recommence face-to-face in line with Ministry of Education operational processes. No user groups allowed in. Other social services will continue remotely – no face-to-face activity and no drop-ins.

Oranga Tamariki

313 Church Street

Level 2: Social workers will continue to provide support for tamariki, whānau and caregivers. It’s a challenging time for our staff, and we ask that you are patient, understanding and kind.

After 5pm and on weekends, social workers are only available for emergency situations. We still urge you to call so we can assess your needs.

Worried about a child or young person?

START Youth Service

210 Featherston Street, Palmerston North

Youth Needs support service – supporting young people to help with access to financial support and other needs. Start is about helping you to create a plan that provides you with all the options and opportunities that are available to you.

Level 2: We are working from our offices with no direct contact. Please contact us via phone, email or Facebook Messenger. For any immediate assistance call our office. If you can’t get through, try again in 30 minutes.

Youth One Stop Shop

31 Princess Street

Provides Palmerston North's young people with a range of free services that are accessible, youth appropriate and holistic.

Level 2: Their door is open, and they are there to help. Contact restrictions in place, this means they’ll help you over the phone first (scripts, medical questions, support, counselling) and make an appointment to see you in person when needed. They’re not able to start the walk-in clinic at level 2 so please contact them first, rather than turning up without an appointment.

Youth Space Palmerston North

Corner Coleman Mall and George Street

Safe space for young people aged 13 to 19. Support and things to do that create opportunities for you to be your best self. Keep an eye out on their social media for updates about opening hours and days.

Youthline Manawatū

145/4 Queen Street

Youthline provides online and phone counselling support with trained counsellors. Its phone lines and free text service are all active.