Dayspring estimates that as many as 65,000 of the 1 million children born between 2001 and 2017 (1 out of 15) may have had their normal development and future seriously compromised due to mental distress and attachment issues occurring in their first three years of life.
A Secure Beginning lasts a lifetime
40 years of community support
We started with a desire to help our community and support our neighbours.
We are here to support women with babies/young children who have experienced severe post natal depression or are living with an existing mental health issue.
We offer one on one counselling services to anyone in need. Dayspring Counselling service works with individuals, family groups and children.
Secure Beginnings is a home based program designed to strengthen and improve parent-child relationships. Be part of an exciting opportunity to have Secure Beginnings tailored specifically to the needs of your family.
Circle of Security Parenting
The Circle of Security® is an innovative intervention program designed to alter the developmental pathway of parents and their young children. This is offered as an 8 week course.
Supported Landlord Service
Dayspring operates supported accommodation where women can live and be supported through mental health challenges. Under certain circumstances we can also support women with babies or preschoolers.
We offer a range of courses to the community such as sewing and exercise.
”Working alongside Dayspring has been a life-changing experience. Dayspring has been a big part of mine and my son’s life for the past 2 years.Theresa*, a 24-year-old single mumof Maori descent, who has a child aged 2 years
They have supported me to be the best parent I can be for my son with their primary and secondary parenting courses, Circle of Security and Secure Beginnings Attachment Intervention.
I struggled with Post Natal Depression for 6 months after my son was born, as well as being a sole parent with little support. The Maternal Mental Health Community Support Workers, worked with me to create goals and found ways to support me in achieving them. There have been various workshops that I have attended and counselling sessions, that have allowed me to express my thoughts and feelings in a positive and healthy way.
Dayspring believes that we as a nation must do better for mothers and their children.
In counselling costs. Our programmes require mental stability in order to make lasting changes. We help facilitate this by providing free counselling to prepare them for the programmes.
Is the cost for putting 16 mothers through our Secure Beginnings programme – with only 3 people in NZ running this we are unable to touch the scale of the issue.
With your help we can bring the necessary change to these families now and in the future.
For our casual givers – any amount you can put towards our overheads and counselling services is greatly appreciated.
Lack of funding to help organisational growth is the main barrier to Dayspring being able to help the hundreds of other mothers and their children who desperately need our services.
Case for Support
Working with vulnerable mothers faced with mental health challenges for three decades now, Dayspring services shine new light on how their client-mothers can develop and maintain secure attachments (or bonds) between their child and themselves.