Safer Ashburton runs the Children’s Programme over the Christmas school holidays. Vulnerable children aged 5 to 10 years are the focus of the programme, which addresses topics such as bullying, personal safety, fear, depression, friendship, and life skills.
These are worked into a fun and diverse range of activities such as visiting Christchurch, swimming, crafts, and cooking.
The programme delivery is age-specific, so children are arranged into their peer groups when attending. Referrals are made by other agencies in the community that are working directly with the children or their families.