‘’The Whakatau Mai sessions provide social connections, wellbeing activities and information for people – online, for free, in real time, and with real people. We create a safe space to learn, share, discuss and connect. We actively prioritise guest privacy and wellbeing, including offering private support from a Peer Support Worker who is available in each session.
Whakatau Mai | The Wellbeing Sessions offers a broad, holistic range of options, designed to support self-directed wellbeing with zero barriers to access. Anyone over the age of 18 with a device and an internet connection can join us. All sessions are hosted online on a private Zoom link, by capable facilitators from around the country. We are led by 'lived-experience'. This means that our facilitators and support crew have 'been there done that' – their own experiences of working through tough times means they understand what guests may be facing or feeling right now, as the implications of Covid-19 continue to impact us all.
Sessions range from topics such as yoga and physical fitness, art and dance, journaling and meditation to information and tips for managing anxiety and other emotions, as well as support groups, including LGBTQIA+.
Guests speak highly of the lived-experience aspect of the programme:
The innovative use of online video conferencing via a secure Zoom platform gives the team and their guests a wealth of ways to interact, making a session a rich experience, as a recent guest noted:
Accessibility and the freedom to attend sessions from home is also a strong appeal for guests:
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