Mental Health Support Services
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An update from The Poetry Project.....
Good afternoon to all past and present participants of The Poetry Project!
I have recently made a server on Discord, here: https://discord.gg/SMDEgNnkMh with the purpose of keeping in contact, sharing poetry, having discussions, getting feedback, etc. I may also post writing prompts from time to time, and that sort of thing.
Discord also supports video chat, and so I hope to use it for a free Zoom alternative this coming Thursday, given that the current alert level likely means no classes at Te-Ata for the coming week.
(I decided not to use Zoom this time as buying another month's subscription seems wasteful for what is probably (hopefully?) a one-off event.)
You are all welcome to join the server even if you just want to say hello or such.
See you there!
Te Ata is a peer-led community support centre based in West Auckland for the West Auckland community. We offer educational, recreational and social support services to people with a diagnosed mental health disorder.
If you are over 18, live in the West Auckland area and have a mental health diagnosis, or have been under a mental health team and you Te Ata may be able to help you on your journey, please feel free to give us a call and find out more about us and if you fit the criteria for our free services.
For our potential new members:
What can you expect if you sign up at Te Ata?
Membership is free!
Enroling at Te Ata is quick and easy with one of our friendly centre hosts who will walk you through an introduction of the centre, fill out an enrolment form, and if you need support for this you are welcome to bring a support person with you. Enrolment form is purely for your ensured privacy and professional care, sensitivity and respect of all members of Te Ata, the staff and support people too.
A quick orientation guide of the centre will follow and help you get settled in on your first day joining our growing circle of friends at Te Ata. You will recieve a welcome pack including a membership card and enjoy a free tea or coffee for your first day.
All this information and more will be available to you at the centre and our friendly centre hosts will be happy to help you connect and join in on any classes or activities you would like to attend or have interest in and want to learn more about them. And can also answer any questions you may have.
What do we get up to at Te Ata?
What we offer at Te Ata is a social space to meet and connect with other people who are in various stages of their mental health journey. We have classes, work shops, holiday events, social outings, board games, pool table, table tennis and a donations table. Available also is cheap snacks & fresh hot soup which can be purchased.
And tea/coffee facilities are provided which are 20 cents for members.
All money from snacks and tea/coffee is collected and goes back to members by funding an event etc. This is then also discussed with and decided by fellow members. In recent years Te Ata members decided to buy an arcade machine which has lots of different classic arcade games. It is 20c a game and this money was decided to also help continue fund the next exciting addition or event.
Te Ata is a place for you, run by people like you!
We want all members to know they are in a safe environment and active participation is encouraged. Any volunteer work helping keep the centre a cool shared social space for learning and relaxing in the company of your peers are optional for those who are looking for those opportunities. Many tasks and events are peer run and a shared responsibility. One example is our annual Christmas party, members can join in decorating, party planning and so forth.
We have members meetings at least once a term where we keep everyone up to date with plans for the centre and upcoming events. It is also an oppurtunity for all members to speak about ideas, discuss and vote on events and make decisions on future social outings. Enabling members to have a voice about how we can continue to grow Te Ata to suit it's members needs. We often have a shared lunch and activities afterwards.
Te Ata is for any demographic and at any stage of their mental health journey who is looking for peer support and a place to have opportunities to grow, feel included and share experiences and learn with others.
Our vision -
People recovering from mental illness will feel supported and empowered to participate meaningfully within the community.
Our mission -
We aim to enhance people's recovery from mental illness by providing social, recreational and educational support in a safe environment.
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm
Kitchen closes at 3pm every day
All staff supporting clients with transport please pick up by 3.15pm
Te Ata staff thank you for your co-operation
Current class times and cancellations can also be found on the noticeboards inside Te Ata.
For information on public holidays/closed times please check out
the time table for our classes & important dates listed below.
Updates are also available on our Facebook page.
Classes @ Te Ata
Term 1 , 2021
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Important Dates and Events:
Term 1: Tuesday the 2nd of February till Friday the 16th of April
Term 2: Monday 3rd of May till Friday the 9th of July
Term 3: Monday 26th of July till Friday 1st of October
Term 4: Monday the 18th of October till TBC
Class terms at Te Ata follow New Zealand's school holiday dates, there is a 2 week break between each term. Te Ata will still be open during school holidays between terms unless specified.
We will be closed on the following public holidays:
Auckland Anniversary, February 1st
Waitangi Day, February 8th
Good Friday, April 2nd
Easter Monday, April 5th
ANZAC Day, April 25th
Queen's Birthday, June 7th
Labour Day, October 25th
Christmas Break, Closed from TBC
Annual General Meeting:
Light refreshments provided.
Te Ata Christmas Party:
Next Members meeting date: Thursday 4th March
For more updates please contact us on 09-8370671
Fair Food Collection
Every Wednesday afternoon after 12pm we collect a delivery of fruit, vegetables, bread and other goodies from the fair food truck. This is a free service to all members of Te Ata so bring along your own reusable bag and our friendly staff will assist with choosing what you are interested in.
Below is our Matariki celebration that mainly Fair Food donations helped us create!
This activity will evoke the curiosity within and explore national and international news articles and topics taking place at the time and engage in valuable and positive conversations. We will also have a range of Guest speakers and services who will cover topics such as; Tenancy Rights & Obligations, Budgeting advice, what to do in a civil emergency etc. Dates are to be confirmed with the Guest speakers and will be announced on our website, – So keep an eye out!
Exercise and wellbeing class - Aline's All Sorts
If you have a love for music and exercise whether you are sitting or standing then this class will appeal to those who enjoy grooving and moving to good music. Aline (tutor) will endeavor to create a fun filled motivated dancing and exercise class that will bring about shrieks of laughter and great tunes as you exercise away.
Come along and play doubles in a friendly, relaxed game. If you are not so confident on the Pool Table then this is a good opportunity to practice without pressure.
Art, Crafts & Journaling Class
The Tuesday afternoon class will really explore your creative side. We will help you learn various art techniques and mediums to create a journal of expression and creativity.
This class will help you relax and pamper you. Come and get a clothes-on back massage and your nails painted. A large selection of colours available.
The Poetry project Class
Adventure into the realms of poetic possibility, where you’ll explore that which lies inside your imagination. Set free your unwritten words and discover the joys of writing in your own style - no prior knowledge of poetry required.
Creative Writing Class
Learn how to write stories, poetry and many other things.
Pool Competition Class
Get involved in the popular weekly pool competition with a little prize each week. The person with the most wins per team will get a prize. Any level can play and the more you play the better you become.
Te Ata Darts
Have you played darts before? Are you wanting to give something new a try? This activity could be for you … come along and learn what games can be played with darts and more importantly to have fun with friends at Te Ata.
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
Explore creativity through dance and movement where you can find moments of fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation for the mind and body. Find freedom and connection to your body's natural rhythm!
Board Of Trustees
Daniel Sutton, Chairperson
Clarinda Stirling, Secretary
Cathy Jordan, Treasurer
Gayleen Maurice, Trustee member
Aline Martin, Trustee member
Aelia Abbas, Trustee member
We are currently recruiting for new board members.
Please contact us on 09-8370671
for more information.
Contact & social media information
Units H 2&3,
52 Keeling Road,
Member phone: 09-8370670
P O Box 21553,