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Friends for life Program

Give your children the best toolbox of skills for primary school

About the Friends for Life program

Friends for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that is recognised by the World Heath Organisation for over 12 years of comprehensive research and as an effective means of increasing resilience and coping skills for children aged 8-11.

 Skills that are taught in Friends For Life include:

– Self regulation skills – learning the difference between appropriate and inappropriate responses to our feelings and how we can choose more appropriate responses

– Positive thinking – learning how our thoughts can have a negative influence on our experiences and how we can change our thinking to help us feel less anxious, angry and/or sad

– Problem solving – learning how to break seemingly big problems into small steps to encourage us as we face different challenges

– Social skills – learning how to cope with peer difficulties and building confidence in social settings

– Relaxation & mindfulness – learning how to calm down our bodies and minds so we are able to think more clearly and feel more relaxed and energised

– Role models & support people – learning who we can turn to for help when we need it

– Coping skills – every skill taught throughout the program is used in different scenarios to show children how we can apply the skills to help us cope with life’s difficult situations 


Term Two Program every Sunday for 5 weeks starting Sunday 21st May to Sunday 18th of June
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

July Holiday Program Monday 3rd – Friday 7th 
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Program Costs:

The cost of the program per child is $990, and $200 for parents in Friends Support Parenting Session. To secure your child’s spot in the program, a $200 deposit is required.
Friends for life

How does this program help?

Friends for Life is proven to reduce anxiety and give participants the tools they need to cope in stressful and challenging situations.

Friends For Life also improves:

  • Ability to understand own and others feelings
  • Ability to think more positively
  • Social skills
  • Confidence
  • Ability to relax
  • Ability to regulate emotions
  • Ability to engage in more appropriate behaviours


Friends for Life uses the FRIENDS acronym to help children remember the concepts they learn throughout the program.

  • Feelings (talk about your feelings and care about other people’s feelings)
  • Relax (do “milkshake” breathing, have some quiet time)
  • I can try (we can all try our best)
  • Encourage (step plans to happy home)
  • Nurture (quality time together doing fun activities)
  • Don’t forget – be brave! (practice skills everyday with friends /family)
  • Stay happy and talk to support networks


Looking for more information?

Enquire about the Friends for Life program