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Friends for life

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.

Anxiety and stress is common, potentially affecting over 20% of children in this age group. It can be displayed as heightened emotions regarding homework, friendships, attending school camp and even non-local events that appear on the news such as natural disasters.

FRIENDS for Life can reduce anxiety by giving participants the tools they need to cope in stressful and challenging situations. The program also provides strategies to improve a participant’s social skills, anger management, ability to focus, confidence, problem solving and the ability to relax and regulate emotions. While the program teaches participants to cope with their feelings, it also provides tools to recognise the feelings of others. Most importantly, FRIENDS for Life aims to help children choose helpful behaviours, to be resilient, mindful, happy and brave as they transition to their teenage years.

 

 

 

When:    

Term 2 Program FULL
every Sunday for 5 weeks starting Sunday 13th May to Sunday 10th June.
Time: 12pm – 2pm
 
July Holiday Program FULL
 5 days starting Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July. 
Time: 12pm – 2pm

Term 3 Program 
every Sunday for 5 weeks starting Sunday 5th August to Sunday 2nd September.
Time: 12pm – 2pm
 

Program Costs:

The cost of the program per child is $990, and $200 for parents to participate in Friends Support Parenting Sessions. To secure your child’s spot in the program, a $200 deposit is required.
 
Please note that FRIENDS Group Programs are not subject to Medicare or Private Health rebates. 
 
 
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