For 19 years we have worked to help children, young people and families to flourish. We are now recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading agencies of social enterprise and innovation. Since 1991, Great Potentials has created the Family Service Centre model; introduced HIPPY- Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters – and established it in 27 communities; it has introduced MATES – Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme; and it has successfully advocated for the introduction of Family Start, now in 32 communities.
Our vision is well-nurtured children within well functioning families, contributing to safe communities and a prosperous nation.
Our principles are to be solution focussed, working for positive change and acting early and cost-effectively to prevent later high cost negative spending resulting from educational failure, violence and crime.
Our mission is to work for and with children, young people and families to:
- Relieve suffering
- Release potential
- Reduce disparities in NZ society
- Reduce crime and violence
- Break the cycle of disadvantage
- Promote family functioning.
Great Potentials works at critical points of transition:
- transition into parenthood
- transition into primary school (HIPPY)
- transition from intermediate to secondary school (MATES Junior)
- transition from secondary school to tertiary education (MATES Senior).
For all the latest HIPPY news, check out our HIPPY Update
Marilyns Hairdressing Charity Event
On the 7th April, Marilyns Hairdressing held a chairty event with all proceeds going to Great Potentials. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event, we are thrilled to announce that over $5000 was raised! See more photos from the day on our Facebook page.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
Great Potentials’ Annual Report 2011-2012 is now available. Click here to read the report and learn more about the Foundation’s activities over the last period.
For a copy of the printed report, please contact us.