Seasons For Growth




Seasons for Growth is a range of programmes based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life.  The programme provides an opportunity for adults, children (6 years+) and teenagers to examine how loss, grief and change impacts your life.  It imparts knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable you to understand and manage the grief experience.

For children 6 years and up and teenagers our programmes are run in schools or after school for one hour per week during term time.
  The sessions include stories and discussions, crafts and games. Sharing (what they want to) and FUN in a loving caring and safe environment.

Where & When? 

Afterschool Groups are run every school term on a Thursday from 4-5pm. They are held in the smaller hall and rooms behind the Pukekohe Anglican Church, on the corner of Wesley & Queen streets in Pukekohe. 

We also run In-school Programmes in different Franklin Schools and Colleges throughout the year, these will change each term. Please see our current schedule of schools below.

Our next Afterschool and Parent Programmes will begin in Term 1 2018 on Thursday 15th of February. Please contact Marisa for further information or to enrol.

An In-school Programme will run at Mauku School also beginning on 15th of February. Please contact the School for further information.


There are also programmes for:

Supporting your Child following Separation and Divorce

Developed to meet the needs of parents supporting children and young people through family change and loss.  Providing parents,

the opportunity to understand the experience of separation and divorce from a child’s perspective.


Picking Up the Pieces
For people who are in contact with children and young people, but who are not trained in grief or psychological support.  It aims to help participants recognise what is “normal” grief behaviour and offers some practical strategies.


Meet the Seasons Programme Coordinator 

Marisa Mencarelli-Skilton 

Marisa is a mother of two, trained counsellor, and experienced community worker. After qualifying with a degree in Psychology from Auckland University she went on to complete a post graduate qualification in Alcohol and Drug Counselling, which she has put to good use in her work with the Odyssey House Trust over 9 years. Her roles with the Trust included Senior Youth Worker and Centre-Line Coordinator, both in the Youth Day Programme, where she was responsible for running multi-family groups, group therapy and 1:1 counselling with youth aged 13-17 years. In her last role with Odyssey House, Marisa took on the position of Senior Practitioner at the Assessment and Admission Centre, carrying out mentoring and training of other staff and one-to-one assessment of adult and youth clients. Marisa has been working with the Seasons Programme for 5 years, the SPACE Programme for 4 years and Selwyn Centre for 3. 5 years.

For more information and joining Seasons, contact Marisa  on 021 142 5812
or via email