Kia ora Whanau, I’d like to introduce myself and explain a bit about Kiwi Dads Christchurch.
My name is Don Benn and I’m a Community Development Worker with the Neighbourhood Trust who are based at St Albans Baptist Church.
I have been married to my wife for almost 21 years and we are parents to three teenagers (a daughter aged 16, and two boys aged 15 & 13). Contrary to some views about teenagers, we absolutely love being around our kids and helping them face the challenges of growing up. We talk a lot, laugh a lot, and share a lot together as we negotiate the challenges of teenage years. This has not come about suddenly, but comes on the back of years of working hard to be better parents, learning from mistakes, being prepared to apologise for mistakes made, and encouraging good lines of communication with our kids. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and have had to grapple with doing parenting differently to some of the ways I was brought up with.
Kiwi Dads Chch is a Facebook group designed to help dads in their role as parents. It aims to provide inspiration, encouragement, information, promotion of events and activities, some fun and humour, as well as some personal reflections. From time to time we may also get an event going where dads can get together for a social activity with their kids. The group is open to mums joining as well since dads are sometimes not on Facebook and their spouse or partner can feed information through. You can find the Facebook page by going to @KiwiDadsChch and you’ll see the same pic as the one in the top left corner of this page.
As a Community Development Worker, I am available to meet with dads to simply chat, support, and encourage them in their role as a dad. I’ll even shout a coffee. I’m not a professionally trained social worker, counsellor, or therapist, but what I do bring is a listening ear and a few years of experience as a parent to understand the challenges and offer any advice that may help.
If you’re a dad and would like to meet me for a chat, just contact me via one of the details below.
Mobile: 027 956 9202
Postal address: P.O. Box 21 179 Edgeware, Christchurch 8143
Physical address: 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans, Christchurch.