The Putaruru policewoman’s been dealing with at risk youth in her South Waikato town for many years and thought some parenting classes would really benefit her community.
“We work with a lot of people from low socio-economic areas, people who haven’t had positive role models growing up, people who may have just got out of jail. A lot of these people have kids but don’t have the tools to parent so I thought some classes would really benefit our community.”
Debbie Trulove from the Transform Aotearoa Charitable Trust agreed and together with some help from community groups and the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund the “Building Awesome Whanau” classes were launched.
Jackie says the classes produced immediate results.
“We had people come to the classes who were really struggling, but we were able to give them tips on how to handle different situations., All of a sudden they seemed to have a lot more confidence and you could see them trying. One woman came in elated one week and told us she had put some of the things into practise and they had actually worked.”
Debbie says the trust was really pleased with the way people engaged in the classes and the grant from the Grass Roots Fund is really appreciated by the locals.
“Fonterra is really visible in Putaruru these days. First there was the factory that opened in Lichfield and created jobs and now they have helped us out with these classes. This really shows people how Fonterra is helping communities.”