Frequently asked questions
What is the A Girl Called Hope programme?
A Girl Called Hope exists to see young women reach their full potential through participation in a structured residential programme. The programme is open to NZ women aged 16 – 28 years, and consists of the following three phases:
Intake is the application and assessment phase.
In Residential phase residents live on–site for approximately six months, and have a structured daily routine tailored to the issues they are working through.
To build on her work through the Residential phase, a twelve month Transitional Support phase is offered to each young woman as they graduate.
Who can come?
Young women 16 to 28 years with a strong desire to change their lives. Entry to the programme is voluntary – that is, young women make their own choice to come to A Girl Called Hope. Once in the programme, they are expected to participate in all aspects of the programme.
We provide support, care and life-development training for young women who are facing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self harm, suicidal thinking or unplanned pregnancy.
An individual care plan is developed for each young woman. Access to health professionals including a Dietitian, GP and specialists is available as required. A Girl Called Hope is committed to assisting with family restoration where appropriate and possible.
What is the length/duration of programme?
The Residential programme is six months and we ask that young women are committed to this amount of time. This timeframe can be adapted to suit individual requirements.
How bad/severe do I need to be to come into the programme?
Admission to the programme is not based primarily on the severity of the issue, but the applicant's strong desire for change in their lives. We acknowledge that a residential programme will not be the appropriate response for all young women and as such will refer to other services as necessary.
What about seeing a specialist for different issues?
Specialist appointments for residents are arranged as requested. This may include seeing a physiotherapist, psychiatrist etc.
Can I come if I am on medication?
We accept young women who are on medication. Any changes to medication are made in consultation with a GP.
What happens if I need to see a Doctor?
A Girl Called Hope arranges medical appointments for residents as and when required.
What if I’m already on a dietician set meal plan?
A Girl Called Hope will liaise with community dietitians to ensure a smooth transition for residents into the programme.
New residents will meet with the A Girl Called Hope dietitian to tailor the set meal plans to their individual needs.
What if I am a vegetarian, vegan etc?
A Girl Called Hope operates a set meal plan designed to ensure a balanced diet for the residents. The weekly menu has a range of vegetarian and meat meals with the understanding that residents respect our clearly outlined meal etiquette.
What and when do I eat?
Meal Plans are developed by the Household Manager in conjunction with the Dietitian. All residents eat three meals a day. Snacks are also provided for morning and afternoon tea, and supper. Regular consults with the Dietitian are also available to residents who require individualised meal plans, eg. those with disordered eating and health issues.
Can I complete University studies while I'm at A Girl Called Hope?
We encourage young women to defer their studies while they are in the programme. Most Universities have an option to defer studies due to special circumstances.
What method of counselling is used at A Girl Called Hope?
The Counsellors at A Girl Called Hope work holistically with residents and draw on a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including elements of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), IDT (Interactive Drawing Therapy) and Narrative Therapy. Our counsellors use tools which deal with exploration of faith, choosing to forgive, renewing the mind and generational patterns. Counsellors are members of appropriate professional bodies and practice in accordance with their relevant Code of Ethics.
All residents set goals for what they’d like to achieve through their time at A Girl Called Hope.
Do you have to be a Christian/religious/go to church to come to A Girl Called Hope?
A Girl Called Hope openly acknowledges that the programme offered is based on Christian principles and includes related activities such as attending church and devotions (bible reading and reflective time). While applicants do not need to be Christian to participate in the programme, it is important that they consider this element when applying. We ask that residents are open to hearing about God and exploring their faith.
What costs are involved?
Our commitment to reducing financial barriers for applicants means that we rely on donations and the monthly partnerships of those who believe in the programme and what it has to offer NZ’s young women. Through the donations of everyday people, residents and their support networks, we can continue to help young women find freedom and a future.
In addition to their donations each resident is responsible for their weekly personal shopping, medical costs and travel for regular weekend leave.
What is the age range?
The age range is 16 to 28 years.
A young woman may apply if she is under 16, however entry would only be possible once she has turned 16.
What about seeing a Dietitian?
Consults with a Dietitian are arranged to meet individual Resident needs.
What are the recreational activities?
Do I get to go out?
Most days there is an organised activity off site. This includes recreational activities such as bush or beach walks, visiting the libary, time for personal shopping, going to church together or attending other special events from time to time.
When do I get to see my family/friends?
Weekend leave is encouraged every 4 to 6 weeks, when you can spend time with family and friends.
Communication is important so daily emails from support networks are encouraged. Delivery and collection of postal mail takes place every week day.
To help residents remain focussed with the week’s schedule, phone calls are easily made and received on the weekends. Families are welcome to call at any time should a significant situation arise which involves/affects their young woman.
What happens when I finish the programme?
To build on her work through the Residential phase, a twelve month transitional support phase is offered to each young woman as they graduate. Topics explored prior to completing the programme are accomodation, vocational guidance, budgeting and support structures.
An accountability mentor from her community and regular contact with our Transition Coordinator supports the graduate's reintegration back into community.
Where else can I get help from?
At A Girl Called Hope we recognise that our programme is not suited to everyone, therefore we have listed some other organisations that you may find helpful
How does A Girl Called Hope Incorporate the Treaty of Waitangi?
A Girl Called Hope recognises the principle of partnership within Te Tiriti O Waitangi. Our commitment to partnership ensures that in all phases of the programme there is appropriate cultural assessment and response, input of a programme participant’s whanau network, engagement of cultural lore as well as cultural supervision for therapeutic staff.