SuperGrans Manawatu

Our Stories

Workshop Testimonials

We have a range of workshops and here are some testimonials from our participants:

“I enjoy working as part of a team in the workshops and eating together at the end.”


“The most useful part of the workshop is learning new recipes to try at home by myself”


“I like the team work and interaction and the simple easy to follow instructions.”


“I found all aspects of the workshop useful - I particularly enjoyed learning about raised-bed vegetable gardening.”


“SuperGrans has done a marvelous job helping me to learn new skills – my mentor supported me to learn to cook new recipes. I recommend them to all of my friends.”


“The SuperGrans workshops had a very warm and welcoming environment and I enjoyed coming to sewing.”


One-on-One Testimonials

Bev Page has been with SuperGrans Manawatu from the beginning. This is her story:

"I had a bit of spare time and I saw the ad in the paper and I looked for something where I could meet people and pass on some of my skills and I took up SuperGrans. The best thing I think for me is that I learnt a lot about myself and I’ve learnt a lot about people and how different people are and you learn not to judge because their way of life maybe isn’t the same as yours it doesn’t mean to say it’s wrong.

Well my first client was a wee young lady that had three boys and I started with her and she was on her own and she had one with learning disabilities and she just wasn’t coping with feeding the boys, housework, just being organised actually and I just went in and sat with her and showed her how to change her nappy on her baby and putting him into bed for a nap – just some form of organisation so that she could get her housework done and get meals organised for the boys and walk down to school to pick them up. She walked everywhere she walked all around town to her meetings; she was an absolutely incredible young lady. She just didn’t know some of the things to me that were common sense and I suddenly realised she didn’t know what to do so I just put her in the right direction and she is doing wonderfully well now."

- Bev, former Board Member and Mentor

"One success story that comes to mind is Jenny who came to us to build on her parenting skills after being referred after the birth of her third child. I matched her with Mary and they spent six months working together to improve Jenny’s confidence and develop new strategies to develop her parenting abilities. Jenny now has lots of strategies in place to help her parent well and we have recently closed her off as she now has the confidence to continue without Mary’s mentoring support. It is wonderful to see a client develop in their confidence while having someone walk beside them on their parenting journey just for a short while.”

- Joanne, Manager and former Service Co-ordinator (one-on-one)

Sue, founder of SuperGrans Manawatu, was interviewed and was asked if there were any stories that stuck in her mind from the early days and this was her response:

"Probably one of my volunteers, her client that she worked with for probably two years - started with someone who had absolutely no idea on how to look after her children, how to manage her home, basically her whole life was in turmoil and that’s how she lived. Within that time she was able to get a good structure with her children, a good balance with her home life, to be able to then get out of a HousingCorp home and able to rent a home out within the community and two years later she is going well."

- Sue, SuperGrans Manawatu's First Co-ordinator

"I would absolutely recommend SuperGrans to others. I used to knit years ago, but when my grandson was born I felt quite inadequate about knitting for him. My SuperGran was so encouraging and never took over. She explained it to me and made me do the work so when it was finished I could honestly say I had made it myself and feel a great sense of achievement. She was amazing."

- Testimonial from a one-on-one knitting client.

"Mentoring for SuperGrans has been a wonderful experience for me. I felt fully supported by SuperGrans during the time I helped a family to increase their cooking skills. I know the family enjoyed the experience and I felt that I actually got as much out of the mentoring as they did. I look forward to helping out a new SuperGrans client."

- Marianne, one-on-one mentor

* Some names have been changed to ensure confidentiality.