Seasons for Growth helps children, young people and adults build the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing following significant loss.
Participants explore the impact of change and loss and learn about ways to adapt and respond well to experiences of grief. They are supported through building their communication, decision making and problem-solving skills within the context of a safe and supportive peer group learning environment.
Children & young people
Suitable for anyone aged 6-18 who is living with the effects of change and loss.
Helps parents to better understand the experience of death, separation and divorce from a child's perspective.
A trained Companion facilitates all programs, providing a safe and creative way to explore feelings, memories, loss and grief.
History of our grief and loss programs
The Seasons for Growth program was launched in 1996, in recognition of the need to support children, young people and adults experiencing uncertainty, change, loss and grief.
"Feelings and emotions come and go, like the seasons in a year come and go."
11 year old Seasons for Growth participant
Seasons Toolkit: Riding the Waves of Change
A video learning resource with discussion prompts to support the social-emotional wellbeing of young people throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agencies to contact when you or someone you know requires support. For emergencies, call 000.
Inspiring partnerships enhance children’s wellbeing
Since the 2019 monsoons and flooding, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission has strived to ensure that an appropriate response exists to assist students coping with natural disasters.
School resource challenges alleviated through funding partnerships
In 2020, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and NSW School Link program collaborated with MacKillop Family Services to deliver programs to students in Forster and Taree, NSW.
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.