Mates and Dates
WestREAP hold the contract with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for delivery of the Mates and Dates programme into West Coast schools in the Buller, Grey and Westland districts.
Mates and Dates is about helping young people to have healthy and happy relationships
It isn’t just about dating. It’s about all kinds of relationships, including family and friends.
Trained facilitators will teach young people how to:
identify unhealthy relationships
have healthy relationships based on respect, negotiation and consent
identify inappropriate behaviour
get help if they, or someone they know, are in an unhealthy relationship
safely intervene in situations that could lead to harm.
We want to give young people the skills and knowledge to prevent the harm caused by sexual violence and dating violence.
ACC fully fund Mates & Dates. It’s a multi-year programme taught in years 9-13 through five 50 minute sessions over about five weeks. It builds year on year and ties in with the learning area of health and physical education. It’s aimed at levels 4-8 of the New Zealand School Curriculum.
Schools decide if they want to register for Mates & Dates and then trained facilitators work with principals and teachers to look at the best time to deliver the programme for the school.