Mates & Dates

Nest Consulting is an Auckland provider of ACC’s Mates & Dates programme; a programme designed  to prevent sexual violence through the delivery of education, health promotion and prevention activities.
In 2019, Nest Consulting delivered 205 Mates & Dates workshops in the Greater Auckland area with bookings increasing to 264 workshops in 2020. Nest also frequently work in the disability sector. We believe that education is the best strategy to prevent sexual violence in our communities.

Mates & Dates. is an ACC-funded nation wide initiative –  The Mates and Dates programme was developed by experts in consultation with young people who were asked what they want to talk about and learn, with the aim of preventing sexual violence in communities.

What is it?
Mates & Dates runs from Yr 9 through to Yr 13, using five modules to develop skills on communicating, understanding consent, building healthy and respectful relationships and how to support each one another. Mates and Dates builds on knowledge from year to year, with specific activities and knowledge tailored for each year level. It supports the four underlying and interdependent concepts at the heart of the Health and Physical Education Learning area, targeted at levels 4-8 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Mates & Dates aims to teach young people how to:

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.

Mates & Dates is a strengths-based programme that believes all young people are able act with respect towards their mates, dates, and family in all interactions.

Each year’s content is appropriate for that age group and is taught by male and female facilitators.

Why?
Research shows:

  • 15-24 year olds are the group most at risk from violence by current and ex-partners.
  • 1 in 5 female and 1 in 10 male secondary school students report unwanted sexual contact or being made to do unwanted sexual things. 37% describe it as severe and 57% tell no-one.
  • Working with young people is one of the most effective ways of preventing sexual and dating violence.
Mates & Dates is a fully funded programme – there are no costs to schools.

Read more about the programme here and get in touch if you’d like to book Nest to deliver Mates & Dates in your school.