About Skylight

What we do

We support people of all ages throughout New Zealand who are facing any kind of tough life situation, but we specialise in grief, loss and trauma.

Skylight History  

The First 20 years - 1996 - 2016


We provide counselling services for people going through difficult times in life. The range of issues we could support you with include:

  • Grief and bereavement (including bereavement by suicide or homicide)
  • Trauma (including witnessing a traumatic event)
  • Family break up and adjusting to blended families
  • Behavioural issues (anger in children, bullying, ASD)
  • Illness and anticipated death
  • Mild to moderate mental health issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Broken relationships
  • Injury or disability
  • Disaster aftermath


Resource centre

Our Resource Centre offers a wide range of specialist information about the different ways change, loss, trauma and grief can affect people. We can send information and support materials to you anywhere in New Zealand.

Skylight library

Skylight shop


Our work helps people to find ways to live with life’s losses, to build on their natural resilience and to move forward in their lives. We give them access to expert information, education, professional services, and support.

We provide programmes in schools to help build resilience in children and facilitate support groups for people going through different types of loss.



Skylight's workshops provide professional development for people working in environments where they are supporting children, young people, families, whānau and communities, through challenging life events and crises.



We advocate for awareness and systemic change at national government, local government and organisation levels, to ensure the availability of grief support in communities where it is absent.

How we are funded

Our funding comes from fundraising events, grants and donations, sponsorships, and Government contracts for some service provision.

Thank you to all the individuals, organisations and grant agencies that have supported us and helped us become what we are today.

Support us

​Skylight is a national, not-for-profit trust. Skylight is registered with Charities Services as Skylight Trust, CC27206.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who share the vision of seeing people of any age supported and empowered to move forward in their lives.

Our team

Annual Reports

2022 - 2023

2021 - 2022

2020 - 2021

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Resources Available at Skylight

Skylight is here to help you through difficult times. We can assist you in a variety of ways with information appropriate for your situation. You are welcome to visit us and receive free information and a support pack from our resource centre and borrow books from the specialist library. We also facilitate Professional Development training and offer Counselling support services for children, young people, family/whānau and individuals who are experiencing tough times.

Request a Pack Library

Online Shop

Our online shop features Skylight's own publications and other specialist titles from New Zealand and around the world. Search titles, keywords or category headings by clicking the shop button.