Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)
March was clouded by such a tragedy that it takes precedence over any news. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch. No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
The outpouring of love and solidarity of course has been overwhelming and I hope it goes some way towards helping our Muslim communities in their healing.
Foster Care Awareness Week
The first week of March saw the celebration and recognition of the contribution you all make as caregivers. It was wonderful to share in this as your Regional Coordinator. I got to meet some of you at some of the events and that was a privilege.
A special shout out to Lizzie Westman the Show Manager of the Kumeu Show for sharing 182 free tickets – all of which were enthusiastically taken up within 48 hours. I enjoyed seeing some happy posts and photos on Facebook sharing this occasion. She assures me she will support us again next year, so look out for this in 2020.
We had a celebration in New Lynn and one in Mt Wellington to show our appreciation of caregivers. Here are a couple of photos. Thanks to Pamela Anderson for co-hosting the West Auckland one and to Philip Lemalu and his team at Youth Horizons for co-hosting the one in Mt Wellington. I’d like to extend my personal thanks to a dear friend of mine Tracey Stimpson who came in and helped me make up approximately 80 goodie bags. Thank you as always to L’Oreal for their products in support of caregivers. Also thanks to Jacob at Mt Atkinson Coffee for his freshly roasted coffee and to the City Cake Company for their two donated delicious cakes that were shared with caregivers at the events.
Excellence in Foster Care Awards
I was very excited to learn that our very own Margaret Chung was one of the successful recipients of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards. I have met Margaret numerous times now and always love her positive energy, her enthusiasm for life, her attendance and contributions at our Fostering Kids NZ training …. As she says “ it doesn’t matter how many times I attend these trainings I always learn something new!” We look forward in sharing the award ceremony with Margaret at our National Conference here in Auckland in October.
Face your Future
Face Your Future is an innovative programme hosted by our friends at L’Oreal NZ in association with Fostering Kids NZ. It is a FREE two day event packed with motivational speakers and hands-on workshops to get young people thinking about what is next in their lives.
Each year speakers share personal stories of how they have overcome hardship to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Workshops focus on career pathways, interview strategies, communication skills and personal presentation tips.
This year, Face Your Future is being held on 16 and 17 April 2019, during the April school holidays. Participants are hosted by L’Oreal NZ at the L’Oreal Academy in Auckland’s CBD, their headquarters in Ellerslie and their distribution centre in Otahuhu.
There are a few places still available for young people aged 16 – 18 who live in Auckland and are in the care of caregivers or agencies that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. To find more information and to register click here. Register now as spaces are limited!
Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and do let me know if you would like to set one up and I am happy to support and attend.
FASD Support Group – The next meeting will be Tuesday 9 April – Lounge at the Church, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay 7.00pm – 8.45pm. All caregivers welcome who have children with confirmed or suspected FASD.
(The church is called ‘Church of the Saviour).
West Auckland Assoc support group – email Yasser for dates / venue : Yasser El Shall firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out Facebook for updates on coffee groups times and dates etc. Just a reminder we have a closed Facebook page for caregivers. Feel free to join and see information that is placed on here by other caregivers.
Check out the training schedule here to find out more and to register.
Trainings are offered in a variety of suburbs & venues around the region e.g. Glen Eden, Greenlane, Northcote, Central, Mangere, Papatoetoe, Albany & Onehunga. We’ve scheduled at least one training/learning opportunity up in the Orewa area in Term 2 for all our North Auckland folk.
Remember if you are interested in a particular workshop please request it via your Caregiver Social Worker or to me or Christine and we’ll try to schedule it as soon as possible.
I will be on annual leave from the 1st April to 10th April. Please use our National Office for any support calls and someone will attend to your concerns / enquiries. 0800 693 323
Take extra special care of yourselves and your loved ones during these times of disquiet. It’s hard to estimate the toll it can take on ourselves and our tamariki. Be safe. Be kind.
Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!
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