Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa ni, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni hao and Hello.
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)
Welcome back. I sincerely hope you all had a chance to enjoy your holidays.
We have done some changes to our Auckland boundaries, so for some welcome to my Snippets. If you have any questions or need support please give me a call. My region now includes Botany Downs, Pakuranga, East Tamaki, Otara, Papatoetoe and Mangere.
December was filled with Family Fun Days at the pools – Many thanks to Joe Ruri and Sally Mowbury-Lee who helped out at these. It was great to hear that some of you were able to attend the Foster Hope and Rotary Orewa Christmas parties. Thank you to Canon NZ for all of the Christmas presents that they supplied for foster children. Many thanks to Sally Mowbury-Lee and Pamela Anderson for helping me get them out to various families and whanau.
In December we welcomed Nyvonne Krause (the new Regional Coordinator for Auckland South). Nyvonne will be facilitating some training in the Central Auckland region. At the end of last year Nyvonne and I attended a forum of Caregiver Social Worker’s organised by Oranga Tamariki. It was good to meet up with the Caregiver Social Worker’s and to strengthen those relationships.
The calendar for Term One of 2019 is now live on our website. Click here to find out more and register. There are trainings on Attachment Types / Understanding & Supporting Behaviour / Building Secure Attachments / FASD / Living with Traumatised Children / Maltreatment & Family Violence & Keeping Memories. We try to offer trainings in a variety of suburbs & venues around the region e.g. Glen Eden, Greenlane, Northcote, Central, Mangere, Papatoetoe, Albany & Onehunga.
Children’s Day is celebrated on Sunday 3 March. I will let you know when other events have been finalised so keep an eye on our Facebook page. Meanwhile see the two links below of events currently organised – i.e. Join VOYCE in the Round the Bays Run OR head to the Pioneer Village in Silverdale for Children’s Day.
Foster Care Awareness Week
Foster Care Awareness Week runs from 3 March – 10 March. So again keep an eye on Facebook for announcements of upcoming event/s to celebrate foster caregivers both whanau and non-kin.
How important is this at any time of the year? Often the transition back into the school term is a challenging time for us as our tamariki adapt back into routines. Their internal fears of new teachers, new classrooms, new friends and new expectations can create turmoil that is expressed through behaviour. Predictable, consistent, calm and kind environments are the most conclusive to a stress-free beginning of a school day. Parenting tamariki with special needs and / or developmental trauma and challenging behaviour is undeniably stressful. If you get a chance to read this article then please do. If you don’t get a chance to read this article please can create an opportunity to make a cuppa and do something for ourselves.
Read “Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma” here.
Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and do let me know if you would like to set one up, I’m happy to help.
North Shore Support Group – Thursday 28 February – details to be confirmed closer to the time.
West Auckland Assoc Support Group – email Yasser for dates / venue: Yasser El Shall firstname.lastname@example.org
Central – the lovely Karmen Kurjama has started a coffee group in the Greenlane area.
FASD Support Group – The next meeting will be Tuesday February 12th – 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).
Please check out Facebook for updates on coffee group’s 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.
I’m really excited for what 2019 will bring and am so looking forward to meeting and walking beside many of you amazing caregivers this year.
Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)
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